I really like a good battle movie, and it doesn't matter if it's a western, historical, or a war movie. I just like to see a terrific battle. Especially, the ones where a person just charges into the action and won't quit or allow fear to hinder their fight. They just keep fighting until they give all the energy and drive they have inside their body. Just when you think they are beaten they give it one last push. It's as if they are driven by something more substantial than themselves, their surroundings, or their enemy. Their minds have become determined to win.
I don't suggest we all wake up and go to work as if we are entering onto a battlefield. But it would be nice to see more people who dared to stand. It would be nice to see people who just resolved in their minds not to quit. To just keep pushing until they achieved something more than the norm or the same old stuff. I think some people just get tired in the battle to succeed and resolve in their hearts and minds to just settle. "It's just too hard," they will say. " I've tried, and it just didn't work."
Well try again or try something different but just don't give up! Fight! Fight to see your dreams manifested. Fight to see your company succeed. Fight to become the best in your industry. Indeed fighting will hurt and it's very exhausting and frustrating. I get it. But if everyone just quit where would we be today.
Leaders are quitting and settling in how their company should perform. They are tired of fighting with employees, tired of every new idea seeming to fail or fall short of the overall target. Tired of the cost required to lead the pack and stay ahead of the competitors. So they give up and just follow the crowd. Consequently, we end up with a bunch of the same with just different labels.
Remember the good-ole-days when it seemed we had more options thus experienced different creations; we had variety. Even car models were so unique you could see a model three blocks away and know the make and model. Now, many things seem so alike you begin to ask the question. Who is on the battlefield fighting for creativity, uniqueness, and real innovation?
Fighting a good battle is about having the boldness to stand and not compromise. It's about pushing away fears and taking hold of something greater than yourself. It's about a vision bigger than one person but playing your vital role to bring it to pass. On the battlefield of business, there will be many casualties such as money loss, employees leaving, competitors beating your ideas to the market, ideas stolen, failures with development. However, to have a victory, it will take a good battle that requires standing alone and continuing to lead the pack. It may require standing alone and driving forward especially in those moments when others can not see the vision. Be the leader and fight a magnificent battle.
We can assume there were probably many failures before Henry Ford created the model-T, Edison figuring out the light bulb, and before George Washington Carver figured out three hundred different uses for the peanut. Prior to the many great and unique things we have today, there were failures. However, someone just kept staying on the battlefield of innovation and progress. In essence, they learned to fight a good battle against complacency, fear, and failure.
It doesn't matter what your degree of impact or your field of influence. Just stay on the battlefield of progress in your sphere of influence. Teachers remain on the battlefield to educate and train our future generations. Employees stay on the battlefield to excel on your job; excel in your field of influence. Leaders stay on the battlefield to lead your company to more significant achievements and innovation.
The Art of a Good Battle is about how you stay in the fight and don't give up or allow the handcuffs of complacency to lock up your progress. The battle may require a change in strategy, weaponry, new intelligence, or just the heart to keep going. Whatever, it takes, please keep going because we need your creativity, tenacity, and courage to bring forth innovations, new ideas, and boldness to refuse compromise.