So, I just saw this commercial from the NCAA showing athletes failing, whether missing a catch in a game, not able to perform a lift to completion that would have most likely been a personal record, or even stumbling during a race while in first place. At the end of the commercial, the narrator stated that even with all of these stumbling blocks, those that continue to persevere through these obstacles become something only few can become, champions, winners, elitists.
Never giving up is something we hear throughout our lives, but yet, somewhere, we get in our heads that giving up something is okay as long as we bargain with ourselves. Obviously giving up something that is unhealthy is good, but to give up something you love or desire most of all, is not good at all. This commercial spoke to me for this simple reason of mind over matter. I have discussed mind over matter with many people, but most just do not understand fully. The phrase does not merely mean saying that your mind is powerful enough to overcome anything and everything, but to study why it does, how it does, and most importantly, truly believing it does.
The mind is a powerful machine, but it requires daily productivity, true productivity, to maintain its progress and education. Productivity can be reading a book, a book without pictures and with depth to it. Productivity can be studying new material or reviewing old. Productivity can even be creating something out of nothing such as art, music, or a story.
All this productivity will lead the mind to continuously progress, which will allow your will power to progress, which will allow your will power to overcome all temptation and anything that opposes you. I am not saying to destroy or vehemently attack someone whose views differ from your own, rather the opposite. With will power, you can understand another's viewpoint and accept it without agreeing to it.
In this modern age, we lack will power if something takes longer to perform than merely touching a screen. There is a reason why today's generation is seen as slacking and the generation that fought the Great Depression and World War II is seen as the toughest generation. The toughest generation had will power so as to not be trifled with. They lived in a time much, much worse than we live in now. In their time, they were lucky if they received even a cent in compensation for their hard work and labor. Today, we have people griping for fifteen dollars for mediocre skill and almost worthless labor. I worked in that sector, and even then I did not feel I deserved the ludicrous amount being lobbied for.
However, the commercial the NCAA just broadcast should be seen by everyone for the ideal behind the champion, the urge to fight, the desire to win, the ecstasy of surviving while others collapse, is at the core of every human being. We do not want to be inferior, we do not want to be seen as worthless. We are strong, and we want others to see that. With that being said, even when difficulties arise that nearly force you to your knees, drive back as hard as you can. You will find that your mind can accomplish anything. If you tell yourself you can, you will. Simple as that.