"Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face." - Iron Mike Tyson
I often use fight analogies to convey my message because it is what I am familiar with. On my personal and professional journey, I have observed that no resistance, no results; no cross, no crown; and no pain, no gain are a few examples of how growth and progress are achieved. Plans take a high level of strategy, tactic, and implementation. When things are coming at you at a super fast pace, it can be challenging to stay on track. When punches are flying towards your face, put your hands up whether the storm and stick to the plan.
Punches don't start with your arms and hands but from the ground up.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Foundation and fundamentals go hand and hand.
Punches connect with your hands but that is not where they start. Punches start from the ground up. When life is trying to knock you off of your feet, you have to stand flat footed, maintain form and fortitude on your foundation.
For those of you who may not know the story of David and Goliath, this is an epic illustration on how the underdog always has a chance. Goliath was a giant man killer born for battle. David was a young shepherd who had seen danger but never faced combat in this context.
For the untrained eye in combat and conflict Goliath may seem unreachable based on his physique, height, weight, and weapons. It may appear that David was completely out of his field. However, you must not concern yourself with the conversation but completely engage in making contact.
Goliath was equipped with sword and shield while David only had a slingshot. Unconventional times call for unconventional methods. People may be accustomed to fighting issues in a certain type of way that works for them. However it is not about what works for them but what works for you. At the point of engagement David was able to sink a stone into his adversary before Goliath was able to swing his sword.
Hitting the target
The rumble in the jungle. It has been called "The greatest sporting event of the 20th century." It was a major upset victory, with Ali coming in as a 4–1 underdog against the unbeaten, heavy-hitting Foreman. Ali won by knockout, putting Foreman down just before the end of the eighth round.
Hitting the target may not always be simple as it sounds. Just like life you have to adapt and adjust but you must never abort your plans. This is true with family, faith, and finances. If you can maintain your poise under pressure your opportunity to shine will present itself.
For 7 and a half rounds Muhammad Ali looked as if he was a punching dummy for George Foreman. In spite of what appeared to be another beating in the books Ali allowed Foreman to empty his arsenal. With pinpoint precision before the end of the eighth round, Ali knocked out George Foreman and was renamed heavyweight champion of the world.
In closing, life is going to throw it's best punches at you. How well you pivot with the punches will determine how you'll progress.