If I were to ask you to name a boxer, I can almost bet that you would say Mike Tyson, right? And why wouldn’t you? Iron Mike Tyson is known as one of the most phenomenal and brutal fighters to ever step into the ring. Virtually all of his professional victories were knockouts, and the man had a brute strength and raw punching power that the world had never seen since maybe the days of George Foreman. Tyson was incredible, and there was no one on earth who could withstand his devastating left or right hook. He used to knock opponents out in the first or second round…if they actually got that far, and after each fight his opponents always said the same thing; they were trying to land a punch or retreat, when BOOM! A single punch out of nowhere laid them out flat. For casual fans of boxing, Mike Tyson was fun to watch because his fights were over before you could even start to get bored. But that was his problem right there. Iron Mike always went into each fight looking for the single punch knockout because that was what he was used to. He was not trained to draw a fight out and exploit his opponents’ weakness. When he lost to James Buster Douglas in 1990 it was because of one simple reason; Douglas drew the fight out and made Tyson work for 10 rounds. Tyson did not know what else to do. He was exhausted. He was used to finishing opponents with one punch before round 3, and he had no answers for Douglas’ barrage of blows in the latter rounds. Unfortunately, that is also the problem with most of us. We go into situations and challenges looking for the single action that will solve the problem immediately, so that we can score a victory without exerting ourselves too much. That’s not the way life works, despite what we may have been taught, or what we see on television. Life is a drawn out encounter and you often have to go toe to toe with our problems for hours, or days or weeks or months, chipping away slowly, going through the process, before finally we achieve victory. This applies to almost everything we are faced with; whether we are trying to create wealth, or do well in school, or solve a personal or professional problem. Any boxing trainer worth his salt will tell you that you have to study your opponent, while you dance him around and throw jab after jab to weaken his defenses. Once in a while you may solve a problem with one swift action, but don’t think that you will always win that way. When you try a solution and it doesn’t work, don’t get discouraged: try something else, approach it from another angle, rest a bit, regain your strength and go at it again. People who approach their problems in this manner rarely ever lose, because they understand the reason for the process. The process builds physical and mental and emotional strength, and each problem you solve equips you with the tools to deal with the next, bigger challenge. So, don’t try to be a one technique knockout artist. David had danced and destroyed several carnivores before he came up against Goliath of Gath, and even after that victory he fought many long, drawn out battles which he won. So many churches promise their members one single solution to solve their problems, while they know fully well that this is not the truth. Face problems with faith and a determination to find a solution no matter how long it takes, because if you expect to win immediately you step into the ring, your disappointment will be even greater when you lose. Be patient and keep jabbing, dodging and weaving, and I can guarantee you that not only will you outlast all your problems; you will also develop the skills you need to solve even bigger and more challenging problems. Check out my website www.ifeanyiubawords.com for more life affirming content.

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