Weakness-Jocko Willink

I know, as for myself, a brain cancer survivor, I feel I have a lot of weaknesses. Even the things which used to come easily seem difficult. Sometimes when we feel we are weak, we feel that’s just how it is or worse, that there is no hope. This morning I was reading, “Discipline Equals Freedom,” by former Navy Seal Jocko Willick. On page 16 & 17 he writes about weakness. I found it interesting enough to share, here is what Jocko says:

Weakness:

Do I have weakness? I am nothing but weakness.
I am not naturally strong, or fast, or flexible.
I am certainly not the smartest person in the world.
I get emotional over stupid things.
I eat the wrong foods.
I don’t sleep enough.
I procrastinate and I waste time.
I care too much about meaningless things and not enough about important things.
My ego is too big.
My mind is too small, often trapped inside myself.
Now all that being said, I have a saying: A person’s strength is often their biggest weakness.
But, their weaknesses can become strengths.
Me? I am weak.

BUT…

I don’t accept that.
I don’t accept that I am what I am and that “that” is what I am doomed to be.
No. I do not accept that.
I’m fighting.
I’m always fighting. I’m struggling and I’m scraping and kicking and clawing at those weaknesses-to change them. To stop them.
Some days I win. But some days I don’t.
But each and every day: I get back up and I move forward. With my fists clenched. Toward the battle. Toward the struggle.
And I fight with everything I’ve got: To overcome those weaknesses and those shortfalls and those flaws as I strive to be just a little bit better today than I was yesterday…

We all have weaknesses. Sometimes it’s exhausting but in order to overcome, but,we must not accept our weakness and keep fighting!

As another Navy Seal, David Goggins say’s, “Embrace the suck!” You can read more about David in his book, “Living with a seal.

Don’t give up!

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