Fighting For vs. Fighting Against

“Better to fight for something than live for nothing.” —George S. Patton

Maybe it sounds the same to you, fight for what you want or fight against what you don’t want. To me, the attitude and mindset associated with these two statements are vastly different. And, these differences dramatically impact the results you get. So, are you fighting for or are you fighting against?

Fighting for the positive

When you are fighting for what you want, you have a sense of empowerment and control that energizes you. You are fighting for good, working toward achieving a goal. When you are fighting for something you have a defined target in your sights. This clear definition allows you to identify the positive steps you can take and milestones you need to reach in order to accomplish the things you aspire to achieve.

Fighting against the negative

When your focus is on what you don’t want, that is the exact thing you attract more of. When you are fighting against something you don’t want, it keeps your energy focused on the negative. Fighting against something makes it more difficult to clearly identify where you want to go; you are merely stating where you DON’T want to be. While this may be a step in the right direction, you may end up wandering aimlessly.

What are You Fighting For?

It’s all in how you word it. Focus your attention and energy on achieving something positive rather than overcoming something negative. Cleary define where you want to go rather than just where you don’t want to be. Set your sights on fighting for something positive instead of against something negative. Fighting for is energizing and empowering while fighting against can be exhausting and never-ending. So, what are you fighting for?



© 2017 Elizabeth Stincelli


Liz Stincelli is passionate about recognizing and inspiring the leader in each of us. She is the Founder of Stincelli Advisors where she focuses on helping organizations change attitudes, change communication dynamics, improve collaboration and problem-solving, engage employees, and strengthen organizational culture. Liz holds a Doctor of Management degree with an emphasis on organizational leadership.

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