Your champions are the people who genuinely care about your well-being. In the game of life, it is absolutely essential to surround yourself with your champions. Here’s why:
Protect your energy
Every day and all around you, there are people expressing their opinion about how you “should be”. It can be extremely crippling when you buy into it, because so often these unsolicited gems of wisdom are negative. These people are not secure in themselves, consequently their chief aim is to demoralize, demotivate, and drain you. They are called “energy vampires”, and this is how they achieve some or all of their personal power. They do not want to see you succeed, because they believe that would somehow diminish them. There are some great tips in the article Energy Vampires about how to protect yourself from energy theft.
Surround yourself with your champions
Your champions aren’t trying to mold you into their idea of success. Rather, they see your talents and strengths and are encouraging you to embrace and grow your own goals. They are always on the sidelines rooting for you, because they know that your success takes nothing away from them. They offer to share their knowledge and mentor you, when they see it will help you achieve the goals you have set for yourself.
Championing is a 2-way street – Promote the win-win
Likewise, one of the greatest gifts you can give another person is to be their champion. When you spend time with them, you celebrate who they ARE, rather than focusing on what they are not. It is about an equitable energy exchange, and a goal of building up rather than tearing down. This behavior extends way beyond individual relationships. How will we ever collectively build a better world, unless we expect the best for ourselves, and also support and treat each other well?
Your life and your time
To sum up, If you’re not living the life that you desire, I urge you to start right now! This is your precious life. At the end of it, no matter how many years you are given, I guarantee it will feel like it wasn’t enough. Who would know better than you, how to live out your time? Believe in your wisdom and your passion, and set a strong intention for your life. Subsequently you will find your true champions gathering around you. Make room for them and express gratitude.
As Delmore Schwartz said in his poem Calmly We Walk Through This April’s Day:
“Time is the school in which we learn,
Time is the fire in which we burn.”
The clock is ticking… What are you waiting for?
Your story is yours,
so don’t let the naysayers
write your life for you.
Related poem: Tick-tock Madman