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How to Be A Man of Steel
You’re not just anyone. One day you’re going to have to make a choice. You have to decide what kind of man you want to grow up to be, whoever that man is, good character or bad, he is going to change the world. ~ Jonathan Kent
What if we knew that, without a speck of a doubt, that we were destined for greatness? A fact that goes beyond faith; it is without question. It’s destiny. And destiny in a sense that will be, it isn’t clinging to whether we believe in destiny or we don’t. It’s something that is already, it’s just waiting for us to act upon the greatness we already have within us.
How, then, would we act? If we knew that we had what Churchill had, what Napoleon had, what Lincoln, Da Vinci, and Jobs had, how would our actions differ? How would our decision making change? If we had this incling since birth, but it was more than an incling, and everything we have done up to this point has simply been training, would we act differently?
The trailer the new Superman movie, “the Man of Steel”, gives me goosebumps. Gone is the polished, untouchable man from another planet; in his stead is a lost soul searching to fulfill a destiny that he fears he isn’t worthy of.
The trailer, albeit lasting a minute and thirty three seconds, promises to bring REAL conflict within a character than no one has ever truly identified with, until now. The trailer also speaks to you and me. Suppose we WERE better than we believed we are. Suppose that deep down we have the same fortitude, strength, passion, and purpose that the great men in history had – would our world not be abundantly different?
Our decisions would be stronger, made quicker, and stood by without whilting under the pressure to conform to what those around us may expect, want, or be too afraid to do and be themselves. Our confidence would be unbreakable. Our strength unflinching, and our fear there, but never for more than a second.
Yet, I’m not sure that Churchill, Napoleon, Lincoln, or even the Man of Steel himself, have anything innately within themselves that you or I don’t possess. They were each faced with seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and fears that broke other men. When they reached their precipous, they marched forward. Though there were many moments of weakness, their strength won every internal battle. It isn’t that they were naturally stronger than we are, it’s that they made a decision to be stronger, and to stick by that strength. When we hide from our fear, they face it. Read the rest of this entry »