Published on October 16th, 2012 | by djprophetic1
It’s Always Easier to be the Underdog
It’s Always Easier to be the Underdog
If you were able to catch any of Sunday’s football games or even Monday night’s football game, you will see a common thread between some of the games. There were a number of teams that were expected to beat their opponents with ease, and there were teams that were winning by huge margins but all of sudden lost their lead. Sports analysts, commentators, and experts analyze past performances and predict the teams who they expect to win. For some teams this builds an expectation that becomes a subconscious pressure- inevitably leading to losses against teams they were “expected” to beat. (You’re mistaken if you think I’m just talking about sports) Every battle that is won on the field or off the field is a battle that is first won in the mind. When you are the underdog there isn’t much that is expected of you. Which means less damaging thoughts you have to deal with and it also gives you more of a chance to win, whether it’s in a game or if it’s the game of life.
For instance, not many expected Tom Brady and the Patriots to lose to rookie Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks. I’m sure most of us did not expect Seattle’s Cornerback to go off on a rant towards veteran QB Tom Brady about beating them 24-23. Not many expected much out of the fleeting Green Bay Packers before Aaron Rodgers 6 touchdown dominance over the #1 ranked Houston Texas on Sunday night. Many considered Peyton Manning washed up before he brought the Broncos back from a 24-0 deficit at half time to win the game 35-24.(marking one of the biggest comebacks of his entire career) Although this article has many references to sports, it’s not about football. It’s about YOU and how you may have been considered the underdog in many areas of your life
Contrary to popular belief, it’s always easier to be the underdog because nobody expects anything from you. They have already counted you out and have low or no expectations of you. That’s more of a reason you should succeed! When you don’t have to worry about people hyping you up or praising you laudably, you can focus on performing to the best of your ability.
Take it from me I was not expected to graduate from middle school, barely made it out of high school, and yet I have received a Bachelors, a Masters, and I work in the field of my passion. I tell you this because when I was younger I had a childhood friend who told me I was going to be a sanitation engineer (janitor) when I grew up. Other “friends” in high school told me I should have been voted “Most Likely to End Up in Prison”. Although I’m not at the level of success I want to attain, I am on the road of destiny and much further along than where people expected me to be. Maybe you have some people who doubt you, don’t believe in you, and don’t expect much out of you. Let me tell you this is good news! When you blow their expectations out of the water, they will be shocked at the ability and gifting God has put in you. Don’t worry about the praise of men, or people expecting good things out of you- it’s better to be the underdog, and stun your naysayers’ to the point of awe and amazement.
If you are the underdog, stay an underdog. Just think- some of the world’s greatest achievers were underdogs. Kernel Sanders, founder of KFC was rejected 1,009 times for his recipe before he turned KFC into the mega franchise it is today. Walt Disney, founder of Disneyland was fired because he was told he lacked imagination. Albert Einstien was told by his parents and teachers that he was mentally handicapped, then later in life he became the prizewinner of the Nobel Prize in Physics. Stephen Spielberg, blockbuster filmmaker, was denied twice from the prestigious University of Southern California film school. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team and turned out to be the greatest basketball player of all time. The prophet Samuel when looking for the warrior to defeat Goliath overlooked David who later became King. Joseph was ridiculed for his dreams by his entire family but became the 2nd in command to Pharaoh in Egypt. Even Jesus was rejected by His own people the Jews because they had an expectation of what the Messiah should be, and this was Jesus response to that in Matthew 21:42
“Then Jesus asked them, “Didn’t you ever read this in the Scriptures? ‘The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. This is the LORD’s doing, and it is wonderful to see.” If all these great men and Jesus were underestimated and considered underdogs your in good company!