An Underdog is a less powerful person that struggles against a more powerful person. A person who is thought or predicted to have little chance of winning. In essence, an underdog is one who is not as qualified as his/her opponent.
Going with the above definition of who and underdog is, it’s safe to say that anyone could be classified as an underdog in the sense that, as individuals we all have various problems or challenges we face or even competitors that are way better than we are.
Most individuals being celebrated today are probably not the best but the fact is that they have become masters of their game by consistently manoeuvring their way through the use of their underdog tactics, they’ve been named as the best in their field. A perfect scenario is the story of David and Goliath (in the Bible) on the battle field. There are salient points we must note down and inculcate in our every day battles; be it with challenges or opponents in our field.
Steps to Master in your Underdog Tactics
- Identify your Underdog Skills & Tactics
David (in the Bible) knew he couldn’t perform maximally by using the armor and sword. Since wasn’t familiar with this new PPE but rather went for the tool he was most conversant with: a mere sling-shot or catapult as some may call it. As a young shepherd boy, the only tool he could boast of at that time was just a sling-shot and so, he didn’t have to think much before reaching for it.
By application, as an underdog, you must identify your strengths. Begin by making a list of all the things you are good at; this should revolve around your gifts, skills and talents. After which it is expedient you arrange them on a scale of preference or prioritized format so that way you can easily identify your major strengths then maintain focus and build on it one at a time until you have mastered it. This is what will give you an edge out there on the field as you never can tell when that tool will come handy on the battle field of life.
- Believe in Yourself
Imagine if David wasn’t aware of the power of his slingshot… I’m pretty sure that we wouldn’t be using the story as narrative today. Imagine if he doubted his ability to sling such powerful shot that will pull down a giant warrior. Indeed David must be very brave to take such giant stride despite the discouragement and opposition and from those in his team.
As an underdog you must be aware that people have already predicted you a loser and may discourage you from chasing after your goal, but you must build a resilient spirit within you that no matter what, you will push thru. You must learn to believe in yourself even when everyone one else doesn’t.
I believe i can do anything i put my mind to
- Attack Unconventionally in your own Domain
Its unwise to attack a strong man in his own domain unless you learn his secrets and attack unconventionally. David knew that Goliath will slaughter him if he dared him on his area of specialty, after all, Goliath had been a man of war from his youth. Goliath was familiar with the use of armor, shields and swords but David wasn’t and readily ditched it as he reached for his slingshot. I can almost imagine Goliath as both hilarious and confused about David’s position on the battle field.
Manoeuvre around your Weakness
David didn’t care about his inability to use the sword, he didn’t let the fear weigh him down, rather sought for an alternative means to still arrive at the same target which is to conquer his opponent. It looked unreasonable to others when he ditched sword for the catapult he was skillful with and was sure would get him same result.
No matter what, never show your weakness, rather discover an alternative route to go around it and still achieve same result. Always have at the back of your mind that there’s always a way. If you can’t fight with a sword, then use a catapult. If your weakness is consistency all you need do is master your underdog tactics and see how to achieve your goal. You may not be able to meet up on a daily basis, but you can do so either once or twice in a week and be consistent with that. Just like the Pareto Principle that says you can use 20% of your effort to get 80%result.
- The God Factor
Despite David’s epic underdog tactics, we cant attribute his massive victory without God in the picture. He boasted in the Lord his God, the keeper of Israel. His faith was strong as he recounted Gods presence in his previous victories. God can do the impossible but he needs our faith to activate the victory. So you have to see it in your minds eye and say it in faith to activate Gods interference. Learn to count your past victories, name your blessings one by one no matter how small, this gives you hope and faith that God will see you through even in bigger challenges or obstacles or even unflinching enemies or opponents. And with God, all things are possible. So its best to rely on Him at all times to remain unstoppable.