Today we mark 100 years since the bloodiest battle in the history of the British Army began.

The Battle of the Somme commenced on 1st July, 1916 and by the time the first day was over, the British had suffered 57,470 casualties, including 19,240 dead. Nearly 20,000 men killed in a single day.

Think about that. Assuming that by the first day, the historians are not measuring that in a full twenty-four hour cycle, this equates to more than a 1000 deaths every hour. They gained a mere three square miles of territory.

Headstones from the SommeBy the time it was all over, five months had passed, and more than a million men across the British, French and German armies had sacrificed their lives.

If you want to know more details about this most awful and tragic of events that highlights perhaps more than any other single piece of history the sheer futility of war then Click Here.

One question that has been asked no doubt over and over again concerning The Battle of the Somme is this:

Was it a price worth paying? Most people I would imagine, would say clearly not, given the pathetic amount of advancement that was achieved and the outrageous loss of life it required.

My question to you is this: Where is Your Battle and What are you prepared to pay to achieve the victory you desire?

All battles that are worth fighting require effort don’t they? A lot of it. I know this from my own personal experience. And even then, there are no guarantees of victory, only the hope that one day things will look and feel different to what they do right now.

So first of all, decide that your battle truly is a battle worth fighting because if it isn’t, you will lose heart, hope, and probably a significant chunk of your life fighting for something you never really wanted in the first place.

Secondly, have a plan. It is usually not possible to map everything out and simply follow the plan but even in the muddiest of holes you may find yourself in, you can at least settle on a very basic plan of how to get out of the mud and then consolidate and choose your next move.

Thirdly, think about why you must win the battle. This can often lead to the people who are closest to you. Your spouse, your children, your best friends or even simply, those who will follow after you, whoever they are and wherever they may come from; when they hear of your story, and how you won your battle.

rocky-ii-double-knock-down-ending-apollo-creed-balboa-sylvester-stallone-carl-weathers-reviewAnd finally, no matter how many times you get knocked down, do everything and anything in your power to get back up. Just like Rocky Balboa in the climactic scene of Rocky II – you may well be battered beyond your normal ability to rise again, but with everyone who loves you and many more who do not even know you yet cheering you on, know that you can make it and it will be a price worth paying.

Paul Hatcher

I am at heart, a communicator. I love to use words, whether written or spoken and maximise those words to hopefully, bring some encouragement - literally, to put courage into the hearts & minds of those who read or hear them. In my work as an executive coach, speaker, workshop facilitator, I love also to listen...deeply, and then respond with some encouragement.


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