Ivan Arreguín-Toft recently looked at every war fought in the past two hundred years between strong and weak combatants. The Goliaths, he found, won in 71.5 per cent of the cases. Analyizing conflicts where one side was 10 times as powerful. In these conflicts, the underdog only won 1/3 of the time. With that said, David‘s victory over Goliath was an anomaly. David puts on his coat of armor, picks up his sword, etc. began walking around and then realized he can’t fight Goliath this way because he was not used to the armor or the choice of weapon. Even though all the others who faced Goliath utilized such and that was how most conflicts were fought back then. Nonetheless, he shrugged off the norm, picked up his 5 smooth stones and his slingshot and knocked out Goliath. What happened, Arreguín-Toft wondered, when the underdogs likewise acknowledged their weakness and chose an unconventional strategy? He went back and re-analyzed his data. In those cases, David’s winning percentage went from 28.5 to 63.6. When underdogs choose not to play by Goliath’s rules, they win, Arreguín-Toft concluded, “even when everything we think we know about power says they shouldn’t.”
This was taken from an article I read in The New Yorker Magazine May 2009.
Whether it’s your five smooth stones, a full court press, or your own strategy, face your Goliath on your own terms that your familiar and comfortable with, ask God for his help, then go get em!
Sarah…this is for you! Win this for you and your children. You can do this! Single mothers protecting their children from abusers should not have to suffer.