Mohammad Ali was boxing’s undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, a brilliant tactician in the ring and out. He didn’t fight, he danced and painted his opponents into a corner.
If he didn’t get a knockout in the early rounds, Mohammad didn’t panic, instead he used his imagination and did things like the Ali shuffle and the rope-a-dope to confuse and outwit his opponents.
The rope-a-dope was a creative maneuver designed to conserve his own strength and energy while wearing down his adversary so he could take them out in a later round. Mohammad would cover up and lean on the ropes for rest while protecting and avoiding punches to his vital areas. All the while his opponent was enticed to wail on Ali’s non-vital parts until said opponent became arm weary and unable to keep his guard up. Then it was lights out.
So if you find yourself burned out and exhausted in life’s endeavor’s, do the rope-a-dope. Just stand back for a bit, observe and assess all the craziness around you until your imagination can deal you a fresh deck of answers. Then pick one of those solution cards, flip it over and get yourself back in the game with a new perspective, one that makes you believe you can win. Then for emphasis, put some weight behind those punches!