How badly do you want it? What are you willing to sacrifice to get it? I’ve asked myself these questions innumerous times throughout my life. It’s inevitable that shit will get hard. If you are like most, you will question yourself, you will come up with excuses, & if you don’t truly want it, you will quit.
How you act when faced with adversity, pain, or suffering of any kind, says a whole lot about who you are & what you truly want…& as they say, action expresses priorities. .
Do you quit in the middle of your training? Do you complain or Make excuses? Personally, I don’t care if you do. (That’s a total lie, I do because of the disrespect tied to quitting but I’ll save that for another time.) My performance isn’t attached to yours. Nor are my goals. But I can promise you this, How you act inside the gym (or wherever you choose to test yourself) tells me more about who you are & how you approach life, than most things. Do you give up on relationships when things get hard? Do you quit and complain at work? Are you passionate enough to make a difference in the lives of those around you? Who are you and how do you behave when no one is watching? What is your inner dialogue like & how does that reflect in the way that you treat others?
When shit gets hard & you are forced to question yourself, do you give up, do you throw in the towel & tell yourself you never really wanted it that badly to begin with? OR, do you fight like hell? stand back up when you fall down? & take things on, head first.
Yesterday I competed In my first jiujitsu competition at Fight to Win Nationals. I won gold in gi and silver in no-gi.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t tied to the outcome going in- I always want to win. but what matters most to me is how I leave it out there- my performance aside from the end result. Did I give it everything I had and where was my head at before, during, and after the competition? Did I do everything I could to perform my best and did I do it with integrity? Because that last bit, that is paramount. Standing on top of a podium with no one there supporting you or rooting for your success means nothing in the end, at least not to me. (Cont. in comments)