Remember Why You Fight -
05-27-2016, 03:46 PM
As a frequent competitor in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu that is making the transition into Mixed Martial Arts, my hobby/passion can be grueling at times if I want to put in the time to perform well. It’s not always easy to drag myself to the gym for a lift, or onto the mats for a difficult training session after a long day of work and classes. Add an attempt at maintaining a social life into the mix, and other obligations I have in life, and I could easily use the excuses, “I’m too tired” or, “I don’t have enough time”, and crap out on my training. Making these choices would be easy, and loads of people do, each and every day. But are those people missing out on living life the way they want because they choose the easier path? You’re better than them. Take a good, honest look at your life right now and ask yourself, “What forms of adversity are keeping me from achieving my goals in life at this very moment?” Whatever it may be, they will never go away. There will ALWAYS be obstacles in your way, or easier roads that will lead you anywhere other than where you want to be.
Identifying what you want is important, and successful people are goal-oriented. Flimsy goals do not hold up long in the face of adversities. In order to keep grinding towards your goals, the why becomes the most crucial factor in realizing your dreams. Whenever I have a day that seems to be dragging longer than others, and I have moments of doubt as to whether or not I’ll make it to the gym later, or whether eating chicken and vegetables instead of fast food is really worth it, I always remind myself of the why. Without the why, your goals begin to transition away from being goals and dreams, and begin to look more like empty wishes. “Eh, I guess it would be kind of nice to be in shape….” Or, “man, I wish I had more money”. Empty wishes become the motto of the unsuccessful and those that lack the drive to go out and achieve what they really want!
So, set your goals, write them down on paper. Right now. Don’t put it off for a more convenient time. Write them down and develop a clear strategy on how to achieve them. I need to cut 10 pounds in order to make weight for my division in a couple of months? No amount of wishing I was stronger and leaner will help me get there, but getting my butt to the gym consistently and attacking my training sessions will. Allowing the obstacles of life to interfere with your goals is the path to an unfulfilling existence. You’re capable of reaching your goals. So go out and put in the work to get there. And, when the road seems too difficult to continue, or quitting seems like a nice option…
Remember why you fight.
*My roommate, Spencer Smith, wrote this article for my site, fulzen.org. It got me super pumped so I figured you all would enjoy it as well