We all know the magic word is please. But how many of us know the magic number? The magic number is the amount of times you must do something to become a world class expert at it. So if you wanted to have a world class ankle pick, how many times would you have to cleanly drill the move?
The magic number is 10,000! So if you want to be a world class at a few moves, you better get to work because this will take a lot of time. A big part of Wrestling is being organized. Begin writing down when, where, you will practice your moves, and how many times. Most people will not attempt the 10,000. That is a very big number. It requires internal motivation.
No one can make you do something 10,000 times. The great thing about a very high number is that it weeds out the people who don’t want it bad enough. It neutralizes talent, and comes down to work ethic. Highly motivated people will do it. And for you Fanatics who want to get it done in 1 year- that’s 28 times a day for 365 days.
Now get to work- GET FANATICAL!
F = MA
K – A = 0
Wait, what was that last one? K – A = 0. Knowledge minus Action equals Zero. In other words, if you know what to do, but do not do what you know, nothing happens.
Most people know what to do to achieve success. The secrets are simple, but they are not easy. Most of us know what to do, but for one reason or another, we just do not do it.
But, knowledge is not the same thing as wisdom. Wisdom is DOING IT. I know a lot of very “knowledgeable” who cannot seem to get the job done themselves. Maybe you are one of them. Maybe I am one of them in some areas. We must strive for wisdom. Practicing what we preach. This is an ongoing every day battle. This is not a level you ever arrive at, but rather something you choose to do on a regular basis, and them something you choose to do again tomorrow, and then the next day, and the next one, and…you get the point.
Often times we hear good advice and we respond (or say to ourselves) “I already know that.” But the real question we should be asking ourselves is, “How well do I apply this information?” Usually, the answer to this question will be- not as well as I could.
Use my lessons on pleasure and pain in the previous weeks blogs and get to the bottom of this inside yourself. Mastering your mindset is the way you will finally Jump Levels. But, then again, you already knew that.
1. Passion- The best wrestlers love what they do period. More than just winning, they love to train, they love to compete, they love the grind. I talked with Olympic silver medalist and MMA fighter Matt Lindland this weekend and he told me that his mental edge is that he loves to train, compete, and of course win. Without passion we will never come close to our potential.
2. Courage- The best wrestlers are not afraid to fail or put it on the line. They take risks and make themselves vulnerable to criticism, losing, and failure. Ben Askren said in a Flo interview that he always willing to put it on the line. Successful people replace fear with faith and pull the trigger in matches and in life.
3. Vision- The clearer your vision, the better your chances of getting there. Kyle Dake wrote down his goal four times a day this year. Stephen Covey's book, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People talks about vision. "One of the main things his [Dr. Charles Garfield] research showed was that almost all of the world-class athletes and other peak performers are visualizers. They see it; they feel it; they experience it before they actually do it. They Begin with the End in Mind."
4. Resilient- Every top wrestler will face setbacks and adversity. It hurts to lose or fall short of a goal. My brother Gene was hit with an unprecedented 4 stalling calls in 23 seconds, which ended his run at a state title in high school. He bounced back winning 4 consecutive matches and avenged his loss to take third place. Champions don't give up, they bounce back and use these setbacks to make them stronger.
5. Confident- Great wrestlers are confident in their abilities. They focus on their positives and do not put limits on themselves. Champions have faith in themselves and ignore the naysayers. The best wrestlers believe that they will win when they step out on the mat.
Key Takeaways from Olympian Ken Chertow:
1. You need to be the Total Package to be the best. Ken takes a very holistic approach to wrestling- Technique, Nutrition, Strength & Conditioning, & Mindset.
Technique- Since I was a kid Chertow Camps have been known for their World Class clinicians. Ken Chertow himself is an Olympian, 2x NCAA Champs Matt Valenti and Quentin Wright to name a few have brought their high level technique to campers.
Nutrition- Ken stresses the importance of eating and drinking clean, as well as proper supplementation to maximize the benefits of training. Ken and I are both Advocare distributors, because we believe that their products will benefit both wrestlers and those looking to live a healthy lifestyle. https://www.advocare.com/130435363/
Most Advocare products fit perfectly with Z-Fanatical's core Nutrition guidelines- No Processed Sugar & no White Carbs. For our full Nutrition Plan- http://www.zfanatical.com/store
Strength & Conditioning- Ken brought in Z-Fanatical Fitness to take campers through our high intensity Strength & Conditioning workouts. Each workout is 10 minutes or less, uses no equipment, and isolates a muscle group using circuit training. http://www.zfanatical.com/
Mindset- Ken brought in Wrestling Mindset to speak to campers last night about the importance of Mental Training for wrestlers. We discussed building Mental Toughness, Relaxing Under Pressure, Improving Confidence, and Understanding what Motivates you and helps you compete at your potential. http://www.wrestlingmindset.com/
2. INTENSITY- Ken leads by example, his credentials speak for themselves, however he was in the trenches with his campers last night doing the Z-Fanatical workouts alongside them. His book Commitment to Excellence (the first full book I read) preached Intensity in all areas of your life. His shirts read "Hard Work Makes Dreams Come True." http://kenchertow.com/
Problem- You get negative thoughts, fears, and doubts. How do you change your stinkin thinkin? You don’t. You change your relationship to your thoughts.
I may or may not know you personally, but I do know this- you take your thoughts waaaay too seriously. Here is your cycle,
(1) you are in the middle of a match or before a match
(2) you get a negative thought (what if I lose OR I can’t do it)
(3) you begin to stress out over thought
(4) You perform worse
At what step did you go wrong? You must first know what factors are under your control and which are not. Can you control your thoughts? Yes and No. We do get automatic thoughts in my given situation, You have very little control over automatic thoughts. You have a great deal of control over your conscious thoughts. So you can battle your negative automatic thoughts with positive conscious thoughts. If you chose step 2 for where you went wrong, you are not alone. Psychologists have long waged this war too with Cognitive Therapy. It’s a winnable battle, but quite difficult because your mind is divided against itself. It is not surprising it feels like a tornado going on inside of your mind. Indeed a Civil War is occurring,
The answer is Step 3.
Old School Mentality goes further back than the Vince Lombardi era. Eastern philosophies of Mindfulness date back thousands of years and are receiving more and more scientific support today. Here, you don’t fight your thoughts of “I stink” “I cant win” Instead you accept all your thoughts. Since automatic thoughts are largely outside of your control, you realize this and you don’t take your thoughts too seriously.
There is MUCH scientific support that humans are highly biased and irrational. We are very arbitrary in our decision making and easily led astray by our emotions. We overgeneralize frequently and we can rarely see our own hypocrisy. With all this going for us, why would we ever get too stressed out over our thought?
Get in the habit of accepting all your thoughts as an involuntary reflex like a breeze the passes by your face on a hot summer day. You let it pass and then it is forgotten about and you go about your business. Your homework: take five minutes now and then another five minutes before you go to sleep. Stop what you are doing and let this sink it. This concept of not taking yourself seriously and accepting your thoughts requires some time to sink in, even though it is certainly not a new concept.
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