Are you all in? Are you committed?
Its a simple question. If you have to think about it the answer is likely no.
I have been asked, what does being all in mean? How do I know if I am REALLY committed?
My definition of Commitment/All In: Pursuing your goal fiercely regardless of circumstances.
Whether things are going well, average, or poorly a true commitment entails constant pursuit of your goal despite internal or external factors.
1. Your goal is to be state champion. Whether you won a state title or were 0-33 last year you remain determined in pursuing your goal. You continue to find ways to improve and get closer to your goal each day- physically, technically, mentally, nutritionally, spiritually, emotionally, etc.
2. You commit to a challenging school/university. Whether school is a breeze or you are struggling to pass classes you refuse to give up or even slow down. You find a way to pass each class, even if you have to attend study hall, office hours, and spend countless hours learning new material.
3. Marriage. Maybe the perfect example. If you get married in the Church you exchange vows which symbolize commitment and being all in perfectly: In good times and bad, in sickness and health, till death do us part. Full commitment demands finding ways to improve and grow in challenging times.
It takes courage to go all in. It takes love and passion to go all in. And of course it takes hard work and extreme focus to go all in. But when all is said and done, the payoff for those willing to commit and go all in for a good cause or goal is tremendous. You have given yourself the best chance possible to succeed and have lived a goal/value centered life. Your goals or values will have dictated your behavior. This way whether you win, lose, or draw you have become the person you set out to be.
Go All in and Commit to Greatness!
I watched a great clip last week on the Mindset of Will Smith. He caught my attention when he said, "Being realistic is the most common path to mediocrity."
Immediately I related this to the athletes I work with. Each wrestler is encouraged to keep a daily journal of their thoughts about the previous week's mindset lesson. As you might imagine it is rare for a wrestler to do this every single day.
I have taken two different approaches:
1. Be realistic, and ask my wrestlers to take notes a couple times a week.
2. Be optimistic, and ask my wrestlers to take notes EACH day.
Without fail, the OPTIMISTIC approach works BETTER! Now that doesn't mean that each wrestler takes notes each day, but that the optimistic approach always renders better results than the realistic approach.
Another example is when a wrestler is comparing himself to a superior wrestler. When you are too realistic you suck the energy out of yourself: My opponent is better on his feet, he is too good to turn or even hold down, I can't get off the bottom against him, he is too fast too strong, etc etc.
True or not you are likely to find more energy when you take the optimistic approach. Look at the superior opponent and say, "I'm going to beat this guy in 6 months." Period. You don't need to be realistic and justify how you are going to overcome each position. Work your tail off, have faith, and be optimistic that it will happen.
Realism may prevent others from laughing at you or from disappointment, but it will also prevent you from Jumping Levels.
It doesn't pay to be anything but optimistic. It adds energy to your training and to your life. If you want to Jump Levels in wrestling, school, business or in life start being an optimist today.
Every coach, wrestler or athlete is faced with a similar question- Are you gonna go ALL IN or are you gonna hold back for some reason or another?
If you are thinking "Well maybe this is the year I put in the work and commit to being a Champion" then forget about it you won't be very successful. If you think like this it won't happen! You have to KNOW and make the decision that you are 100% committed to doing everything possible (within the rules) in your power to being a Champion. There is no Maybe!
Being ALL IN requires this commitment- Doing the little things right each day to give yourself the best possible chance to accomplish your goal. There is no 9-5, no shortcuts, no distractions rather all business.
The wrestling, the strength training, the running, the mindset, the nutrition, the sleep/recovery, etc- You have to be willing to do it all to be considered ALL IN. Maybe you've seen a guy get by without being all in, but he was missing out on another level of personal mastery and success.
Who is the greatest Bodybuilder of all time?
Now listen and take note to his Mindset!!!
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