4 things I believe all Winners and Champions MUST possess- A no quit Mindset, a strong sense of Faith in what you are trying to accomplish, a willingness to ask for/find help, and the ability to take calculated risks. This story is a good depiction of all 4.
About a year ago, my brother and I were having a hard time developing a small group training model for our other business Z-Fanatical Fitness. At the time we were looking to bring our program into corporate/franchise gyms across the state and country. Our fitness program (the workout itself) was excellent, but we lacked a model to make this a success at different fitness clubs. We needed some help.
After tons of research, we found out that sure enough the CEO of a leading fitness corporation Town Sports International (New York Sports Clubs, BSC, PSC, WSC, etc.) lived in our hometown. Once we found out we immediately started the process of trying to get in touch with him. It was tougher than we anticipated. Still our faith prevailed.
I searched and bought a program that provided contact information of people in a given town. Several failed calls and emails later, I remember reading that a handwritten note is a much more effective way to get a response from executives. So I did just that, I wrote a handwritten note asking for an opportunity to meet with him for a few minutes.
Before mailing I was with my brother and a friend and we thought maybe it would be a good idea to bring it over. Just maybe he is outside raking leaves and we could meet him. He was not outside and the mailbox was not on the street it was connected to the door. Rang the doorbell and no one answered. We dropped off the letter and walking back we saw a big tree across his driveway. This was a few days after Hurricane Sandy so it was pretty common in the area.
Very hesitantly yet desperate for advice, we decided we would remove the tree. (remember from previous blog- err on the side of gutsy). We went home to get saws and went back to take care of business. The 3 of us were scared no way around it. But I had just left my job in Finance to pursue our business full time so I knew I had to take a shot at this.
As we were finishing cutting the tree (going out on a limb we call it- sometimes thats to be taken quite literally) the CEO walked out of his house towards us. Our fear peaked at this time; either he was going to be very happy or we were
going to be arrested.
He came towards us with a smile and said NOW you have my attention. He thanked us for a project he was soon going to have to complete and invited us to his office in New York City. We came well prepared with questions and he gave us invaluable advice and answers we had been seeking for a long time.
With this new knowledge and information we were able to create a working business model that landed us a contract with another major fitness franchise (to be named after its finalized).
The 4 takeaways are simple: Never Give Up, Have Faith in what you do, Ask for Help when you need it, & don't be afraid to take risks. Of course there was some luck involved and perhaps we could have spent a night in jail, but you increase your chances of getting lucky when you have a no quit attitude, a ton of faith, and ask experts for help. This is a LONG post but I wanted to share since I really believe it depicts the Wrestling Mindset that we are trying to create and develop.
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1. If you don't mind, it don't matter - Pain, soreness and exhaustion are all ingredients that great wrestlers face everyday. If you don't mind the pain you'll be able to stay in better position throughout your match. Embrace the grind!
2. It don't matter if the horse is blind…just keep loadin' the wagon - Its hard to be motivated each day if you can't see where you are going. Believe in who you are, where you are going and what you are willing to go through to reach your goals. If you have a great plan, keep working hard at it. Forward progress each day is the key to building confidence and long term returns
3. Positive Affirmations help keep you motivated - Each day I read my own affirmation statements to help ensure I start the day off mentally prepared to be my best. Here are some daily affirmations that I've come up with and some I've borrowed from one of my friends who paid the ultimate price in service to our country: I dare to be great each day. I fear no one on earth. I set daily goals and I finish what I start. Live with integrity. Be brave. Lead from the front. Conquer your fear. Honor your family name.
4. This is my house - My favorite song to warm up to in high school was "This is My House" by Run DMC. It never mattered where I was wrestling (home or away) I always felt that the crowd was cheering for me, that I was at my home gym and that I had the advantage over my opponents. Anything that helps you develop a strong positive attitude is a great tool to have in your tool box.
5. Surround yourself with greatness - be around people who support you and your goals. Find people who can help you reach your goals by sharing their experiences of success with you. True friends will support you and help you through the tough times in your training. Be willing to learn from anyone and make helping others reach their goals a priority.
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Today we attended Bison Wrestling Club at Bucknell University and had the opportunity to speak to a group of very serious wrestlers and their parents. Most of these wrestlers are training year round, they frequent wrestling clubs/camps, wrestle at tournaments, and do some sort of strength and conditioning training.
The club members recently started receiving our newsletter (you can sign up on the bottom of our website http://www.wrestlingmindset.com/). We asked how many people wrestle year round- almost all hands up, how many people strength train- almost all hands still up. Then we asked how many people opened the Mindset Newsletter this week- most hands dropped. Lastly, we asked how many people PRACTICED the Mindset Exercises- out of about 70 only two or three hands remained in the air.
Almost all wrestlers know their is a positive correlation between how confident you are before a match and how well you compete. They know that more Mental Toughness is better than less Mental Toughness. They know that it is better to be relaxed then to be overly nervous. Almost every wrestler knows that a Positive Thought is more beneficial than a negative thought.
The problem is that WAY TOO FEW wrestlers are spending any time or enough time PRACTICING their Mental Game and Improving their Mindset.
When I was in HS and College if I saw ONLY 3 hands go up out of 70, I would have seen this as a HUGE opportunity to do something my opponents were not doing. If you spend a few minutes each week actively working your Mindset, you will not only allow yourself to Jump Levels in your wrestling career but you will get an advantage on nearly every opponent you face.
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One of the most important questions for a wrestler has began to surface- What weight class should I wrestle at this season? This is not only important for the wrestler's success this season. It goes way beyond and will effect not only his/her performance, but can shape the wrestler's long term feelings for the sport of wrestling.
Not happy/confident at a weight class= Underperformance= Negative thoughts about Wrestling= Plateauing or Worse
Wrestlers and Coaches need to be extremely careful at this junction each season. So should you compete up a weight class or cut that extra 5-10 lbs. to make the lower weight class. From a Mindset standpoint of course the answer depends.
The important question is- What does this depend on? It really depends on each wrestler's thoughts and feelings about competing at a certain weight class. For instance, if your wrestler is considering dropping down a weight class and is saying things like- I am going to be bigger and stronger than my opponents. I will be able to execute my technique better, no one will be able to stop me. If your wrestler talks like this, get them on a solid Nutrition Plan because they are ready for the descent.
On the other hand if the wrestler has thoughts like- I am going to be miserable all season, I won't have energy in the third period, then its time to consider wrestling up a weight class. Remember, this may not only effect the current season but the rest of their career in the sport of wrestling. Our first goal MUST be for Wrestlers to enjoy Wrestling.
Similarly, if a wrestler going up in weight class is constantly thinking- I am too small for this weight class, these guys are way stronger, I can't control my tie ups, then I would consider having them drop down a weight class. If they are optimistic in going up a weight class thinking- I am faster than my opponents, my conditioning will win me matches, no one can stay with me for 6 or 7 minutes- then the wrestler is likely to perform at a higher level at this weight class. Our thoughts and feeling towards our weight class are vitally important, so DO NOT ignore them.
In the case that your wrestler has only one weight class option (for Team reasons), coaches MUST understand their wrestler's feelings towards competing at that weight class. If they are even a little negative or combative about cutting down or bumping up a weight, they will without a question need to allocate a SIGNIFICANT amount of time Mental Training. I have seen WAY TOO MANY wrestlers begin to perform poorly or EVEN WORSE hate the sport because they are pressured or forced to wrestle a weight class that they do not want to compete at.
The Mental Training areas that are essential in these cases, which Wrestling Mindset focuses on are Enjoyment, Confidence, and Focus. The goal is to get wrestlers to first enjoy competing at their weight class, then become Confident at the weight class, and lastly learn to focus and stay focused through the ups and downs of the season.
Bottom line, you MUST be confident competing at a given weight class. If not you MUST train your Mind to get there.
My Anecdotal Evidence:
My HS and college career taught me a lot about this and my mental training has enlightened me as to why. I began HS as an undersized 103 lber (92 lbs to be exact). In college I wrestled 174 lbs my senior season (still wasn't the biggest for my weight class). In HS, I focused too much on being too small and too weak for the weight class. I blamed losses on this and it negatively impacted my first two seasons. In college, I looked at being a "smaller 174 lber" as an advantage. I knew I would be faster than my opponents, I would be able to outlast them later in the second and third periods, and I was convinced that my opponents couldn't level change nearly as quickly as me. I had a much more successful season wrestling at 174 than I did at 103. On the other end of the spectrum, I was a HUGE 119 lber (about 5-9 & under 4% body fat) my senior year of HS cutting over 20 lbs. My constant thoughts were- No one could stop my technique- I was too long and strong for anyone to slow me down. I used my tremendous weight cut to my advantage and was quite successful. I attribute this mainly to my positive Weight Class Mindset.
The 3 Pillars that uphold the Z-Fanatical Life Philosophy are Intensity, Consistency, and Constant Improvement. The Japanese word for Constant Improvement is "Kaizen." I would suggest looking deeper how the Japanese apply this to business (big reason their products are as great as they are). For today’s post, I will be using an excerpt from the last chapter of my book The Z-Factor: The Missing Link Between You and the Body of Your Dreams. Application of philosophy to life: … constant improvement should be applied to every aspect of your life. You don’t let a day go by without improving yourself mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually, socially, financially, intellectually, etc. etc. Life provides us with enough dimensions and enough levels for our evolution process to last more than a few lifetimes. Since the biggest room in the world is the room for improvement, get started applying fanaticism to every aspect of your life. There it is. Short sweet and to the point. Definitely do not wait for New Years like most people. Begin now! There is always something you can be doing to get better. Stay Fanatical!
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