“He who wants to succeed should learn how to fight, to strive, and to suffer. You can acquire a lot in life, if you are prepared to give up a lot to get it.”
– Bruce Lee, Actor and Philosopher
The Heart of the Competitor understands a key to performing and competing at their peak is the commitment to preparation. The commitment to preparation requires sacrifices. In hearing the word sacrifice, the human mind typically attempts to convince itself that it would prefer the most pleasurable experience. The true trait of a competitor and a champion is to be able to delay the cheap and instant thrill for the expensive long-term investment that is worth much more. Th is is what is occurring during preparation; the competitor is pushing the cheap easy mind-calming experience and choosing the expensive, mind-building preparation that allows for the distinguished experience of goal achievement down the road.
In Bruce Lee’s words above, the competitor must learn “to fight, to strive, and to suffer.” Preparation encompasses each one of these. True preparation forces the competitor to fight off the voices of quitting, telling yourself that you can accomplish a goal, when the first thought in your mind is that you should just quit. Preparation provides a longing and striving to meet a standard of competition that is just beyond your current level of performance. Suffering occurs during preparation as a result of the fighting and striving to push the body and mind as far as it can and then to go further. However, the suffering is replaced with exhilaration upon the accomplishment of that small step forward.
To continually build the Heart of a Competitor, be prepared to make sacrifices that will pay off in tremendous experiences of accomplishment.
QUESTION OF THE Week:
What are you sacrificing today? As a result of this sacrifice, what will you earn in the future?
Writing and completing A Competitor’s Heart has been an exercise in creating a totally unknown path.
This is the great part of inventing our life, we are on a totally new path every single day, and with every single step we take. For many people the new way and the new path create anxiety and they make a decision to fall back to the comfortable and known way. This is why we have so few high performers in our world; we fall back into the comfortable and easy way of life. This is why building your personal Heart of a Competitor is essential to being the person and Competitor you desire. Building your personal Heart of a Competitor is NOT about making radical changes and overhauling what we do, it is about making a small step in the right direction at just the right time. When we live a life that is on the edge, willing to experience this anxiety, our personal Heart of a Competitor is open to these small moments in time where we can take that small step that will eventually lead to an enormous impact.
Another reason many people stop building a Competitor’s Heart is because it is a deeply personal journey that NEVER ends. If you are reading this piece, you believe in the following words: There is NO limit to self-improvement. The continual path of improvement is a road that is traveled by few; however, those that do travel this road live a fulfilling life. They are living on the edge of their capabilities and are inspired by those they connect with on the journey to Competing from the heart.
A Competitor’s Heart is your guide on this journey. This book is your textbook to developing A Competitor’s Heart over 369 Days. The first question people ask is, “Why 369 Days?”
My answer is always the same, “Why stop at 365?” However, it goes deeper than this. This book is made up of 41 concepts we would love to establish with our lives. These concepts include confidence, optimism, quietness and habits. Each of these 41 concepts has nine days/lessons/thoughts associated with them. These nine days are the guide, the PROCESS to self-exploration and establishing your personal Competitor’s Heart.
“If you don’t make a total commitment to whatever you’re doing, then you start looking to bail out the first time the boat starts leaking. It’s tough enough getting that boat to shore with everybody rowing, let alone when a guy stands up and starts putting his life jacket on.”
– Lou Holtz, Hall of Fame College Football Coach
Commitment to the process of progress over a long period of time allows achievement and accomplishment to occur. Total commitment is made of mind, body, and soul to the task at hand in the pursuit of the dreams that have been made into goals. When a total commitment is made teammates, coaches, and everyone they come in contact with recognize the commitment in the competitor’s life.
Just as commitment is recognizable and easily followed, lack of commitment is easily identified. Are you looking to go whichever way the wind blows? Are you lacking or always changing your morning or evening routines? Do you have trouble being motivated to complete your training? Are you always looking for an easy way out? Like Hall of Fame College Football Coach, Lou Holtz is saying in today’s quote, total commitment to a goal, total commitment to a team is difficult. Total commitment becomes more difficult when in the face of adversity one of the individuals is looking to “jump ship.” Instead of looking for an opportunity to “jump ship,” look for an opportunity to row harder and push your mind and body to stay focused on the next step.
Commitment must be the strongest in the face of adversity. The Heart of the Competitor expects and embraces adversity as an opportunity, an opportunity to develop and display their commitment. The true Heart of the Competitor appreciates the adversity as a way to grow.
Look for the adversity; look for the challenges as your way to grow your commitment.
Question of the Day:
What challenges have you encountered in the last day, week, or month that have allowed you to develop and display your commitment?