Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.
— Christian D. Larson
At the beginning, 200+ days ago, I visualized and held onto a very specific goal. One that I knew would not be particularly easy and maybe not completely realistic, but one that would define a milestone in my martial arts career. To achieve it, I knew that I would have to be fit, focused and fearless.
I wish I could tell you that I cut easily through every challenge, lived each of the words that I’ve written here, and effortlessly achieved my goal. But it didn’t happen that way. The skill level of the people that I met and trained with was so high that I began to doubt my own abilities, and I felt my resolve slip.
Saturday night I went back to the hotel room all taped up and iced down and looked back over the words that had inspired me and motivated me. Then I got that one long-distance phone call from my best friend that completely eliminated any thought of backing down. She told me to come back with that new belt or not bother coming home at all.
Harsh. It was that scene from 300 where Gorgo calls after Leonidas: “Spartan, come back with your shield, or on it.” Only without the cool red cape.
With the option to quit completely eliminated, everything else was easy. Sunday afternoon I hit the mats with bruised ribs, a bandaged knee, taped toes and an opponent that outweighed me by 40 pounds. And in the presence of my jiu-jitsu heroes, I earned that belt.
Goal visualized. Goal pursued. Goal achieved.
Thanks for following along on this journey. I hope that you, too, set important goals, go after them with every fiber of your being, and know the feeling of reaching them. But it doesn’t stop there. That’s just one step. Time for the next.