Posted by Nikki Storm on November 24, 2010 at 8:06 PM
Each time I set out to accomplish a new goal i do what most people with goals do. I hold myself accountable. I do this by telling other people about my goals and intentions. When I fail to reach a goal or don't follow through..I see the heads shaking at me. I'm reminded by friends, family, coaches and mentors of how I fell short. This doesn't discourage me because they are only doing their job. After this happens time and time again I want to give up. But then I think of the outcome if I gave up. I'd be worse off than I already am now. So I pick myself up and I try again. When u are knocked down and I mean literally on the floor, even if ur choice is to run away and "quit" u still must get UP first. Wrestling and my wrestling coaches taught me the most about myself and life. The best gift they ever gave me was they taught me about the Olympic wrestler, Dan Gable. Echoing the words of Dan Gable they always say, "I shoot, I score. He shoots, I score." Wrestling translates into my everyday life, so when I fail to reach a goal I GET UP and just start fresh again right there and then. Always agressive, always moving forward. There IS NO alternative. The most awesome thing about training in general is the fact that u can change anything about yourself on or off the mats. Any time i need to work on something inside of me...I train. Any time I need to fix something in training...i work on things on the inside. Not feeling like a warrior in real life and allowing people to walk all over me? I fix that when I'm drilling takedowns or fighting for top position. In training if i'm losing confidence in myself and not sure I can do a specific move or learn a transition, in my ever day life i do other things to boost my confidence and figure out exactly what is making me feel that way while I'm training and fix it! Eventually your heart becomes one and u are always confident or u are always fast. Training really IS life!
"Once you've wrestled, everything else in life is easy." Dan Gable