The majority of the world is beyond our control.
We have limited control over much of the external forces that effect us, yet we try as hard as we can to exert control over these things.
This can lead to a lot of frustration, anger, rage, despair, and hopelessness. If you don't have a frame of reference here, trust me - I know what I'm talking about.
As we keep worrying about all of the external things outside of our control, we often neglect those things that are within our control, and the majority of the time, it is those things that will have the greatest effect on our lives.
We do have control over our physical, mental, and spiritual self improvement. Why, then, do we let this slip from our grasp?
Why do we neglect this - trading our chance for greatness for amusement and passing comfort?
This one thing we absolutely control. We can wield the power to create and recreate ourselves in accordance to who we want or need (or are needed) to be.
This has always been what amazed me about training.
It's like math. All you have to do is show up, and be willing to put in the work.
People act like they have to be motivated to train, or they're waiting for the right time - for the right pieces to fall into place.
What they don't realize is that it's in the moments where you aren't motivated, where you have to squeeze in a session - doing only what's necessary - when you have to truly fight and struggle to get your training in - that the greatest progress is made - the spirit and mind are toughened.
The body will follow.
In this regard - training, growing, learning becomes something sacred - a sacrament to ourselves and to those close to us - be it family, friends, co-workers, or team mates.
By making ourselves stronger, tougher, more resilient to the challenges that will come, we become able to pull ourselves through the struggle - becoming something, someone greater than we were - becoming something heroic in an age of mediocrity and settling for good enough.
We become an example to ourselves, and, therefore, through our actions, mindset, and attitude, stand as an example to lead others who may be looking to us - because you never know who is watching.
Perhaps the greatest thing you can do today is commit 100% to the process of transforming yourself from a hobbyist to one of the dedicated few.
Someone who is willing to sacrifice and do what is needed to break the mold of mediocrity.
Someone who is willing to push back against a life that's designed to make you soft and compliant, waiting for the inevitable downward spiral.
Someone who is willing to call themselves out on their own B.S., because you can do so much better, and so much is riding on your choice.
Stand up for yourself.
Stand up for those close to you.
Forge something great.
BE someone great
I'm pulling for you.
Eric Chasko is the head of Redemption Fight Club. He is a Performance Enhancement Specialist and Progressive Fighting Systems Full Instructor. From young athletes to busy professionals, he helps people develop the physical, mental, and emotional strength to win on the field, on the street, and in life.