We all sometimes Fall and come up Short of our Goals. We ask "how did I Fall (or Fail)?
As a successful wrestler I get asked a lot how did I rebound and recover from a LOSS and get back to WINNING. Well after the obvious "It's not EASY" I reply with a question "look back to where you started to SLIP (lose confidence, doubt, cut corners, not work as hard, veer from your core values, hook up with the wrong person or people, not care as much, etc, etc, the list goes on... and on...)
I've discovered from my own experiences both from wrestling and in LIFE (after all this is most important) that before the FALL there was a SLIP.
THIS IS WHERE THE FALL ACTUALLY OCCURRED... at that point of the SLIP. If not corrected a FALL is inevitable. It's SURE.
It's ONLY a MATTER of TIME. Some of us can hang on for a long time after slipping. The actual Fall is not always immediate.
We all know when we slip. We brush it off though as a "Close Call"... We get in Denial... We try and pretend it never happened... We think were to busy to address the slipping ISSUE so we ignore it and think business will be as usual.
BUSINESS WON'T BE AS USUAL FOR LONG.
The most consistently successful people are the ones that acknowledge AND correct their SLIPS as soon as possible, thereby avoiding a FALL later.
IT'S NOT WHERE YOU FALL... BUT WHERE YOU STARTED TO SLIP. PAY ATTENTION TO THE SLIPS and you'll have more SUCCESS.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
I get asked a lot what I did to be a successful wrestler and the main thing I say is a lot of what I did I really didn't like.
The problem with being successful is most of us have a fuzzy idea what it takes! We all want the end result...the spoils... the victory... the nice house... car... etc.
The problem continues with most people only focusing on the part of the process they like. Based on the God given natural abilities you got at birth and the skills you have been able to attain you will land somewhere on the success scale.
If the place you land on the success scale is not where you want to be, then SOMETHING HAS TO CHANGE.
THE CHANGE THAT NEEDS TO BE MADE usually involves DOING THINGS WE REALLY DON'T LIKE.... and SINCE MOST OF US RESIST DOING THINGS WE DON'T LIKE THE SUCCESS WE WANT NEVER COMES.
As a wrestler there were many aspects to training I really liked. But there also were some things I didn't like... I really disliked RUNNING... and I avoided it as much as I could.
When I was at my first elite level training camp in 1978 training for the World Championships I was introduced to running by Coach Dan Gable. We ran HARD every day. Up hills... over gravel roads... in sand... with guys on our backs... ect.
Because it was Gable and because I was convinced I needed it to win... I did it with excellence and with a good attitude... I strived to win or be in the front of every run.
Figure out what you have been avoiding because you don't like it and really determine if that very thing, if you were doing it, can help you toward a goal you have.