HEY! It’s been awhile. Hope y’all are doing well. SO- Driven Fighters recently reached out to me to write up a little blog post for them! Check out the article below or head on over to their site and read some awesome motivational/inspirational/educational posts.
5 Rules to Maintain Intensity
What’s your end game?
What do you want?
Now, be specific. Don’t get all hypothetical fluffy-la-dee-la iwanttobethebestfighter or something. Narrow it down. Take your giant philosophical idea and put it into right here, right now terms.
“I want to be the best fighter.” “May 25th, 2016. That fight I have? It’s mine. I will have technique. I will have power. I will have speed. THIS is my fight.”
See what I did there?
I took this broad statement, this idea that can easily be pushed around and out of your head and made it something almost tangible. “It’s mine.” “THIS is my fight.” I own this now. I own the fight. Every damn day, I will work towards these words until they are truths.
Be specific. Nail it down. Write it out. Tell anyone who will listen and if they don’t listen, talk anyway. Get your goals out of your head and into the universe. Attract dream chasers and go – getters. Be your own beacon of confidence. Because if you don’t believe in you – who else is going to.
Rule Number 1 – Find your what.
Have it written down yet? No? THIS ISN’T A GAME FOOL. WRITE IT DOWN…
Kidding, but not really – I’ll wait.
Now, you’ve got your “what.”
May 25th, 2016? That fight is YOURS. Okay, but why? Why is this so important to you? Why do you need to have the technique, the power, and the speed? What gives YOU the right to take the fight before it’s fought? Why are you more deserving than your opponent? Again, be specific.
“I want to win this fight because it will make me a better fighter and my supporters will be proud of me.”
“I want to win this fight because it will feel good.”
“I want to win this fight because it will take me to the next level.”
Okay…. Right… Well, these are all great statements, but WHY? Why does owning this fight give way to all these ideas? Why are YOU more deserving than your opponent?
I train 6 days a week 2x a day. I eat clean. I do yoga. I spin. I run. I jump. I kick. Okokok. Yes, you do. But so does your opponent. WHY do you deserve it more?
“May 26th, 2016 is my fight because no one else is going to take it from me. I will be faster. I will be stronger. I will have the better technique.”
Damn straight. That’s more like it.
Rule number 2 – Find your why.
Now – train like it.
You have your what and you have your why, now comes the doing part. The get out there and take it part. Train every day for May 26th 2016.
Running isn’t just running anymore – it’s rounds. How many rounds can you go? Are you going to own that 5th round or just make it?
Sparring isn’t just testing out techniques and combos – it’s timing and precision. It’s seeing YOUR fight; it’s finding your strengths and strengthening your weaknesses until they become weapons in your arsenal.
Rule number 3 –
Connect to your training. Find your fight in everything you do.
Remember those dream chasers and go – getters you attracted with your “what” ? Find strength in them. Surround yourself with people who are better than you, who are stronger than you, who are not just reaching for the stars, but beyond them. Learn from them, chase them. When you find yourself questioning your what, forgetting your why.. look to your team, your trainers. They will light your spark when you feel it’s dimming.
Give back what you have been given – your supporters deserve the very best of you. Every time you feel like turning back, giving up, taking a knee, remember them and kick it up 10 notches. It takes a village to raise a fighter. From nutritionists to coaches to chiropractors- you have people putting their energy into you. They believe in you. Use that energy to fuel your fire. When your deep into fight camp and you’re thinking, why the hell am I waking up this early to train to just go to work and come back later and do the same thing- you think of them, they are a damn good reason to give your training your everything.
Rule number 4-
Find your tribe- learn from them and pay it forward.
I’m going to take a step back to Rule Number 1. No need to scroll up, I’ll rewrite my point because it is just that important to reference again and because it is my Rule Number 5.
Because if you don’t believe in you – who else is going to.
YOU. HEY YOU. YOU are a damn good reason to stay motivated. You have your what, you have your why, you have your training, and you have your tribe; now all that’s left is you.
This is YOUR fight. No one else is going to be fighting it for you. No one else is getting in the ring for you. It is YOUR name on the line here.
You want it?
Rule Number 5-
Go get it.
(Thanks to DL Sports Photography for the amazing pictures.)