Back in 2005, I was making "𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬" to my decision to become a professional Muay Thai fighter.
In what was to be my last amateur bout before stepping into the pro ranks, 𝐈 𝐥𝐞𝐭 𝐦𝐲𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞 that this bout wouldn't require a serious approach.
Coming off of an amazing experience at the 𝗪𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐁𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐤𝐨𝐤, 𝐓𝐡𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝 and winning a Bronze medal, I slipped up just enough.
I didn't train with the 𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐮𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐲 that I had for the "World Cup of Muay Thai". I figured that 𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐝 𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐢𝐭 𝐚𝐥𝐥, as far as competition and skills, in over 20 amateur bouts.
My lack of "𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭" to stay focused and prepare led me to my 3rd and final loss.
Not only did I lose, 𝐈 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐓𝐊𝐎'𝐝 in front of a hometown crowd with family, friends and 𝐦𝐲 𝟖 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐨𝐥𝐝 𝐬𝐨𝐧 in attendance.
𝐂𝐎𝐍𝐓𝐑𝐈𝐁𝐔𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍- 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘢 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯 𝘣𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘢 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘶𝘭𝘵 𝘰𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘥𝘷𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦.
𝐂𝐎𝐌𝐌𝐈𝐓𝐌𝐄𝐍𝐓- 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘤𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘈𝘓𝘓 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭, 𝘱𝘩𝘺𝘴𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘴𝘺𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘨𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘨𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘳 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘰𝘯𝘦.
But 𝐍𝐎 regrets.
I learned a 𝐯𝐚𝐥𝐮𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐧 that showed me the right way. What I learned is that there is 1 thing that can derail us from the mission...𝐄𝐆𝐎.
𝐄𝐆𝐎 is the real fight in 𝐀𝐋𝐋 our lives.
It keeps us 𝐒𝐀𝐅𝐄, unwilling to look inside at what’s 𝐑𝐄𝐀𝐋𝐋𝐘 keeping us stuck.
It keeps us from staying 𝐅𝐎𝐂𝐔𝐒𝐄𝐃 on what we want to do, and instead caught up in the bullshit arguments on social media.
It keeps us throwing around 𝐄𝐗𝐂𝐔𝐒𝐄𝐒 as to why we can’t start exercising again.
It says things like “𝐈’𝐥𝐥 𝐓𝐑𝐘” when it comes to putting down the alcohol so you can show up for your kid.
Once you understand who the real fight is against, you can prepare and arm yourself to fight the battle "𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐝-𝐨𝐧".
You can begin showing up as your 𝐓𝐑𝐔𝐄 self.
Your most 𝐏𝐎𝗪𝐄𝐑𝐅𝐔𝐋 self.
Right now, I want you to 𝐂𝐎𝐌𝐌𝐈𝐓 to controlling the way 𝐘𝐎𝐔 think and 𝐍𝐎𝐓 letting 𝐄𝐆𝐎 control you. Our own minds are the 𝐎𝐍𝐋𝐘 thing that we can truly control in our lives.
We 𝐂𝐀𝐍'𝐓 control people.
We 𝐂𝐀𝐍'𝐓 control circumstances.
We 𝐂𝐀𝐍'𝐓 control “things”.
But we 𝐂𝐀𝐍 control our thoughts.
Send me a message and let’s get you 𝐁𝐀𝐂𝐊 in the 𝐅𝐈𝐆𝐇𝐓.