The picture that you see was of my last fight. It was a pretty tough fight, and I managed to pull of the win for that fight. I was thrilled not because I won the fight, but for simply taking this fight as an opportunity for growth.
Growth only occurs through hardship. There is no shortcuts in growing.
On the day of the fight there were a couple of miscommunication situations which created a very miserable experience on my end.
1. Had to cut 8 pounds in roughly 2-3 hours before the event. I had not planed on cutting any weight that day as I was on the weight we agreed upon earlier.
2. Was very little time to re-hydrate and eat properly. I had to refuel with what was around me. The choices were not that great.
3. Couldn't figure out if the bout was going to be with protective gear or not.
All of these things made the experience very miserable. But one thing I was not going to do was cancel my fight. Myself and my opponent had worked too hard for it to be cancelled on some miscommunication. I'm glad I did decide to compete because I learned so much about myself having gone through that experience. Here's some things I got from this experience.
1. RISK vs opportunities.
I did not make a typograhy error with the heading. I made it that way to reflect the level of importance we place on RISKS and the low value we place on opportunities. I believe it should be the other way around. We need to start placing more importance on Opportunities then on risks. You will only grow through Opportunities. We tend to limit what we want to do in this life simply because there are risks involved. Any of these every happen to you??
- Stay quite in fear of the backlash you might face by your peers?
- Turn down a job opportunity, to keep your stable but lifeless present job.
- Want to get into the best shape of your life, but refuse to try because you believe you do not know enough.
- Wanting to try something new but don't for fear of what others might think?
It's primarily fear that prevents us from taking the many opportunities that past by our way on a consistent basis. One of the things that I love about Muay Thai and Martial Arts is that you face your fears on a consistent basis when training. You are battling the many voices in your head that says:
- You can't do this
- You look ridiculous doing this
- You will never lose weight
- You are just wasting time
- Why are you doing this? You're not a fighter.
The beautiful thing about Martial Arts is it is simply an expression of strength. You are expressing yourself in a strong way. Through continued effort you are creating a habit of you continually Being Strong Through Your Expression. The dis-empowering beliefs will fall at the waste side because the effort that you continually put forth contradicts your expression. That is why we say that;
Growth happens from outside in within Martial Arts.
So whats stopping you from trying out Martial Arts. Think of the opportunities you can obtain.
If your curious about life. Learn about a practice that has been on this earth for more than a thousand years.
Learn how to build a strong body, and in the process develop a strong mind.
If you want to be more courageous. Try out Muay Thai. My job as an instructor is to teach you the technique.It's your job to express that technique. You are in the driver seat in your path of courage. Muay Thai is the vehicle you will find your strength.
If your goal is to look good. Why not try something new for a change? Push your body to knew heights with our classes. In addition, you are with a group of people who are focused on the same thing as you. To become the strongest version of themselves.
So what opportuntities are simply passing you by? It's time to start taking more opportunities in your life!