When Are You Going to Beat the Guy
You’re Not Supposed to Beat?
When broken down, the question “When are you going to beat the guy you’re not supposed to beat?”
infers you have had a loss.
How you respond to that loss is the most important decision of your life.
The loss is an opportunity to become better. To train harder. To isolate what is truly important to you.
The loss makes you focus deeper, longer and gives you an appetite and a craving for what you want.
It makes you become a hunter.
To beat the guy you’re not supposed to beat requires training and execution and plowing through plateaus.
It requires ambition, desire and managing your emotions when you don’t succeed.
It requires doing more than you ever thought you could do, and even more when you think you are done.
It requires a focused mental mind in mission mode.
It requires sacrifice, hard work and overcoming adversity.
I have been around wrestling for most of my life, and I can truly attest to the fact that the greatest feeling in wrestling isn’t winning a championship, it is beating a wrestler you are not supposed to beat.
It shows progress.
You see a payoff for your hard work. You feel a sense of accomplishment.
And when you beat a wrestler you are not supposed to beat, a wrestler who is better than you, a funny thing happens, you want to accomplish more, set bigger goals, and to train harder because you experienced that ecstasy that comes with beating someone who is better than you.
My father used to say, “There is always a better man.”
I have revised that saying to be, “There is always a better man. Train to beat him.”
When you retire from the sport of wrestling and become a “normal person” again, you will indeed experience loss in your life. Life will undoubtedly throw you to your back. And how you respond to that loss will make all the difference in the world to the quality of your remaining life, and your family’s lives’.
Winning every match will never teach you how to respond to a loss.
Only reaching deep down after a loss, to train to beat someone who you’re not supposed to beat, a wrestler who is better than you will do that.
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