This video is based off of one of my recent Instagram posts which was inspired by my experiences in my own life. Both on the mat and off the mat.
I can’t tell you how many times in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Wrestling or in other aspects of my life where this message rang true.
I believe this is the way it is for most of us. We’re our own biggest enemy.
There’s so much brilliance inside of us but we can only realize it when we get out of our own way and make it happen.
Here’s the original post:
There’s a special moment of relief at the end of a training session or competition.
As your coach gathers everyone together for one last huddle to finish class, or the ref raises the hand of the victor.
You realize. . . the struggle is over. You did what you set out to do and the white flag of your enemy has been raised.
But the enemy is not your opponent at the competition or your training partners. . . It’s yourself.
A battle had been waged and won that day, an internal siege had been lifted. As the army of your own anxiety, harsh judgments and laziness was beaten back.
Defeated were the thoughts of skipping training, sitting out another round or avoiding the upcoming competition because deep down you were afraid you’re not good enough.
Regardless of the outcome of that days training or competition. What matters is you conquered yourself.
And tomorrow the forces of your own shadow will reappear. As they do everyday. Ready for another battle and looking for a weakness in you.
But where there is a shadow there is a light.
And that light comes from the strength, intelligence and intensity inside you.
Embrace the suck, take joy in these daily battles, whether on or off the mat.
Because everyday you choose to follow your heart and take action is a day the enemy inside you becomes a little weaker, your light a little bigger. . . your shadow a little smaller.
I hope you guys enjoy the video!
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