What if I told you that the symptoms of too much stress are the same as too little stress...
No matter what you do, where you are, or what your profession may be, are you taking the time to put your armor on?
Throughout our lives we are all going to be knocked down. It will always be easier to stay on the sideline. It takes courage, resilience, strong desire and an internal fire to step over that line and return to the field. Getting knocked down is part of life - it's part of the game - and when we get knocked down there is only one voice in our head that we should listen to. It's the one that's telling us to "Get Back in the Game!"
The truth is, these overnight success stories are years in the making and are full of early mornings, late nights, grueling training, and meticulous preparation - all waiting for the potential for one opportunity to break in and make a massive impact! Do you have what it takes to become an overnight success?
We all have goals, objectives, and game plans to get us to where we want to go and who we want to become. We put in the work and the reps, and we grind to make our desired future a reality. And sometimes, no matter how much time and effort we put in. No matter how hard we train. No matter how much we sacrificed. No matter how bad we want it... sometimes, we still lose. Why? Well, no matter what we did to prepare, our opposition prepared as well.
There is no blue print on how to become the best at what you do. Honestly, in my mind, that's a good thing! If there was a set path, it would cheapen what it means to actually play at world class. Each and every one of us needs to harness our own unique drive, dedication and passion towards constant improvement... Always remaining hungry to redefine our best - whether that is by a single percentage point, or a hundredth or thousandth of a second. So while I won't pretend to have the answers, I want to provide a few reliable guide posts that can help all of us on our personal journey towards playing at our highest levels.
Prior to launching Will Athletic and exploring the concept of the Inner Athlete, I had this idea of a business or corporate athlete stuck in my head. Sure, the excitement and experience of being on the field might not be there, but that sense of competition, desire for growth, and willingness to win absolutely existed. So how could we harness that athlete's mindset and apply it on a daily basis in the office? Seeing an article about making Corporate Athletes was something I had to check out.
... embracing and realizing your Inner Athlete through an intense focus on body, mind and spirit is not easy. Nothing truly meaningful in life ever is. Yet I promise, it will be worth it!
It takes hard work and self-reflection. It requires tireless dedication to continue to grow and become the very best version of ‘you’. It takes an athlete’s mindset to never be complacent with your current status in life or list of successes, but to always be taking incremental steps to bettering all aspects of your game.