Man in the arena

We all go to our own arenas, some of us work at a gym and others, work at a law firm, or on a football field.

This is about understanding what it takes to conquer the arena, and to achieve excellence.

Being excellent at something isn’t going to happen in 3 months, it will take years.

So, for those who think they will have a quick fix, go on and read another website.

Yet, for the men and women who are interested in the long game, this post might just be for you.  I say things like this and people always misconstrue the message.

People think that being in an arena, is like the gladiator movie.

This is false, I use the arena as a metaphor.

This helps to put everything into perspective.

Your arena could be internal demons, or the fear of failure.

By the way whoever has a fear of failure, I suggest that you squat until you miss.

That does wonders for the fear of failure.

Failure is something that is important not to run from.  Some people are so afraid of it that they never stretch themselves to new heights.

Obviously the theme of this website is to succeed at all costs.  Yet, that has nothing to do with skipping failure, on the contrary, failing often leads to success.

The reason for this is more attempts.  In baseball, does the pitcher not throw balls, in football, does the qb not throw incomplete passes, what about basketball, do we make every shot.

No, we don’t make every shot, the same goes for lifting, people are terrified of missing lifts, this is a fear that needs to be conquered.

Do this for a minute, get in a room by yourself, and picture yourself in a colisieum there is a squat rack, a bench press, and a deadlift platform.

Now, picture millions of people watching you lift and either booing or cheering you, similar to pro wrestling.

See yourself making every lift, and then do the reverse, see yourself getting pinned down by 500 lbs and breaking all of your ankles and bones.

By doing this you have already examined all possible outcomes.

Then this is training your brain to not be afraid.  Fear is okay, if we don’t run from it.

Fear can also be reframed as excitement.  I’ve noticed that our perception is everything, and champions perceive things differently than average people.

Average people are scared of failure and they think that they are fixed with the way they are.

Champions have the attitude that they can learn and grow.  Guess who’s right?

Champions of course, this powerful frame of mind, helps put things into better perspective, missing a lift, can actually be a huge blessing, it can show lifters their weakness.

That doesn’t mean to recklessly miss lifts, it just means, if the warm ups, and top sets go well, to go for the pr.

That is all that this means, make chasing prs part of the training, not all of it.

I know that it is wise to make training harder than the actual competition.  It is how the Navy Seals say, we don’t rise to the occasion, we fall to the level of our training.

This is why training needs to be taken seriously, training needs to be treated like the actual competition, people need to be excited to train.

Then the competition, it is time to wind down and focus.  This all happens by treating the practice like a real game.

A lot of people are incapable of doing this.  They forget that their moment is coming, when that moment comes we must be ready.

If we aren’t trained to be ready for our moment, we never will be ready.

If anything treat the training like the most important moments of your life.  Because in reality they are.

We need to be able to handle pressure and stress.  The people who can handle both are the one’s that thrive and conquer.

The world isn’t meant to just survive in, it was meant for us to thrive and to conquer.

Always seek improvement, maintenance does nothing for anyone.

Maintenance keeps the status quo, which is something that must be destroyed.

Normal never achieved greatness.

Like Louie Simmons says, normal people get normal results.

Reject normal, spit in the face of normal.

Normal was meant to be treated with disrespect.

Make being great a necessity, if you need it you will get it.

It’s when we give ourselves and out, when we don’t achieve.

Use the deathground strategy.  Pretend that your back is against the wall and you have to fight like heck to get out.

When success is a necessity as it is in other countries, you will have success.

We give ourselves too many choices in our lives, if we make success the only option, we will find a way to get success.

That is the only difference between a winner and a loser.

A loser gives himself a crutch, an out, an excuse.

The winner will only accept winning, nothing else, nothing else ever crosses his mind.

Winners need to win, so they do.

This obviously doesn’t work every time, yet, it gives us the best chance at achievement.

We all say we want achievement, see there lies the problem, we want it, we don’t need it.

We need toilet paper, so we get it.  Treat success the same way, make yourself need it.

If people don’t like it, screw them, most likely they were a loser anyway, champions do what needs to be done.

Realize that the world is ruled by necessity, if you need success you will get it.

If someone puts a gun to your head and says, come up with 10 great ideas you will come up with 10 great ideas.

Treat your life like that, because it really is on the line.

Time is limited and all of us will die.

That means that success must be a necessity, and we must achieve every thing we want before the grim reaper comes to get us.

Necessity, Necessity, Necessity

Whenever we convince ourselves that we need something, and we burn whatever boats we have, we will get it.

This thought about wanting, gives us an out, an excuse.

When we need something we get it.

Think of the things we really need in life, such as soap, water, food, toilet paper.

We make sure that we always have these, hopefully.

At least these are things that I absolutely have to have.

What if we treated our success, and our accomplishment the same way?

Couldn’t we get 10x more done?

I got this idea from the book the 33 strategies of war by Robert Greene.  The idea came from Hernan Cortes, he led an army and the short story is that he burned his own armies boats.

Now, this seems counter-intuitive but it isn’t.

Cortes told his men, we will either escape on the enemies boats or we will die.

As you probably think, they ended up winning.

We can turn desires into necessities.  It is entirely possible, people don’t understand the difference, that is what is funny.

I have even heard Olympic Lifting coach John Broz say the same thing.

Necessity trumps desire every single day.

It is the strategy that Robert Greene calls in his book “The Death-ground strategy.”

In a nutshell, death-ground is when your back is against the wall and there is nowhere to go but forward.

Go to death-ground and convince yourself that there is nowhere to go but forward.

Sun-Tzu author of the Art of War says that if you place a soldier in a situation where his life is in danger he will survive.

The true gladiators and true warriors, have no fear of death or failure.

They go after what they want and need with ferocious intensity.

In modern times, we are lacking this quality.

Or the ones who have intensity, and vigor, tend to lack intelligence and basic common sense.

This is the way things usually work, we aren’t going to have every quality, it simply is highly unlikely.  People have this delusion, that we can have the perfect balance of everything, when in reality, it is completely different.

The reality is that we must make a choice, with that choice comes a result.

If we choose to chase after goals, some of our friends will feel jealous and inferior and subtly try to sabotage us.

If we choose to prioritize relationships, our career is likely to suffer.

If we choose balance it is likely that we will become or in this case stay mediocre.

I will look people in the eye in person and tell them, that I do not make the best friend, I have aims I am chasing, I am on an endless pursuit of glory, and fortune.

I am willing to pay the ultimate price, this is something that no one else seems to comprehend.

Yes you can eat what you want on a calorie deficit.

The price is that you will be eating less.

During a bulk, yes we can eat more.

The price is that we will put on some bodyfat, that is inevitable.

People want to ignore this.

This doesn’t give people an excuse to be a pessimist that tries nothing.

The purpose of that paragraph was to make people aware that we will always pay a price, whether it is money or not.

Pay it in full, the first time.

Again, that doesn’t mean money, it can mean, blood, sweat, tears, effort.

This means everything, get in the arena and dominate, and be ready for backlash.