April 4th, 2009
Last Thursday I had a great clinic at Kearns High School in Utah. Thanks Coach Linnel and all of those wrestlers who attended. I was really happy with how hard all of the kids worked and paid attention. It made for a great day and was honestly one of the highlights for my week. It would be great to be doing clinics everyday and being able to be around the kids more often. One of the things I stressed again to the kids is to set goals and work to achieve them. There really is no better way to success than through using the goal formula.
I am attempting to keep regular weekly posts on this site, and as part of that I will be including a tip of the week. Most of the tips will have to deal with wrestling, however, at times the content may be applicable to other areas of life. This week’s tip is on the power of focus.
Since August I have been working with hydrovac trucks that serve the unique purpose of hydro-excavation or digging with water. The truck comes equipped with a pressure washer and a vacuum. The pressure washer cuts through the earth and exposes gas and other utility lines while the vacuum sucks the debris away. If the hose to the pressure washer pump has no special fitting on the end, the flow that comes from the hose looks about double what you would expect to come from an ordinary garden hose. The water won’t do much except wash away the very top layer of dust and dirt and make some mud. However, when the dig wand is attached to the end of the hose the water is forced through a tip with an opening about the circumfrence of a paper clip. Water shoots out of this tip up to 4,500 pounds per square inch of pressure and enables the stream to slice through earth, sandstone, some shale rocks, and even two by fours! In both scenarios the pump was exerting equal force at equal rpms, but the difference that the tip of the dig wand made was applying focused intensity to a stream of water. By also applying focused intensity to the efforts that we make in our lives we can become much more effective. By focusing on a few specific areas of interest or necessity we can go from average to exceptional. This applies to many activities in life, but we can especially apply this to our wrestling. When we go to practice instead of doing just a little bit of everything, let’s focus on one move that day that we want to do perfectly. By setting daily goals and acting on them with focused intensity we’ll see a great positive result. We will improve our skils dramatically, and we will see our dreams materialize. Let’s focus on doing whatever it takes to improve ourselves. We know what to do so let’s do it. Fight for your dreams!