July 20, 2017
Use What You’ve Got
One of the most humbling experiences that I had during my wrestling career was taking trips to the small island country of Cuba. From looking at the capital today, it is easy to see why it was such a vacation hotspot in it’s heyday. The effects of communism are clearly visible, and I couldn’t help but wonder what the country looked like 50 years prior to my visits there.
Taking a trip to the Olympic Training Center there, you won’t see a bunch of fancy training equipment. In fact, the toilets don’t even work, and you would be hard pressed to find a complete set of weights onsite. However, they consistently produce Olympic and World champions. Their athletes are always well prepared for competition, and I still regard the training camps that I participated in there very helpful in my personal development as an athlete.
The take away is that your current environment and resources doesn’t matter nearly as much as your will to train and your will to win. Even though you may feel limited in your current abilities, there is always a way to do the best that you can with what you have. These efforts help you to take steps forward in your personal journey, and progress ultimately leads to completion and attainment of the goals that you have for yourself.
So if today you feel you are at a disadvantage, re-evaluate your current situation. Perhaps what you see as your biggest handicap may be the thing that will actually help you to succeed in the end.