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There is an old warrior mantra that states: “The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle.” it has become a clique statement on meathead and crossfit t-shirts, but the mentality behind it is brilliant. I also once heard a former Olympic athlete say: “You train so hard that the event becomes easy.” There has to be something to that right? The idea that we need to be putting more effort in preparation for the competition, and not just hope we will have what it takes when the opportunity comes. The last quote I will share is my favorite. I have heard it from several ex-military: “You do not rise to the occasion, you simply fall back to your level of training.” I think a lot of people fall into the trap of thinking they will somehow “rise to the occasion.” They will just show up and through shear WILL POWER be able to standout and accomplish greatness. We may tell ourselves...

Well, when I am making more money I will work harder.

When the boss gives me a shot, then I will do my best work.

When I get promoted, then I will show up earlier and leave later.

They don’t pay me enough to work harder.

It is our ego that thinks we will somehow magically just show up to the race and be able to compete. It is my ego that says I could probably score a basket on Lebron James. Haha. Us thinking that we will somehow be ready for opportunity without training for it is just as ridiculous. Let me repeat it: “We do not rise to the occasion, we fall back to our level of training.” If we want a promotion, we have to work so hard for the promotion that once we get it, the new workload is easy. We have to train so hard, sweat so much during the training, so we bleed less in battle. Stop putting off studying, and learning, and training, and sweating because your ego is lying to you. Start putting in the work so that you are ready when the battle comes, when the promotion comes, when the money comes, when the opportunity comes. Do the hard work now so that it is easier later. If you fail to train, you just trained to fail. “The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle.” Get out there and sweat everyone. Happy Monday. 11.20.17 - Phillip Andrew  

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