As I woke up this morning, the song "We Shall Overcome" was playing in my mind - from a "kiddie" standpoint
Kids these days, they've got the opposite problem, too LITTLE to overcome as opposed to when we were growing up.
But I mentally made a note to tell my daughter about practice.
Not that shell listen - she will scoff. Hehe.
But she'll listen too.
And this is what I wanted to tell her.
"Someday, you'll look back - and realize the value of what I told you".
i.e. the 10,000 hours I keep talking about ...
Now, what do I mean.
Well, just this -sometime in life, these kids have to grow up, and when they face the real world, in whatever shape it is now ...
Is when a lot of them will remember these words - if they have been told that.
And when they will HAVE to do it - a lot of them will do it.
Even more won't.
Sink or swim, basically, as it was at THAT job I write so much about, where the boss kept telling me (a year later) - and my wife too.
"We don't train. We just throw 'em in, see if they sink or swim!"
Its the way I've lived my entire life (no, I'm not discounting the value of training, but sometimes, you have to learn things yourself too).
(use what you've been given naturally, a mind and physical tools).
But anyway later on while doing my meditation - a practice I highly recommend, something else came to mind.
"I cannot be defeated!"
This kept playing in my mind in various shapes, forms and guises.
Now, you guys might think it's all about fitness and working out.
i.e. if you go through a SOLID workout - blood and tears - and you're lying SPENT on the ground in a pool of "blood and tears", sometimes literally - and you THEN find it in yourself to do a 100 pushups MORE.
Then you do it.
At the time of doing it, you might feel you've died an gone to hell.
After this, after you do it - and you sit back and realize you got to that goal again- is when you realize the feeling is "you cannot be defeated".
You did it no matter what.
Training wise, this is exactly and precisely what yours truly did out there on the hill!
Those long, long workouts I did ...
Its the feeling of CANNOT be defeated, yet, is is just the physical that makes this up?
Incredibly, even if you're fit enough to be a Navy Seal or what not, or you go through the training daily - - what bout the MIND?
There is a reason ancient marital arts, when you look at them, you might think "they're not training the hard stuff".
Oh yes they DO.
And physically too.
But mentally is what they focus upon the MOST.
And mentally is what needs to back up the physical, as I wrote about the other day.
They both go together, and they both COMPLEMENT and energize each other.
As the world moves towards more and more "astrology", and other rubbish of "your life number is this and that", and learning from Youtube and other nonsense (from guys that ended up getting it from some other guru that knew exactly squat all) - and try and impart the same so called knowledge to those who dont want it, ie the silent DOERS ... how many times do we see people understanding this truism?
Barely at all.
And the mental part, the mental part where you can truly wake up in the morning and say - or FEEL, more like it ... "nothing can defeat me" - is when you know you've living life like it's meant to be lived, i.e fearlessly!
Lots of people TALK About it.
How many actually do it?
Its fine and dandy to wax lyrical bout all this when the chips are up, what about when it's the other way, so far down youd never imagine things could do this wrong?
Yet, if you're there, bloodied and undefeated, with the feeling of "nothing can defeat me", then you're already halfway there, my friend.
And that is the lesson for this one. For mental tips and techniques, NOT from the spiritual bent, since many seem to think "its only work that matters" - pick up Zero to HEro And Gumption Galore NOW.
In the future, I'll put out more on meditation, and mind power.
For now, those books bove, and the 0 Excuses Fitness System are the ticket to build mental toughness like never before.
And physical too...
The kind of combo that cannot be beat, no matter what.