Up through a dark alley way and along a deserted street, from the other side of a fenced in yard a guard dog barks a might warning. Hairs stand up on the menacing beast, though on second-glance his youthful eyes giveaway the pup still within, yearning for a good scratch behind the ears. Twenty paces or so beyond the pup on the porch, the eyes of the alpha is bearing down. Not a blink or a modest growl but the eyes have you deep in the sights. One move in the wrong direction and you will learn the greying beard masks a veteran's poise to get the tough job done.
September is here and finally the lazy days of summer and can be bid farewell. My faster, faster demeanour welcomes the end of August and warmly embrace September, a month of action and of stated intent.
Somewhere right now, a workforce is rolling its sleeves up, getting back to work and pouring through another pot of coffee. Somewhere in the deep recesses of a library a student is setting their sights on a great year and somewhere in the sporting world, a cagey old veteran is about to some the whole damn world, they've still got what it takes to lead.
Stated intent is a simple, yet brilliant thing. It is a firm contract that say’s, you will apply yourself and head straight towards your goals. Sadly, within a world that accepts last-place as a ribbon-winning event, stated intent gets lost in the shuffle. However, as you embark on this September, sign a contract of stated intent that instead of accepting less, asks for more. Ask more for yourself and push the boundaries of what you believe in. Believe in yourself and eliminate fear from the equation. Fear nothing, focus and apply.
Take the lead from that old greying dog on the porch and leave the bravado aside. While the band will play a mighty song and society now accepts the inevitable barking beast that lacks bite, go a different route. Show resolve, volition but with honour and even something very unfashionable now, good sportsmanship.
Applying yourself with all your might is possibly the single most challenging element for a teacher, coach or mentor to communicate to their students. Whether it is in academic studies, the workplace or athletic pursuits, this overall idea is near impossible to express in words sufficiently. Likely, or at least the route that has worked best for me, is the overall notion of honouring your past, your name and effectively taking yourself out of the equation and instead serving another.
For those in sport, ignore self-serving interests that have accepted the starlet vision, where your success is your own. Show good sportsmanship but realise amongst team sports, it is a team sport and just like a workplace pulling together, we are all part of the team. Quite possibly, that is the biggest story of them all because we are all part of the same team and its time to roll up your sleeve, dig in and get ready for September, a time of action and stated intent.
Prepared by John Davies
John’s present supplement stack starts daily with the “athlete’s advantage”, Modern, Super Cissus, PowerFull and Prime, along with additional use of Recreate, Yok3d, Anabolic Pump and Pink Magic depending upon his training cycle (workout log 1, 2, 3, 4).
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