At the heart of the matter one the most important traits of an individual is devotion to a greater good and for that matter staying true to your beliefs. Life has many storms, trials and tribulations but those who stay the course when others fail will rise to the top. This does not come with qualification but firm realisation that managing duress crosses virtually every test our life faces including those within health, fitness and sports conditioning.
Devotion to goals is and must always be a constant if you are to be successful. Athletes in their early days at the elite level will often possess bales of raw athletic ability but when ravaged by injury in competition only their devotion will see them press onward. I know what is like to get up from injury when they tell you “it’s over” and can tell you succinctly, only that can be decided by you and a bulldog’s determination fights onward when others cease.
Devotion, resolve and the dedication to do what we do with all our might is the hallmark of success in sport and exercise, as well as other aspects of life and with each uphill battle an individual can either prove your mettle or fall short. Within team sports this is often stressed with the backdrop of playing with unified direction and without egotistical needs. In this manner the hands of devotion have been clenched to compete for team, team-mates and the greater good of a common goal. Team players fight onward not for personal needs but for their team-mates and of-course the crest they share.
Within the iron-game this need not be different in my opinion as whether an individual is an Olympic weightlifter, a Powerlifter or an everyday exercise enthusiast your actions will not only determine your success but lay a pathway for others to follow. Like a child who watches their parents and learns patterns of behaviour, the iron-game is the same as one generation’s attitude and approach carries forward to the next.
That said, the responsibility of the iron-games future is not off in the distance but what is done right now. What you do now will be remembered and lay the foundation of the future.
However this responsibility does not require you to brandish outlandish motivational commentary but in-fact action and a stick-to-itiveness towards your goals. Managing your peak training, with recovery based tactics along with ensuring a proper diet and supplementation plan is adhered to without failure as testament to your commitment.
Devotion is not a “chit-chat” or a motivational speech but shown by action and though it may be difficult to visualise your realm of influence, leadership starts with one man or woman showing the path. As you respond to the challenge of injury, so will others, as you to battle against poor habits that led to weight gain, so will others be strengthen by your resolve and as you establish a exercise regime for the first time in your life, so will others. Within each of us there is a leader and within each of us, as many of you know, there is greatness but we must summon it and use it to help others attain their goals.
As you attack your goals today and each day remember your actions speak to the next generation and create great ripples. Be bold in the face of adversity, display pride in your walk, commit yourself to a life with honour and help build leaders of tomorrow.
Prepared by John Davies
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