At 36 years old, I have competed as a mixed martial artist almost half of my life. One of the first questions anybody ever asks me to this day is, “What’s your record?” The validity of my passionate life, that I called a career, has ALWAYS been measured in terms of wins and losses. Essentially, any athlete, especially fighters are judged this way.
If the relevance of our lives has been summed up this way, why doesn’t everybody take this approach in life? Every day you wake up, you should be battling for something. If you’re not, you are automatically 0 – 9125…and counting. Your record is terrible.
In life, as opposed to fighting, it’s a lot easier to have a winning record. In a fight, the primary objective of your opponent is to not only beat you, but to knock your teeth into the back of your skull. He or she trained for 3 months to do so. In life, most of your competition doesn’t even acknowledge you, and some of them are even willing to help you. Additionally, you can stack the deck in your favor. Here are some ways:
- Have the best training partners. All the best UFC fighters train with the best camps. Their success is a reflection of their camp. If you looked at your life’s peers, what kind of fighters would be in your camp…UFC caliber or YouTube bum fights?
- Get good coaches. Imagine if you had Greg Jackson, Ricardo Liborio, and Mark Dellagrotti coaching you. In life, you can. These are your mentors. You do not have to know someone for them to mentor you. You can have as many as you want and anytime you want. With as much access to information at your fingertips, it’s unacceptable to not be guided by positive influences. If your mentor is your lost cousin, you better reassess.
- Fight! You have a good management team – you. You choose the battles that you fight every day. If you are moving forward toward a goal, you’re winning. If you’re deviating from that goal or sitting stagnant, you’re losing. Take advantage of all the resources you have at your disposal, and fight!
With this advice, get out there are rack up some W’s
Dedicated to life’s fights
Din Thomas is a 9x UFC Veteran and owner
of American Top Team Treasure Coast in Jensen Beach, Fl.