The Monday Mindset: Enter the Arena

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
— Theodore Roosevelt

Anything we want to achieve in life is up to us - education, career, a big daddy deadlift, a sexy snatch, weight loss, a half marathon, hiking across a foreign country - but first you have to see it, you have to believe that it is feasible, you have to enter the arena.

We are champions - our largest motivators and our biggest supporters. We are also our biggest critics - our own doubters and disbelievers. So remember this: it’s only You vs You. We’re in a head game with ourselves. No one and nothing else matters once we solve ourselves. Part of finding ourselves involves confronting the doubter - the silent negative person on our shoulder saying “it’s too hard”, “you’re not ready”, “you can’t do this”. To silence the other person you have to continually talk to this person - yourself - and listen. 


Once you decide to get out of your head and focus on something you want, you will undoubtable get it. It may be difficult, and the journey may be bumpy, but what is at the end of the road are all the affirmations a champion, and your biggest supporter ready to take on the next journey, but with a stronger mindset. 


You are a champion, and a doubter - a self-motivator and a disbeliever. We are all in a head game with ourselves - “it’s too hard”, “I’m not ready”, “I can’t do this”. Listen to that person inside your head, and then silence them. You’re mindset will be stronger for it and the champion inside you will grow. It’s Monday and the arena awaits you.