Readiness To Compete – Motivation By Mark Schwab

A look at pre-competition behaviors for consistency and excellence in performance

In my experience, pre-competition behaviors are overlooked. We talk about consistent performance/results while striving for inspired performance/results. Consistent and effective performance will not unfold randomly. Certainly, your training leading up to competition is significant. Your initial warm-up is crucial – raise your heart-rate, blood pumping, drilling, running, sprints, sparring and a good sweat. This should do it, right?

Wrestling is a sport everyone agrees is heavily mental – thoughts, beliefs, attitude, self-talk, words we use, pictures in our mind, etc. Our mental climate can be drastically altered, developed, improved and strengthened by awareness and being intentional. As coaches and athletes, we should know and explore what actions and thoughts provide the best opportunity to compete effectively and consistently. If we don’t know this, it’s time to begin paying attention.

Far too many athletes prepare, perform and compete randomly. One of the most common themes – The athlete’s warm-up depends on who his competition is. So, if I have a really good opponent, I’m really going to get ready to compete vs. an opponent I don’t feel is worthy of preparing for. This is a mistake.

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The most powerful and accessible, yet ignored tool in the world – Motivation By Mark Schwab

You train your body, muscles, techniques, skills, and conditioning daily but what about your most powerful resource? You may think since you’re doing ok or not currently struggling; you’re on track. Way too many people wait until they’re in doubt, struggling, or broken before they address the quality of their mindset. This is like not paying your bills until you’re in heavy debt, not filling your car with gas until you run out, not completing your assignments until you flunk the class, or not tending to your health until you’re already sick. All of this sounds ridiculous and obvious. Yet, we do just that with our mental climate in a sport, training, and competition.

WE physically exert daily, month after month, and year after year; in fact, our entire career. Why? In order to reach our potential, get an edge and ideally achieve excellence. Actually, everyone exercises the physical aspect of training until necessary skills are second nature. Yet, we do all of this while ignoring our inner voice who speaks loudest of all. We’re at our best when mind/body are in tune. Think about it, who do you hear, what do you hear and feel when you’re training, fatigued, or competing? There’s always an inner voice/sub-mind, and this magnificent potential of power must be disciplined, supported, and trained as well. Think about it; we continue to condition long after we’re already well conditioned physically; yet, pay little attention to the mind until there’s a problem and then we’re consumed with our problem.

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Goals, an Obvious and Intelligent Edge for All – Motivation By Mark Schwab

Goal setting will be as much a part of your success as anything else. In fact, Written goals will affect your results drastically.

Effective goal setting is NOT writing down you want to be a state or national champion at the beginning of the season, handing it to coach, and this is the extent. Unfortunately, I’ve seen many who use this thoughtless system.

Effective goal setting is a tool for TAKING ACTION. All growth, development, and success is about taking action, the right action. Goals are talked about but often not carried out effectively. ALL coaches should know how to effectively set goals with their program. All athletes should know how to set fruitful goals. Goals are not just some motivational idea. Goals are a blueprint for your plans, hopes, dreams, and a potent tool for confidence, attitude, and achievement. Everyone talks about “getting an edge.” Writing goals properly is an edge. When it comes down to it, inches and ounces make the difference. Writing goals give you an advantage, direction, feedback, and support.

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The Baddest Ass I Ever Encountered: Staff-Infection. The Greatest Inner-Strength I Ever Encountered: My Mom. – Motivation By Mark Schwab

The reason I wrote about this is many people have asked me to share more stories instead of just learning content, and also many have asked: “Whatever really happened with your knee?” This is a great opportunity to answer both of these requests and also pay homage to the strongest individual I’ve ever known – my mom. The only thing more constant than my pain, anger, resentment, broken-heart, and self-pity was my mom’s presence during my entire infection nightmare, hell, my entire life.

Wrestlers talk about being tough, and a physical workout is one thing but to have continuous inner-strength is another. I believe mothers are in a role where the deepest of inner-strength is required. My mom certainly exemplifies an infinite well of spirit that most never tap into.

My mom has her toughest battle of her life right now with stage-four small-cell lung-cancer in both lungs and spreading. As I think back about the fortitude and backbone my mom has always shown and continues to show in-spite of her illness, I have to shake my head and know I’m truly in the presence of a loving warrior who’s shown what real braveness and moxie looks like.

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