It’s all in your head – Motivation By Mark Schwab

Waiting on pain/inspiration

“It’s all in your head.” It sure is. Remember hearing those words? Usually, it would be a comment made towards someone falling short of potential or “He’s a head case.” As if defective or hopeless – Be careful, if you’ve ever truly competed, then you know we’re all head cases. No one is exempt from struggling and managing their mind. It really is all in your head. Unfortunately, in wrestling/competition, the mind is often the least INTENTIONALLY trained area.

Our minds are tricky and allow us to lay dormant until there’s enough pain. Pain is the greatest motivator on the planet along with inspiration and desire, but can we wait until the pain or desire is great enough? Often the inspiration never hits, desire never comes and the pain that could have been used up front is now used on the backside in regret and we missed by just a little. Insure your gain wherever you can. Your results often hinge on inches and ounces.

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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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Question Your Doubts – Motivation By Mark Schwab

It seems the past few weeks I have talked with several people from many arenas who are struggling with doubts; maybe you currently are, maybe not. Regardless, you have been there and will be there again.

How successful are your current methods of breaking up the gale of doubt? Maybe you give it no thought and just accept the doubts and place everything on hold until the uncertainties pass.

From my experience as a human, I can safely say most people accept the doubts and do little-to-nothing to alter or improve their psychological state. We’re not so much responsible for what comes into our mind. However, we’re responsible for how long we entertain specific thoughts. I understand how frustrating it can be to move out of a defeating mental state into a beneficial condition. Listen, you’re going to be thinking a long time, so why not be the director of your mental form. It takes no more time to work at thinking beneficial than it does to think in defeating habits.

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What Wrestling Can Do For You – Motivation By Mark Schwab

Many of the fundamentals that America is built on, and much of what people, politicians, teachers, parents, and coaches say is valid, wanted, in demand, and employable, are found in wrestling. What wrestling will give, pending on what you give, are ingredients to excel and thrive in any arena.

Wrestling has taught many what they didn’t think possible. Wrestling will take you places emotionally and physically you never knew existed; places not found on any map. You can point others in the direction, but they have to find it themselves. My suggestion is to start packing for the trip. You will need a matchless attitude, toughness, responsibility, open-mindedness, and consistent strive ethic. Make sure to leave your negativism, excuses, and “know it all” behind.

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