Being the Best at Your Worst

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You’re not training to be the best in the world.  You’re training to be the best in the world on your worst day. – Ronda Rousey

As 2013 closed, I thought about the events of the year.  I looked for themes, lessons I needed to learn.  Lessons that would make 2014 better than 2013.

This quote from Rhonda Rousey stood out as a top quote from 2013.  I heard it while watching Season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter.

This quote speaks to three things – dedication, consistency, and training.  As good quotes do, this one forced me to ask some probing questions:

  • Will you have the hard conversations?
  • Will you stick around when relationships get tough?
  • Will you say, ‘No’ to things that pull you away from your mission?
  • Are you the same person when things are going well as you are when things are difficult?
  • What are you doing to train for life?
  • What steps are you taking to be consistent in the best and worst moments of your life?
  • What are you doing to develop your character?

‘After Earth’ wasn’t the greatest movie in the world.  The idea of ‘taking a knee’ to focus and figure out what you need to do next was pretty cool.  It should be, the U.S. Army Rangers have been doing it for decades.  I think a good step for me to develop in my dedication, consistency, and training is to make ‘taking a knee’ a regular habit as the events of 2014 throw themselves at me faster than I’d like.

What was your favorite quote from 2013?

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