There's a part in the movie Gladiator, where Maximum Meridius is getting ready to fight. He would kneel down and grab a hand full of dirt, squeeze it in in hand and then rub it together with both hands just before he was about to do battle. It's like it would be a calming and prepping action for him. This little movement would do a couple of things: 1) he always did it before he fought, no matter where he was so it was his pre-fight routine, 2) it put him right in the present by zeroing everything into that moment of picking up the dirt and fighting. Everything else outside of that battle would fade away. 3) Lastly, it put all of his focus on himself, his abilities, and what he needed to do, regardless of where he was or what the circumstances were. We can do this same type of thing. Not that we will be needing to pick up a sword or anything or that we need to pick up dirt to get ready, but we do need to be able to not worry about all the things around and just focus exactly on what we need to do. You know the skills and abilities you have. You know how to succeed. But sometimes we include the location of where we are or other outside variables as part of the success story. Are one of those people that has to have the EXACT same spot in the gym and if you're in another place it just doesn't "feel" right? Or are you are one of our graduates that have been killing it here in SLO but you will be going away to wherever, and thinking it will be hard and scary because it's not the place you are used to or comfortable with? For these and any situation in between, all the other outside variable do not have to affect you, what you can, or will be able to do. You just need to find a way to center yourself, be present when you need to perform, and concentrate on the things YOU do. If you can succeed here, then you can succeed anywhere. So no matter where you go, or what "new arena" you have to perform in, pick up your hand full of dirt, rub it between your hands, then go to battle! Be your own Maximus Meridius anywhere!! :)
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