There is an idea in sports: You either complete to win, or you compete NOT to lose. Even though they initially seem like the same thing, there is a very distinct and important difference between the two. One is Offensive and the other is Defensive. I remember having a match in college that was against a nationally rank kid. I was young and this kid was a stud. He was big and strong. He was a senior. He should crush me. The match starts and we are battling it out. I take him down, and I'm able to ride him for a long time. In college, if you have over a minute of riding-time over your opponent then you get an extra point. Somewhere in the match, he gets a reversal and the score is 2-2 with me having the 1 point of riding time. In the third period, we are on our feet and he comes after me. We are clashing heads and he is shooting on me. I'm able to block him off. I start to notice the clock and realize I have just a minute left and if I can hold on I'll beat him. I start to move more but its to stay away or to block him out. I take a shot on his leg and just hold on. The ref stops us and brings us back up. Again, I shoot and hold on, not to score but to conserve my win. The whole match I was fighting to win. All of a sudden I'm doing everything NOT to lose. I'm not trying to advance. I'm trying to keep anything bad from happening. I'm wrestling NOT to lose. He continues to fight. His experience is able to pick me apart. He gets a takedown with 15 seconds left in the match. He wins. I lose. This idea of holding on so you don't lose happens to so many people. We see successes but then we are terrified of losing whatever we have and how hard it was to get there. We stop before the finish line and hope that we still will win even though we haven't crossed the finish line. Doesn't matter what you are doing, you can't stop until you finish it. And you MUST Offensively and Aggressively go after it. Don't let yourself be afraid of losing or not achieving it. Those thoughts are defensive and don't advance you forward. Don't hold on to the status quo. Drive and Strive for the win because if you stop fighting then there is no way to win or achieve :)
FEEL THE BURN!!!
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