Here’s a story which should make everyone who shows up – whether it be for a training session, a fight, a competition, a day at the office or whatever – feel like a champion.
MMA fans will be familiar with the infamous Nick Diaz. Talented and controversial, Nick and his brother Nate Diaz’ disrespectful behaviour inside the octagon and their unprofessional antics outside of it have made them high-profile entertainment cash-cows for the UFC.
Following a recent suspension after testing positive for marijuana metabolites, Nick Diaz signed up for a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu “super fight” against BJJ black belt and World Champion Braulio Estima.
This was an exciting development for BJJ. Fans were paying $10 to watch the fights online. It seemed for a moment that Diaz was going to put a positive spin on the controversy which gets him so much attention, by using his talent and media profile to generate publicity and income-opportunities for BJJ and even to donate his purse to charity.
Along with many other people, I was disappointed, but not completely surprised, when he didn’t show up for the fight and literally left Estima waiting on the mats.
The only public explanation he has offered has been a status update, posted from his mobile phone, on the Diaz Brothers Facebook Page: “Promoter fails to donate the money to charity as agreed. (shady) Promoter changes rules for weigh ins to accommodate fellow Brazilian. Match ain’t happening.”
I’m sharing this for all the people who are too hard on themselves, for all the people who walk away from training sessions unhappy because they don’t feel that they performed well, to the people whose goals take them longer to achieve than first thought, to the people who don’t experience instant success in the ring, on the mats, in their fitness goals, in business or in life: ninety per cent of success really is just showing up!
Showing up to your training session, to work, to a fight, to whatever it is you need to do in order to call yourself successful, isn’t something everyone does. For every person who shows up, there are many more at home with their excuses, and every time you show up it puts you one more step in front of everyone else. The world is full of talented failures. It’s hard work and consistency that makes a champion, no matter what you’re aiming for.
So no matter what your results have been so far, no matter what area of life we’re talking about, if you’re the kind of person who SHOWS UP for life, you should be proud of yourself and I applaud you!