Unceasing change turns the wheel of life, and so reality is shown in all its many forms. Dwell peacefully as change itself liberates all suffering sentient beings and brings them great joy. (Buddhist proverb)
People do not like change. Well, babies with wet diapers do, but most of us tend to not like it very much. Routine provides a sense of comfort, and people’s role in their family, group, organization and community are important in that they are usually constant and consistent.
However, change and transition are not always to be feared.
We are all able to change while keeping a positive, flexible attitude.
Imagine a boulder blocking the flow of water: this image is a rigid mentality. Instead, we need to be curious about change, we need to understand how it is possible to continue to navigate in spite of any obstacles, rather than be discouraged by them.
Here are some challenging changes an athlete may experience:
- Being cut from the team.
- Experiencing a sudden coaching change.
- Suffering a serious injury.
- Being forced to withdraw from competition for whatever reason.
Faced with adversity, people are often overwhelmed by shame and guilt, and they stop caring for themselves. Sometimes they have a lot of inward anger and adopt self-destructive behavior, such as abusing drugs or alcohol.
When you are overwhelmed by a disruptive change, you need to get up right away.
A champion faces any challenge proactively, and instead of trying to avoid it he embraces it. Remember that the more you avoid a challenge, the more you will continue to avoid it.
Maximize a positive attitude by doing the right things.
Finally, always take care of the fundamentals, because these do not change.
To become a champion, you are always required to go for the gold, to give your best in all areas of your life, and never put in a half-hearted effort. The key is to implement daily routines and exercises aimed at achieving your ultimate goal.
Knowing this, ask: am I pursuing my dreams or am I living the day? I'm fighting for the