Thursday, December 21, 2017
Thursday Motivation by First-Class Justin Adams
2:37 pm est
As the new year approaches, people start thinking
about what they’d like to do over the course of the next 12 months; they make ‘resolutions.’ Personally,
I’ve never been one for resolutions, but it seems like the most common resolution to make is to go to the gym more/get
in shape. Now, on the surface, this is all well and good, but getting in shape isn’t a resolution, it’s a lifestyle;
and more often than not, it’s a complete lifestyle change.
Such a drastic change may be difficult, but it’s not impossible. However, you must want it. It’s
not enough to just say, “My resolution for  is to go to the gym more and get in shape.” You may realize
that come January 1st, there is almost no time of the day when the gym is empty. However, by January 31st, it flips into almost
the exact opposite. These people are often referred to as “Resolutioners” because they make the resolution to
get healthy, but don’t really want it so they stop going. Instead of making time to go to the gym, they look for reasons
(excuses) not to go. As mentioned earlier, getting healthy isn’t a resolution, it’s a lifestyle; you have to want
it, and you have to want it for you. And if you do, you will make time for it and will be successful.
I know it’s easier said than done, but I am speaking from experience. One
day, I go to the doctor to get a physical/check-up, and get told that I’m getting too heavy and need to lose weight.
I also struggled with other issues such as high cholesterol. I had always been a thin and active kid, but began slowing down
as I grew older. This resulted in my gaining weight, something I believe I was in denial about at the time. I had even started
wearing bigger clothes to hide and weight gain. It wasn’t until I decided I was going to follow through on my dream
to become a professional wrestler that I started losing weight and getting in shape.
Now, I say wanting
to be a wrestler was the reason I began my journey to good health, but the truth is I wasn’t happy with how I looked
or felt and finally just wanted to change it. In life, attitude is everything; so, the better I felt with myself, the more
successful I would be in whatever I choose to peruse. THAT was my reason; I wanted to be happy with myself. You can say you
want to do it for your kids, your significant other, your family, etc. but you have to want it for you. No one can do it for
you, and no one can make you want to do it. It won’t be easy, but in the end, it will be more than worth it!
Friday, December 8, 2017
You Are Who You're With by Southside Slugger Tony Graves
7:09 pm est
I write this with the utmost importance because what I’m about to talk about, has a long
term effect on your overall self-development. In wrestling, what do the Tag Team groups The Rockers, The Four Horseman, Blunt
Force Trauma, and The Street Kings has in common? What they have in common is that each member of the group makes one
another better and they are a positive influence on their self-development. I say that to say this, you are who you hang out
with, whether bad or good. It’s up to you to determine that and adjust accordingly. I’ll use a couple examples
to bring context to point.
Ex. 1: If you decide that you want to go to college or go back to college
to better yourself, who do you hang around. You don’t hang around the people who have nothing going for themselves,
working dead end jobs, who are going nowhere in life. You hang around college campuses to get the feel of a college atmosphere
and more importantly, you hang around people who are already college students because they’re the people who are going
to be most influential in your development. By proxy, you’re in a stage of progressive and influential self-development
because you hang out with college students. Along with people who have your similar self-interest.
2: If you want to work out and trying to live a healthier lifestyle but you hang around people who play video games all day
every day and eat hot wings and drink beer nonstop, then more than likely, you are a hot wing eating beer drinker along with
them. This is regressive for the lifestyle you’re trying to obtain. Unfortunately, you have to ditch those old friends
that are a detriment to your hopeful lifestyle. Fortunately, by proxy you gain new friends who share a same love of wanting
to work out and live healthier lives by going to gyms, parks, etc.
Bottom Line: Is if you
want to be rich, hangout with wealthy people. If you want to work out, hangout with gym rats. If you want to be a coach potato
and play video games, then hangout in a virtual reality world on Xbox Live. Just know though, who you hang out with is going
to be a representation of who you are.