In this weeks edition, I am excited to allow a new guest writer to share their thoughts and experiences with us. Erick Hallett is a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars and has a special message for us regarding fighting demons.
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Fighting demons is a phrase often used to describe overcoming obstacles that stand in the way of our goals and inner peace. It could be as simple as looking at ourselves in the mirror or finding restful sleep. However, this battle is not physical or external; it is an internal struggle we face every day. It starts with you, alone, hitting the snooze button in the morning. Why do we settle for a life of comfort? Is this truly what we deserve?
As athletes, we are taught that change is the only thing constant in life. However, we seek the consistency that sports bring us, the routines and strict regimen that lead to success. Our sports become the one constant in a world of shifting friendships and circumstances. We find solace knowing that at 6am, we will be up and out the door for our workouts. However, this desire for consistency can lead to complacency in other areas of our lives.
When we step onto the field or court, we transform into a different version of ourselves. We become highly critical, analyzing every move and striving for improvement. This meticulous nature benefits our performance. But why don’t we invite this alter ego into our other relationships? Not the same persona, but someone who is prepared to handle any situation that arises. We wouldn’t dream of showing up to a team meeting unprepared, so why should we approach our personal relationships any differently?
You might think that this approach would make us less genuine, but I argue that it does the opposite. A fulfilling social life positively impacts our performance in sports, so why can’t it work the other way around? Let’s apply the same level of dedication and attention to detail to all aspects of our lives. Success comes from preparation meeting opportunity. Prepare for your life, and watch as things start to fall into place according to your plans. Keep fighting. You’ve got this.
Don’t cheat the muse. Stay dangerous.
Erick Hallett II
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