How Mike Tyson became one of the greatest boxers (and how you can become the best version of yourself)
HA! I gotta laugh using Mike Tyson for blog post fodder but with boxing being talked about left and right because of tomorrow’s big fight, I wanted to share a story of his I really like. As crazy as he is, he’s also a pretty thoughtful guy.
His then trainer Cus D’Amato, says to him, “Listen you have the chance to change your life, your family’s life, you can be very special. Don’t you want to be champion? You can be champion of the world”.
I didn’t pay no attention.
He said, “Really, you could be champion of the world. You could devastate the world. No man can take what you did, you got to believe it”.
I looked at this guy and then I started thinking, I said, this guy is really crazy, that’s what I said, this guy is really crazy. [Funny how Mike Tyson thought he was crazy!]
“You do what I tell you to do, and if it doesn’t work then, then you can leave”.
So I said OK.
I did everything he told me to do and I won, I won every championship. From the amateur championship, all the championships, so I won every championship because he told me what to do. And I started believing in this old man.
I stopped being a little thief. I use to go back to New York and rob people and come back upstate and hide out.
The day I stopped doing all that I changed my whole life. I said I’m gonna stick to this boxing sh*t.
I turned my whole life over to boxing. I turned into a complete animal, I turned into a disciplinarian.”
My words now…
I love how he says the day I stopped… Because, ultimately change happens in an instant. We commit (that’s the hardest part) and then we fight like hell for the rest of our life to back our decision – unless, of course, it’s not a worthwhile one.
There aren’t really degrees of commitment.
As soon as we consider giving up on anything, we’re looking for reasons to support that decision. If we truly commit to something we only look for reasons to stick with it.
We all know pursuing our health and fitness goals is certainly worth the commitment. Or to borrow from Mike Tyson — we all know sticking to this health and fitness sh*t is worthwhile.
That day Mike Tyson decided he was going to be the best in the world. That he’d do whatever it took to be the best. That’s he’d employ an army of people to support him. That he’d be the baddest man on the planet.
What would happen if you decided right now that you’re not going to eat any indulgent food this weekend? Or the rest of the day?
What would happen if you decided right now that you’re going to exercise today and this weekend, no matter what it is?
What would happen to your psyche if you decided on something right now that would benefit you?
And the best part? The best part is that when we do things that benefit us, we feel a lot better too.
We feel like the…
Champion of the world! 🙂
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