Why do you wrestle? Why do you stay after practice trying to perfect a move? Why do you get up early in the morning to run while the rest of the world sleeps? Why do you get to bed early on a Friday night when everyone else is up all night? Why do you push yourself beyond exhaustion in practice only to wake up sore and tired the next day and do it over again? These are questions every wrestler should ask himself/herself and know the answer to. Wrestling is too demanding of a sport to not know your “Why”. It requires too much physical and mental effort to simply just do it without having “why” you do it deeply ingrained in your psyche.
When I was in high school my “Why” was that I wanted to be a state champion. It was completely engrained in my brain. Not a day went by that I didn’t think about being a state champion. It is what motivated me to get up early, stay late, and push beyond what I thought I was capable of. I am positive that if I didn’t have that “why” on my mind all of the time, I would not have been able to continually make the sacrifices that I did. I can remember more than I would like to admit times when I did not want to stay after practice, or get up early, or stay in on a Friday night, but my “Why” was a constant reminder that I needed to do what was necessary to be the best in the state.
I think many wrestlers do not reach their true potential because they never answer the question of why they do it in the first place. When things get tough or other things become distracting, there is no “why” to keep them on the right path. This is the beginning of their demise. One missed practice or late night out leads to another and another, and before you know it, an entire season has gone by and you wonder why you haven’t really improved that much.
Find your “Why”, and when you do, think about it so much that it becomes a part of you. Be completely engrossed by it. Let it take hold of you, and mold and shape you into something beyond what you thought you were capable of.