I have been thinking and writing about commitment quite a
bit. Nothing weird going on, I am already married and have a kid. I got over my
commitment issues, 39 years later J I have been thinking
about commitments that lead to success.
I just read an interesting article that pointed out the
mindset of Yamashita. Yamashita was the greatest Judo Champ ever; 9 world
titles in a row. In an interview he said that before a bout he would take a
bath and make sure his house was in order. This was not some neat freak. He was
doing this so if he died in competition his body would be presentable and his
house would not be offensive to those that would have to take care of his property
The above is a true champion’s commitment to competition.
Yamashita was prepared to die in pursuit of victory. I would argue that he was
battling perfection more then his opponent. He was not willing to die instead
of lose. He was willing to die in his process. He was willing to die then
dishonor himself or his sport.
How far are you willing to go in pursuit of your dreams and
goals? Are you willing to give everything up in your pursuit or do you have the
ability to accept less? Is it better to die fighting for your dreams then live
with the knowledge that you quit on yourself, because you never quit on anyone
else? Quitting is always a solitary choice.
What do you care about more then life itself? That is what
you should be pursuing. The rest is a waste of time, your time.