See it Through

Posted: November 28, 2011 in Uncategorized
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While waiting for my flight Wednesday to Ohio to see family, I came across the following poem in, of all things, a luxury car ad in USA Today.  By Edgar Guest, it epitomizes rather nicely the attitude we prize on the wrestling team.  So I pass it on to you:

When you’re up against a trouble,

Meet it squarely, face to face;

Lift your chin and set your shoulders,

Plant your feet and take a brace.

When it’s vain to try to dodge it,

Do the best that you can do;

You may fail, but you may conquer,

See it through!

Black may be the clouds about you

And your future may seem grim,

But don’t let your nerve desert you;

Keep yourself in fighting trim.

If the worst is bound to happen,

Spite of all that you can do,

Running from it will not save you,

See it through!

Even hope may seem but futile,

When with troubles you’re beset,

But remember you are facing

Just what other men have met.

You may fail, but fall still fighting;

Don’t give up, whate’er you do;

Eyes front, head high to the finish.

See it through!

Wrestlers, parents, fans, burning this attitude into our heads is priority #1 for this program.  Teaching a better double leg will not bring success to our program; being able to maturely handle adversity and having the mental toughness to stare a huge challenge in the face like it’s no big deal will.  That, in fact, is the sine qua non of our sport.

I think I’ll give this poem to those who contemplate quitting.  This is what men do: they see it through.

This is why we do all that conditioning in our program.  Sure, it’s to get in better shape, but it’s more about what’s between the ears than the size of your biceps.  Get this, folks.  It is what confidence is all about (seriously, click on the link and listen to Rutgers coach Scott Goodale elaborate on this).  The same mindset is captured quite well in this commercial:

This is wrestling, folks.  What separates the champs from the chumps in this sport is that the champs have the willingness to go through any sort of pain and sacrifice to get their hand raised.

In this sport (and in life), you’ll meet “the suck” daily.  Do you have what it takes to set your face, steel  your nerves, and see it through?

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