If there’s one thing a decade of cage fighting has taught me, it’s that you’ve got to roll with the punches.
Life rewards consistency over intensity and showing up is half the battle. Even when you’re battered, bruised, and maybe feeling a bit embarrassed, it’s always better to show up in long run.
Style is very much the same. To grow and improve is to step outside of your comfort zone and take risks. You’re gonna flop a few times.
That’s true whether you’re trying to become a fighter, get in shape, lose weight, or dress better. COUNTLESS men “give it a shot,” but when they going gets tough, a lot of guys don’t see it through.
That’s not a knock: we all have a ton going on and have to prioritize. In any of those endeavors, it is HARD to do it on your own. Thats the value of a personal trainer, MMA instructor, or in this case a style coach!
Nothing worth doing is easy, but with proper guidance, you get so much more for your effort. It’s a guarantee that if you keep showing up, you WILL get there!
Most people who don’t know me from the world of cage fighting are a bit shocked when I randomly show up looking more battered than a fish stick...
“Omg are you okay? Why do you do that stuff? Doesn’t it hurt?”
Sure, but what doesn’t? Every man who is driven will find something he loves enough to push through the pain.
Whether that’s pulling 14 hour shifts to excel at his career, depriving himself of sweets and alcohol to get into shape, or getting punched in the face to build mental fortitude... there’s always a price to pay to get what’s worth having!
The trick is finding what you want enough and love enough to go through the ringer for. Because when we don’t have that earnest passion for it, we won’t be able to keep coming back for another licking...
But when the passion is there, we’re happy to take the bumps and bruises to get where we want to be. (Proverbial or otherwise.)
For me, it’s fashion and fisticuffs. How about you? What do you love enough to let it consume you?
If you can answer that question, you are blessed by the gift of clarity. You know what to do: keep showing up. It’s simple, not easy — but again, nothing worth doing is easy. Keep doing it.