"To persist steadfastly in pursuit of an undertaking, task, journey or mission in spite of distraction, difficulty, obstacles or discouragement."
Today is My favourite day of the week. The working week is over and it's time to relax and enjoy the weekend. The stress of work and worries of day to day life dissolve.
It's Saturday. Its Match day. It's our day. The hockey league starts all over again.
I woke up this morning feeling something I have not felt in a long time. I felt fresh, I felt no stress, I felt nothing can hold me back. I have worked so hard this week. I've put the time in the gym. I've sweat on the Tarmac. I've bled on the astro. But this all counts for nothing unless I keep working hard. I have to keep pushing myself to the limit.
I was in the kitchen this morning at 9 am making my breakfast and preparing my after match food, when a thought came to me.
Is my time now???? Hmmmmm honestly I am no way complete or perfect in respect to where I want to be fitness wise. But, I have come such a long way in such a short space of time. I mean Jesus I am making chicken stir fry salad to eat after a hockey game. I smile to myself and give my self a mental self 5 of appreciation. Well done to me.
I am excited. I am happy, I am Confident. Confident in the fact that I now stand at left half without a fear in the world. I feel fit. I feel mentally at the top of my game.
My goals today. Tackle well, be positive getting forward and To not let my winger do anything.
The game starts.
The first 5 minutes were a little bit of a shock to me. There was a sense of fatigue in my legs. I wasn't worried I was not going to focus on negatives. Why focus on something I can't control? Work harder, put it in. Reap the benefits.
First half was strange. We never really got a foot hold in the game. The opposition pressured us really well. They were in our faces. Hard into tackles. We didn't seem fazed though. We kept on going. Kept on working hard. We played our game. We scored 2 vital goals against the run of play.
Second half was one of the strangest halves of hockey I have ever played. They came at us, but didn't do anything? We stepped up into 5th gear and for the first time this season really put a team to the sword. We dominated the game. We dominated possession. We worked hard off the ball! We scored 4 more really good team goals.
Result. 0-6 win.
To analyse my game today I would say I am happy. I worked hard tracking back and marking tight to my winger( who did pretty much nothing). I ran back to defend every short corner I got a goal line clearance. I shadowed the attackers and made some good interceptions.
Today was good. But this is just the beginning . I can be better. I will be better. I have to focus on improving my sprint training. I need to focus on being box to box. However These are goals for the future.
To reach my end goals I will learn to push distractions aside. I will strive to focus on overcoming any setback or obstacle in my way. I will work harder then anyone. I will analyse difficulties and learn how to solve them. i will be great. i will be immense. I will persevere.
I will leave you tonight with something inspirational.
"It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul. "
Now to bed and rest!
No pain no gain!