The slightly longer answer is, "Sometimes."
Saying "no" might seem hypocritical when my last post was all about how wanting to badly enough is key to winning.
My point is, though, you have to want to every day, not just at that moment of competition. In fact, the two feed into each other in a virtuous circle.
If you really, really, want to win, no matter how much you hate getting up in the morning, no matter how much you hate sprints, you will get up at 5 a.m. and run sprints up hill every day. Not only will you be in better shape than your opponent, but in the middle of that match, you will subconsciously be thinking,
Bitch, you are NOT going to beat me. Do you realize I got up at 5 a.m. and ran sprints up hill every god damn day for the last three months to train for this? Oh, no you are NOT beating me!I was sitting next to one of my teammates on a flight to Europe once and asked her how her training had been going. She explained that she had to work, go to school, had some injuries, so that she had not been doing a lot of physical training but she had been doing lots of mental conditioning.
So what you are saying is that you haven't really been doing judo but you've just thought about working out a lot?
She gave me a dirty look and responded,
Well, it sounds kind of stupid when you put it that way.
Guess which one of us won the tournament.
If you really want to win, you will be training. Someone who wants to win really badly isn't going to win against someone else who wants to win just as badly and trained more. You might ask if they wanted to win just as badly why did they train less? I'll pretend you asked that, anyway. The reason might be that the person to lost is just younger, newer to the sport, they had fewer years or months to train. So, other things being equal (the Latin for this is ceteris paribus, abbreviated as c.p. - when you get that question right on your SATs , you'll thank me), c.p., you will win if you are the one who wants to the most.
Wanting it more than the other person can make up some distance in technique, tactics or physical conditioning, but it cannot substitute for it completely.
I remember one of my brothers trying to put off cleaning his room asking my mom about some of the Psalms in the Bible that say good things come to those who wait on the Lord. Without missing a beat, Mom turned on him and said,
Good things come to those who wait on the Lord. Better things come to those who work like hell while they're waiting. Get up there and get to work!
------------- Allen Wrench says you should buy Winning on the Ground
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