Did you ever just want to just give up on something or just wish you had never started it? Through the thick and the thin, I have stuck it out. It is always dedication that gives me that extra push in order to succeed. Dedication is when you absolutely love something, doing whatever it takes to keep pursuing your goal. Dedication is having the passion for the certain thing. Dedication is not just being good at something, it is being great. In order to be good at something, you have to be dedicated to it.
Dedication leads you to success. Without the dedication to something, you will never succeed. Dedication is staying after ten more minutes just to take fifty more shots and sprawls. It is trying the impossible, just so you can be the best. When you are dedicated, you don’t care about the parties, or going out with your friends; you will stay at the wrestling on a Saturday night just to practice your form. My life has always consisted of sports.
Some people would argue that I am dedicated, while others would say I am lazy. In my opinion, I am dedicated. I will wake up on a Saturday morning and go sunning a couple of miles in a sauna suit just to lose a few pounds. I will stay after school just to work on form. No matter what obstacles I go through, I try my hardest whenever I am given the opportunity. I will fight to be the best wrestler I can be. This is what dedication is about. Wrestling is not only a sport, it’s a lifestyle.
Most wrestlers want to do what is known as “cutting weight”, which is when you go on a ridiculous diet to lose up to 20 pounds in a couple of days. I once knew a wrestler who had to maintain a unhealthy weight of 106 when his natural weight was 130. He now has been a state qualifier battling through the aches and pains to get where he is now. Another person who knows the true meaning of dedication is Kelly Slater which is an 11 time world champion including 5 consecutive titles.
He showed his dedication when he was the youngest and oldest to ever win a world title. He showed it by sticking to the sport to earn that world title even though his body was slowly telling him not to. He also showed his dedication at a younger age. When he was in high school, he would go surfing everyday after school and sometimes even before school. Every athlete should know the true meaning of dedication. Just imagine, somebody, somewhere right now is working through the aches and pains to get where they want to be.