Definition of Dedication and Sacrifice
According to Foclóir.com, dedicated can be defined as “fully committed to something, for an ideal, political or personal reason.” Commitment, loyalty, devotion, loyalty are synonymous with diligence.
Being committed means giving total commitment to something. That is to say, it means to be focused on a particular idea, ideal, purpose or aim. For example, one may be cast on the ideal of a democratic society. Alternatively, one could be dedicated to philanthropy and fundraising.
Sacrifice often goes hand in hand with diligence.
The Free Dictionary Sacrifice is defined as “forfeiture of something of high value for the benefit of a person deemed to be of greater value.”
“What you are willing to sacrifice is directly proportional to your desire to succeed.” – Dan Gable
During my junior year of high school, my teammates voted me the Most Dedicated Wrestler. That competitive season was really broken for me. I was able to win the conference title but finished second. I won divisions and preferred to win districts but lost my first round game after leading 3-0 going into the final period. I won the next game in overtime. I still had a chance in a wrestle-back game to qualify for the state. But, I lost. In fact, I lost to the winner I met in the divisional finals a week earlier. I was sad, angry and humiliated.
So why did my teammates vote for me as the most enthusiastic? I guess I don’t know for sure. I always controlled my weight well and my coach didn’t have to worry about me gaining weight. I have never lost practice for as long as I can remember. I gave up the luxury of eating whatever I wanted. I sacrificed time that could be spent with friends and girlfriends. I guess they recognized my commitment to the warfare.
Successful athletes and others from many careers have devoted themselves to something they considered important. Athletes, actors, singers, artists and writers often have to be dedicated to their craft and make sacrifices before they can reach the top of success.
Dedication and Sacrifice Wrestling
Even the six-time World and Olympic Champion John Smith occasionally missed rare losses. He lost in the NCAA finals in his sophomore year at Oklahoma State. The loss, of course, angered Smith.
According to TP Grant in an article entitled Gods of War: John Smith“Determined to be the best, Smith dedicated himself entirely to the sport and pushed away anything that was not directly related to success on the mats. Friends, relationships and vacations were all put first and foremost. Smith strives to achieve single goal: never lose again. “
In a 1992 interview with the Los Angeles Times Smith spoke of commitment saying, “I promise that no other competitor does. There are probably a few competitors out there who think they make a promise. But I really promise.”
Smith goes on to say, “Anything that goes in my way, I put an end to it. I don’t have too many close friends. I don’t have too many close relationships. I can just put them away where I want to go , what I want to do. I really focus on myself. I really figure out and find a way I can win, how I can beat everyone. I will do everything it takes. “
I’m sure you know that Dan Gable is an incredibly successful American competitor and coach. His commitment to the sport is well known and much has been written about it.
Gable says, “There were clear goals – State Champion, NCAA Champion, Olympic Champion. To achieve it I had to set a daily goal that was to push myself to exhaustion or, in other words, to work as well. hard in practice that someone would have to take me off the mat. “
In an ESPN SportsCentury documentary Gable says, “Eventually, in my senior year in college I really took off steam and looked at my clock when I got home. It was like 3:00 am and I had a current practice on line at 7:00 and I didn’t feel good about that current practice. I was tired all day. That confirmed in my mind that I wasn’t going to work and had to give something.
After a brilliant high school and college career, Gable won a gold medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany without conceding a single point.
Mark Ironside is another contestant you may have heard of. He was a two-time state champion and a two-time NCAA champion. But Ironside did not become a champion without dedication and sacrifices.
According to the article Mark Ironside – Lifetime, “Marcus, the glory of lonely hours is soon to be a painful and incredible sacrifice. For him, eating junk food, playing video games, or hanging out aimlessly with friends was not the focal point of every day. The 3 : 00 pm two-hour exercise session frightens most high school immigrants Mark focused hard on every minute of warming up, drilling and hard work.He revealed in the physical and mental challenge, and after finishing it would stay he always continued to drill after the rest of the show or even at home. “
When it seemed like the cast was about to be cut from the Olympics, comedian and actor Jay Mohr shared a few ideas. Here is some of what he had to say, “You try to get your fifteen year old son to clean his room. You try to do that. Now I want you to find that same child and tell him he can only eat chicken breeds and spinach, and once in a while gorge himself on some fruit, and get up when it’s dark outside and run five miles before at school, and then when he is at school, he will stay in school and go to a war room and grind it. It’s a great sport. It is the purest sport. It is the sport of solitude, solitude. It’s a monastic life, a wrestler’s life.
Other Examples of Dedication and Sacrifice
The wrestlers, of course, are not the individuals who are familiar with commitment and sacrifices.
Mary Lou Retton was the first American woman to win a gold medal in gymnastics and did so in 1984. In an interview Mary Lou was asked about her training schedule during that period and replied, “Well, it was hard to Two years before the Olympics, our daily schedule was 7:00 to 11:00 in the gym every morning.We would shower in the gym, go to school for a few hours and then back in the room fitness from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm every day. So it was eight hours a day. It was work. “
“You give up your youth. You miss proms and high school games and events, and people say it’s awful … I say it was a good trade. You miss something but I think I won more than which I lost. ” – Mary Lou Retton
Most of you have heard of Arnold Schwarzenegger, a bodybuilding champion and seven – year – old movie star of Olympia. You may not be aware that Arnold served for a period of time in the Austrian Army on compulsory service. Because of his commitment to bodybuilding, Arnold spent seven days in a military prison in 1965 for obtaining AWOL from the Austrian Army to enter a bodybuilding event known as the Junior Mr. competition. Europe.
Later Arnold would come to America to pursue his dreams. For a time he was roommate with another bodybuilder and friend Franco Columbu. According to Franco, their grocery bills were huge. Columbu recalls, “Joe Weider paid us $ 80 a week each. We went to the market, and three days later all the money was gone. We worked with construction to make extra money. “
“Bodybuilding is like any other sport. To be successful, you have to dedicate 100% to your training, diet and mental approach.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
Robbie Lawler was involved in the mixed martial arts and the UFC before he became well known. He was dedicated to the sport nonetheless.
“I started really young, that obviously helps. I’ve always had faith in myself and the ability to always do the things I believe,” Lawler told FOX Sports. “Just being able to grind, day in and day out. You have to be a different kind of person not only to do the workouts, but not to make money for months at a time. Live on someone ‘s couch if you need to before the sport was so big. You have a different attitude. “
If you want to learn about commitment and sacrifice perhaps you should read about the soldiers who spent the winter at Valley Forge during the American Revolution.
Daniel P. Murphy writes, “Washington’s army suffered through the winter of 1777-78, but they did.”
He says, “The army had to find some kind of shelter. Washington prioritized the construction of hollow huts. The last of these was not completed until after Christmas. Draft, smoky, and often floorless, they offered poor shelter from the elements.Many men could not leave their huts as they had no clothes.The scarcity of food and water added to the misery.The staple of their diet was a scarce fire cake, made of flour and paste water boiled on hot stones. “
We all know that soldiers have made many sacrifices for their countries.
So am I saying you should give up friends, family and other interests? Am I saying that you should expect great hardship if you want to be the best? It is not necessary. But if you want to be the best referee you can be then you need to think about your priorities and what you really need.
John Smith and Dan Gable eventually married and had children. They did not wait until they could prioritize them in their lives. And, many people with close relationships including girls and marriages are still champions. It’s about balance and priorities. So I’m not saying you have to sacrifice everything for the sake of warfare.
For some, wrestling is not an enjoyable and challenging extra-curricular activity and that’s fine. For others it is much more. As I write this article, summer is fast approaching. What will your summer be like? Will you forget all the warfare in the summer? It’s up to you. How committed are you to temptation? What are you willing to sacrifice?