The one key and essential ingredient that is required to succeed in wrestling is self discipline. We talk often at practice about doing everything right. Training intensely, eating correctly, getting enough sleep, focusing on what you need to improve, are all things you can do to excel but they require self discipline. Often you have to sacrifice pleasures for things that really matter in life. A great example of self-discipline is getting in an extra practice or lift when all you want to do is lie on the couch and watch TV. Saying no to foods you enjoy and eating nutritiously all the time when you are trying to make weight will help you to perform better but it requires self discipline.

The reality is that you don’t have to work hard but if you don’t do it, you will have to suffer the consequences. Why? Because the things that are worth having in life, the things that have real value, are often the things that require time, effort and hard work. You can develop your self-discipline by analyzing yourself and determining your goals, dreams and ambitions. Remember that discipline means that you have to do what is best for you, regardless of how you feel. Be aware of what you are doing and what you are not doing. In other words, be aware of your undisciplined behavior and stop it before it happens. Self-discipline is not an easy task and requires a lot of courage. It is easy to stay focused when things are easy. It’s when things get tough and aren’t going your way; these are the times when you need to focus. Your discipline will help you stay focused on what matters during those moments. What you choose to focus on when things get tough will determine everything. In today’s society that is made up of largely undisciplined and lazy people, having strong self discipline will give you an enormous advantage in life.

When you practice self-discipline you feel like you are in control of your life. You feel content and motivated because you’re moving toward your goals
Brian Tracy is one of America’s leading authors on the development of human potential. He said this… “If I had to pick the #1 key to success, it would be…self-discipline. It is the difference in winning or losing; between greatness and mediocrity.”

Kop Kopmeyer is recognized as an expert in the field of success and achievement. He has published hundreds of articles and papers and he authored four large books, each of which contained 250 success principles that he had derived from more than fifty years of research and study.

Someone asked him, “Of all the one thousand success principles that you have discovered, which do you think is the most important?”

Without hesitating he replied, ‘Do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not. There are 999 other success principles that I have found in my reading and experience, but without self-discipline, none of them work.”

Darkhorse Wrestling Staff