The English word Emotion, is derived from the Latin word Motus. Motus means to move. Emotions are meant to move us. If you want to move toward becoming elite, excellent, or the ever popular – best version of yourself, you need to tune your mind to pay particular attention to your arousal emotions.

Your primary arousal emotions are negative and positive. The elite use both. Anger, albeit squarely in the negative camp, has fueled many spectacular performances throughout history. Use this as fuel when you lose. Use this as fuel in spurts. Use this when you are dissatisfied with your current state. Use anger to your advantage. Do not let anger, however, use you. Anger, unbridled, will be burn you out and eventually burn you up. Use with caution.

There’s nothing like love to get you up and after whatever is your pursuit. Bathe in love. Love your pursuit. Love the climb. Love the competition. Love the building. Love the practice and the acute pain. Love the smallest of incremental gains. Love your work and love your team. Use all the positive vibes/emotions that follow loves lead. Use these positive emotions for a lifetime.

The elite know the enemy of excellence is found in the passive emotional states. The elite do not allow contentment or sadness stay for long. These emotions tell you to sit and feel good about the progress you’ve made or, worse yet, tell you it’s ok to feel sorry for yourself. Normal humans are far too easily pleased said a very wise C.S. Lewis. Don’t be normal. Your best version is not your norm. Use your emotions. Use your reason. Figure it out. I mean come on man, God gave you both emotion and reason, it makes no sense to not use both!

Today, a few elite grapplers are gonna hear about arousal emotions. I’m gonna stir ‘em up as they head into the most important time of the year – the offseason. Victory is decided well before champions are crowned. Victory is mostly decided when no one sees. What are your emotions telling you, friend? Remember, the normal brain defaults to energy save mode. Don’t be normal. Instead use your arousal emotions and sound reason to keep working toward becoming your best self.

There was a little anger and a whole lotta love in the 3PP this early am. Six men failed for four quarters. And, six men kept getting back up. Six men made each other better by moving in new ways. None of us would have done it with only our reasonable minds. Our emotions fueled our failed attempts and more importantly our desires to keep reaching, stretching, and giving it our best, full effort. The same holds true for you. Use motus. Do not let it use you.

Keep moving, friend. Keep working. Good…

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