The other morning, I woke up, got my glass of water to start the day and turned on the TV to watch some TiVo'd fights to kill time until breakfast (30 min after my water). I felt good, nothing on me really aching, aside from a tender neck I've been nursing for about 3 weeks, and I was full of energy. During this time I began thinking about how my summer was gonna be while I get ready for a fight..... Not much family time (when I do have it I'd be tired from training and working), limited work schedule (leaving customers waiting weeks to get a project finished, turning down new clients) and a very tight schedule to tiptoe thru daily with no time for tardiness in any area (being punctual is NOT one of my strongpoints)...... Combine these with the fact that my training schedule and situation lately hasn't allowed me to grow or get better as an MMA fighter technically and I asked myself, "What the fuck are you doing taking another fight right now?" I am fresh off of an injury that sidelined me for a bit and I shouldn't be spending a camp getting in shape for a fight. I should already be in shape to start camp. Which I am far from right now.
By the time I finished breakfast, I decided to make the right decision if I plan to fight seriously, and pay the proper attention to the other areas of my world. I texted the matchmaker and withdrew from the upcoming Rebel Fighter card. This way, I give my wife and kids a summer that I'm more involved in than the previous two summers that I fought through, and I get to catch up on my clientele and avoid feeling overwhelmed by my workload, and I get to work on increasing my skillset with no pressure of an upcoming fight.
I have alot of positive things going my way and opportunities opening. I need to know/learn when to sit back, evaluate things and move forward with a plan as opposed to blindly. In the past, I've been so gung-ho that I'm headfirst through/to everything. Hindsight has shown me that isn't always the smartest approach. It's okay to use my brains more than my balls....
I'm a realist, and if I plan to fight seriously, I have some physical defeciencies to address for my weight class, as well as weaker points to strengthen for my fight game. Which in the end is all points as I am a less than 4 year veteran (?) of any of the disciplines I currently train in. This is the time that I will sit back to assess and address all that and just work on getting bigger, better, faster, stronger....
I have lofty goals that I want to achieve, and not much time to do it in. But when it is all said and done, I'll have met those goals and made each of you proud in the process