WEST VIRGINIA MAT THOUGHTS
by Dr. Bill Welker
... on Being a True Champion
Amidst an everchanging society, there are some things that are unchanging. I, for one, like consistency in life. And nothing is more constant than the attributes needed to truly succeed in any lifetime endeavor--whether it be schoolwork, athletic competition, raising a family, or making a living.
As wrestlers aspiring to become champions of the mats, you would be wise to consider the following message for developing into true champions, not just winners.
THE TRUE CHAMPION
Of course, the above behaviors are very hard ones to follow, but I guess that is why there are very few "true champions" in this world.
- T raining--Give your "all" and finish what you start.
- R esponsibility--Accept the consequences (good or bad) of your actions.
- U ndauntedness--Let nothing stop you from reaching your "goals".
- E xcuses--Allow no place in your life for making excuses.
- C ompassion--Care for the feelings of others.
- H umility--Accept success with graciousness.
- A ttitude--Think "positive" thoughts, especially when times are tough.
- M aturity--Don't permit negative "emotions" to control your life.
- P ride--Accept failure with dignity.
- I ntegrity--Be honest with others and yourself.
- O bedience--Learn to follow if you plan to lead.
- N uture--Feed your talents, knowing that you can never stop learning.
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Updated November 11, 1997