She does whatever it takes (honorably) to ensure that she wins at her tournaments:
She goes to her training classes several times a week
She trains hard
She eats right
She and her husband continue to "talk shop" about the latest jiu jitsu techniques
She educates herself about the current competitions
She enters the competitions and prepares well in advance for the events
During the competition she disciplines herself to think and react according to training, not emotion
She competes with passion and perseverance
If she wins, she learns from the experience; if she loses, she learns from the experience.
I talked to her the other day and we discussed how valuable each of the above elements are to her jiu jitsu endeavors. We also marvelled at how they're a perfect analogy for other things in life that we average, every-day people would like to achieve.
We pretty much have to do what Kiri does:
We have to identify our goal
We have to want to achieve our goal. . . passionately
We need to work at it, not just wish at it!
We need to analyze how to improve
We then implement the improvement
We continue to educate ourselves
We put ourselves out there when it's the right time
We learn from our successes and our mistakes
AND DON'T GIVE UP!
Can you think of ways this might relate to your current goals. Id' love to hear about it!
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." (Heb. 12:1)