Do it or Die
When I was struggling one day in the Iowa
wrestling room, I started to whine.
One of the coaches came up to me and said,
“I can’t do anything right. I can’t even get a
“Oh yeah,” said the coach. “If I put a gun to
your head, and you either get a takedown or
you die – could you get one then.”
I paused for a moment.
“Uh, yeah,” I said.
“Well, that means you can get a takedown. No
shut up and get back out there.”
I got to my feet and trained harder and with more
concentration than ever before. And I didn’t just
get one takedown that same day, I got several.
I never forgot the lesson. I recall it often whenever
I think, even for a fraction of a second, that “I can’t”
It’s puts the opinion, the limiting belief, to the ultimate
Even so, the test is simply a question – a metaphor.
But imagine that you took a VOW in which you either
accomplished what you set out to do – or you would
take your own life.
Tis not something we would even consider in our
But Sakai Yusai, aka “The japanese Superman” – he
took this type of vow.
He agreed to run 1,000 marathons through the mountains
of Mt. Hiei in Kyoto – in seven years – or take his own life.
He is only one of 46 monks who passed the test in over
Each day he left his quarters dressed in white, the color of
death – as a reminder that today may be his very last day
on earth. Tucked inside his clothing was a knife, a white
handkerchief and a rope (for hanging).
In the event he ever reached a point where he could not
continue, he was to take his own life.
Now let’s talk about Getting Tough. Let’s talk about being
100% committed. Let’s talk about focus.
1000 marathons – done 100 days at a time – without missing
a day – in seven years.
I met Sakai Yusai, whom the Japanese consider a Living Buddha
or saint – last April. He and I hit it off like we’d known each
other for eons. I asked him if he’d like to come to America to
speak at one of my seminars.
He’ll be here in Tampa, in May, and if I were YOU – I’d make sure
to grab one of the seats in the audience.
I assure you hearing this man’s story and meeting him in person
will be a life-changing experience for you. It will go beyond
anything you can currently imagine.
Go to http://gettough.com and register for this event NOW while
there are still seats available.