Winning doesn’t come easy. It takes a lot of work, effort, and sweat – especially if you want to become successful in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. You’ll have to train hard for weeks on end.
Don’t just take our word for it. Rafael Lovato Jr. knows what it takes… But he also knows that, if you put it all on the line, it’ll make you smile in the end:
The adrenaline, the crowd, the glory of victory… The sadness of defeat. You get to really live life, the emotions that you feel when you put it [all] on the line.
You train hard for weeks and months on end. And you dream about something, you really believe that it’s going to happen – and you go out there not knowing if it is or not [going to work out].
You just put it on the line and you let it go; and you’re in that moment where it’s really pure.
Whenever he’s competing, Lovato tries to enjoy the moments as much as he can. And you can, too, because these are some of the best moments of your life:
When I’m out there, I try to be as much in the moment as I possibly can and it really is an amazing feeling. Win or lose, I’m having the best time of my life.
You either have tears of joy or you have tears of defeat. Either way, you are living life to the extreme, and the tears of joy with the times that I’ve experienced that… They’re so powerful to me that I can put myself back in that moment. And feel that same feeling at any time.
If you train hard and if you believe in yourself, explains Lovato, you’ll see yourself achieving things that once seemed impossible:
When I won the Worlds in 2007, accomplishing a life-long dream, that is something I will never forget for the rest of my life. And that, really, is what you live for.
It’s that moment; that moment when something that you dreamed about and you worked so hard for, it came true. You earned it and you believed in yourself, and made it happen.
Those moments, they are just glorious. And those are the things that stick with you for the rest of your life. That you’ll never forget and you can be proud of forever.
That’s really what I’m competing for. I’m really addicted to that and I’m never going to stop trying to feel and going for that. It’s just really amazing when it all comes together.
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