Attitude really is everything. In this video I talk about what I believe makes the difference between a successful attitude and an unsuccessful one.

In my experience with fighters, athletes, and general clients, I see a wide range of approaches in dealing with tough situations. And this approach/attitude can vary from day-to-day, even for the same individual. Gaining a consistent grip on this, and a self-awareness, makes a massive difference to your whole outlook, not just your Muay Thai performance.


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“Regardless of how good you think you are at covering up your excuses, everyone notices. You’re only really fooling yourself. You’re getting in your OWN way.”

You hear it all the time, that a fighter got lucky. They were just in the right place at the right time.

But it’s just like golfing legend Gary Player famously said, “The more I practice the luckier I get.”

And it’s true not only with short-term stuff, in the immediate moment, but also the long-term stuff too. I mean, how many times was the same person been in the right place at the wrong time, or wrong place at the right time? They got there through perseverance.

Whatever happens to you, own it. You live by the sword, you die by the sword. Take responsibility.

So whatever is happening to you, the buck stops with you. You chose to be there. If you don’t like it, change it.

“But, I don’t have the same opportunities they have.” – You haven’t created those opportunities.

Stop waiting for things to come to you, and make the changes yourself. If you really want something to happen, do it. Or accept that you really don’t want it enough and stop winging.

Be prepared to make small step changes that move you closer to where you want to be, and further from where you don’t want to be. It won’t happen overnight. But, stay the course. Most people want things quickly, but it really is easy-come, easy-go.

Everything is habit. The way you behave in training and fighting, it’s the way you behave in life.

Be honest with yourself first. Are you making excuses?
…Yes you are. We all do. But are you aware you’re doing it?

And regardless of how good you think you are at covering up your excuses, everyone notices. You’re only really fooling yourself. You’re getting in your OWN way.

You’ll cock things up. You’ll bite off more than you can chew. You’ll under estimate situations and people. And you’ll trust people you shouldn’t have done, and doubt people who you should have trusted. But don’t waste time trying to cover it up. It happened. Deal with it. You NEED to take risks to move forwards!

You’ll change your mind as you learn more. That’s good! You’ll learn… and you’ll always be learning.

And above all, take responsibility.

It’s simple, but it’s not easy.

Don Heatrick

Founder of Heatrick Strength and Conditioning

Don Heatrick is a family man from the UK, former mechanical design engineer, European Muay Thai silver medallist, former pro Thai boxer (ranked 4th in UK while aged 40-years), a Muay Thai coach, podcast host, and the go-to expert on Muay Thai performance training with over 25 years of coaching experience.

Don helps ambitious fighters and coaches take their game to the next level by bridging the gap between Strength & Conditioning, Performance Science, and Muay Thai.

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