There's nothing quite like individual, combative sports such as Olympic wrestling. We just got back from the 2016 Olympic trials and came up just short of making the Olympic team. It is amazing, and very sad to know that the difference between making the team and missing the team can come down to one slip of the foot. JD was ahead in the first period and with one slip, the tide of the whole match was changed eliminating him from the opportunity of the finals and his Olympic dreams. I'm writing this as most people, even most professional athletes, don't really have a clue to the true amount of dedication it takes for an Olympic medal. The professional athletes I work with have more dedication than most, but even all my NFL guys take vacations, get away with cheat meals, do some things I don't really approve of, and don't always work out at the intensity or frequency I would schedule, however they can still compete in the NFL. You can't get away with these things if your goal is an Olympic medal. That is a whole new level of dedication. It's a small group of people who understand what it is like to train for a singular goal over a 4 year period, with everyday doing multiple workout and training sessions, monitoring every meal, sleep cycles, stress levels, training cycles and appropriate periodization, recovery, injury prevention and necessary healing...the list goes on and the dedication of being singularly focused for such a long period relentlessly--only to have all that be over in less than a 24 hour period. It's hard enough to see Olympic dreams come to an end, but what people don't understand is the complete abruptness. 1,460 days of dedication with a singular focus and having only visions of success, ended in less than 6 minutes. How many people knowing this still believe it is worth it when you are at the crossroads of another 4 years to the next Olympics? It is amazing to see how many athletes I saw at the 2012 Olympic trials back at it again, 4 years later in 2016. The hunger and dedication within, knowing the odds are against you and at such a high cost, is quite simply astonishing. I wish it weren't so, but I know plenty more people who won't come close to this kind of dedication to their marriage, or kids, or friendships and call it quits well before a 4 year time period. So after working with and seeing Olympic athletes determined and resolved, even after facing bitter defeat, only to keep persevering, please take a second thought before you join the ranks of those cold and timid souls who neither know the thrill of victory or pain of defeat because true dedication alludes you or your kids with excuses of not enough time, too much homework, too busy, etc. It is a true saying that people will only achieve to the level that they are willing to sacrifice. It's time to get rid of all the excuses, set your heart upon a goal, then go after it with all your might without giving the consequences of victory or defeat a second thought. In the end, your peace of mind and stillness in your heart will be more dependent on how well you fight through the process rather than the end result. When the time comes, look yourself in the mirror and know without a shadow of a doubt that you gave it your all. Stewarding that is the highest form of gratitude for your life and the miracle of what you've been given.