In honor of the Kindle edition of Wrestling with Your Destiny being published today I am going to post the Preface of the book. If you enjoy reading it and own a Kindle you can download the whole book almost instantly by clicking the link at the bottom of the page. If you prefer to wait for a paper copy, do not fear, that will be available for order very shortly. I hope you enjoy Wrestling with Your Destiny and I hope that it accomplishes its goal of helping wrestlers reach theirs. Please let me know what you think.
Preface of Wrestling with Your Destiny:
This is why you have worked so hard for the past ten years. That was the only thought in my head as I made the walk from the holding area, towards the mat for my championship final. My opponent was shadowing my every move in the opposite corner. Once we stripped off our warm-ups, I heard echoing through the U.S. Cellular Center, “Now wrestling for the 141 pound national title, Michael Bonora, Rhode Island and Jason Adams, Augsburg.”
The adrenaline running through my body fueled a nervous excitement, electrifying me even more than the buzz of the packed arena. I was the top seed, undefeated in Division III, wrestling for a school from the smallest state in the nation. My gold singlet shone brightly with the words “Rhode Island College” plastered in maroon across the front.
My opponent was an unseeded sophomore on a run with the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler written all over it. If he bested me, the award was sure to be his. The only thing not surprising about his dash to the finals was the powerhouse team he wrestled for. Our paths to the national finals were completely different, but our roads converged on March 8, 2008.
I would be lying if I said my dream was always to be a national champion. Nevertheless, there I was, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with a referee about to signal the start of the final match of my college wrestling career. Seven minutes separated me from my destiny. Then I heard the whistle, my mind went blank and a calm came over me, just as it had hundreds of times before. I was at home for the last time….
I wrote this book because as a young wrestler, I could have used a book like this; to hear from someone who had been through an entire academic wrestling career and could share what he had learned. Throughout my career I often sought out sayings to express how I felt and people to whom I could relate. I always wondered if I was doing everything possible to perform to the best of my ability. Was I thinking the right thoughts, drilling the correct way, lifting the most important muscles? On these pages, I hope I can show you what worked for me and at the very least point you in the right direction.
As you read the following pages remember that this was my journey. The journey an athlete embarks on is an individual one, long and filled with many surprises. The main thing to understand is the uncertainty. Ride the storm out and see where it takes you.
I hope there is something you want from wrestling or athletics in general. If you are unsure, take a moment to think about it. What I set for my own goal is not going to be the same as the goal you set for yourself. Regardless of whether your ambition exceeds mine or not, you can find your own way to be happy with the wrestling chapter of your life. Despite how your last match ends, or even when it occurs, one of the best goals you can set for yourself would be to leave the sport with your head up.
The principles of wrestling can be applied to all aspects of your life to give you that extra edge you need for success. In wrestling and life, a slight advantage can be the difference between achieving your dream or realizing you have to live with your failures.
WRESTLING WITH YOUR DESTINY- KINDLE EDITION: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0051741H0