Resolutions are Mayhem…

Posted: December 23, 2011 in Marketing, PR, Social Media, UFC

I’ve been trying to think of a great end of year post and to be honest, I’ve thought myself into writer’s block.  This has been a great year for me professionally, and a great year for me as an MMA fan.  Rather than continue to write and delete, write and delete I’m going to blatantly close the year with someone else’s blog post.

Jason “Mayhem” Miller has posted one of the best post-fight blogs I’ve read in a while. He owns his mistakes and looks to the future, no excuses.  I hope this can motivate you all to think in a similar fashion.

My best to you all.  May 2012 bring you everything 2011 could not.

December 20, 2011

As someone who goes to my website, you are well aware that I lost my recent fight. I am very disappointed about it, but have used the past couple weeks to reflect on everything and have come to some conclusions.

Dana White was right. He made some disparaging comments about my performance, and I agree with him. I displayed the worst of everything that night in the octagon. I was tense in round one and I locked up after that. I didn’t perform to my potential, and I take full responsibility for it. That wasn’t a UFC caliber performance, and I’m not happy about it- I won’t, however, write a worthless diatribe on myself, because that is not constructive. I elect instead to take this misstep and make something positive out of it.

We are all the custodians of our own destinies, and we must all try to do the absolute best with what we have to work with- sometimes you will have great successes and other times colossal failure, but if you don’t try time and time again, you will be left on your couch with nothing but a bucket of “What-ifs.” You have no choice in this life but to push forward and try to do the best you can.

My challenge to you, and myself, is to continue to press on and make the most of your adventure here on earth. At the end of your life you want to be sure that you’ve made your best effort to make a collection of epic stories. Some sorrowful ones, some happy ones and some downright amazing, but the challenge for you is to find and make the most of each of these adventures.

I made a lot of mistakes in this story- during the camp, during the fight- but the key to living life is learning from your mistakes and making positive change. I feel very positive right now, and I hope you feel the same way, I would be absolutely nothing without persistence and positive thinking, and if there is anything i want you to take from my blog it is that mentality. I will continue on this amazing journey, looking to make the most epic stories that I can.

Currently I’m in Holland, working on my kickboxing with Siyar Badaharzada (@siyarthekiller) and one of the greatest MMA trainers in the world, Martijn De Jong (@martijndej) as well as teaching here in Europe.

I can’t tell you how much it means to me that you support me through good times and bad- but I can say that I will put every bit of effort I can muster to succeed in every area of my life, and I hope you’ll be right there to watch.

  1. I wish you all the best in 2011 as well buddy!

    I love that Mayhem took ownership over his failings and stayed positive rather than overly critical. He fits Roosevelt’s “man in the arena” mold and his honest reflection of his performance makes me an even bigger fan. Well done Mayhem – I’ll be hoping you make a big splash in 2012. If Forest can run out of the ring after a loss like a demon is chasing him to avoid addressing what went wrong and still be beloved by fans, well I think we can give Mayhem a chance to redeem his poor performance.

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