Know Thyself

The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses.

Behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road.

Long before I dance under those lights.

Theory is not mastery. Repetition is.

If its systematic you can improve it, over and over again.

Muscle memory, miling, the neural connections go from forming a little string, to turning it into a cable wire.

But what I’ve learned is you don’t control everything in life.

You don’t control what you look like, or how to keep your heart beating, your lungs breathing, and your body from degenerating.

You don’t control who comes into your life and you certainty don’t control all of the lessons that the universe has in store for you.

So you can’t possibly account for how everything will work out, but you know your destiny.

You know what you want and you know why you want it on the deepest level.

And thoughts you can control.

Thoughts contain matter. Thoughts influence actions.

So the self talk is not hubris, or false pride, but its affirmation.

Its an understanding who you really are.

Who else is going to tell you, you are the greatest?

But you always carry your humility with you.

And you carry the same will to act when you are winning or even when you feel like you are dying.

That’s the mind of a psychological warrior.

But at some point the purpose is in a different intensity.

Letting go can be just as beautiful.

The legacy cannot be complete without it.

Everything that has a beginning has an end.

To appreciate life and all its glory, it must come full circle.

But here’s the distinction:

You are gone but never dead. You are away but never forgotten.

The message leaves an imprint forever.

How you lived; be true to yourself and to truth itself.

Its polarizing yet unifying.

Its tough yet gentle.

Bold yet humble.

And now the world needs a new champion.

Not only in the ring, but outside of it.

Who is going to step up and follow what had to be done?

Who is going to perpetuate the legacy?

An authentic life is a full life.

Know thyself and greatness will be yours.

— But if you even dream of beating me, you’d better wake up and apologize. —


Be Phenomenal: By MotivationGrid; Featuring Eric Thomas, Les Brown, and Ray Lewis


I got a simple, simple, simple question for you. Here’s the question: do you believe that one day you’re not going to live in the world that was given to you-that’s right-but you are going to actually live in the world that you dream of? You got to make every single second count. You got to go in the future and see it baby. And then you got to come back in the present and you got to take that big goal, that big dream, that big reality-that’s what I said-you got to take that big reality, and we got to take small steps to make it manageable to make your dreams become a reality. Think big, dream big, but start small. That’s right, start small. Remember what I told you; start where you are, with what you have, because what you have is plenty.

The biggest enemy you have to deal with is yourself. There is an old African proverb that says, ‘If there is no enemy within, the enemy outside can do us no harm.’

You don’t have to personally be perfect, are you hearing me? There are those of you right now, you should’ve cut a cd, you should’ve wrote a book, you should’ve got in school and got that degree, you should’ve started your own business… There are so many things you should have done, you should have done! But you didn’t do it because you’re scared. You say, ‘Scared of what E? I aint scared.’ You are scared, you are scared, you’re scared of failure. You’re scared to make a mistake. You’re scared that you’re not perfect. And I’m telling you today, you aint got to be perfect-are you hearing what I’m saying-you don’t have to be perfect to get what you want, to do what you want, to have what you want, to be what you want. You don’t have to be perfect, it’s a lie! There will never be a point in your life where it’s the right time to do a great thing. If you’re waiting for that perfect, perfect moment, that perfect timing, it’s not going to happen. You know what you have to do? You have to create the perfect time, and the perfect opportunity, and the perfect situation.

A lot of people become comfortable; they stop growing, they stop wanting anything, they become satisfied. People getting ready to go to jobs that they don’t like, jobs that make them sick… You see, when you are not pursuing your goal you are literally committing spiritual suicide. When you have some goal out here that you’re stretching for and reaching for that takes you out of your comfort zone, you’ll find out some talents and abilities you have that you didn’t know you had. When the messenger of misery visits you, what are you going to do? What will keep you in the game?

There are things that you think you will never need to know, that you may only need to know one time in your life, but that could save your life because you had that knowledge.

Unless you attempt to do something beyond that which you’ve already mastered you will never grow. What is it that you looked at, at some point in time and you decided that you couldn’t do it, that you talked yourself out of it?

If you’re waiting on your next door neighbor to make it happen for you, it may not happen. If you’re waiting on your mother or your father, they may be so ancient in their thinking that they don’t understand this opportunity that you have. And if you’re waiting on them it may never get done. You don’t beg average people to be phenomenal, you don’t beg good people to be phenomenal, you just are phenomenal and you will attract phenomenal.

What reason can you remember that you can call on, that can reach on, that can make you get back up? Find that reason.

If you’re not where you want to be, if you don’t have what you want to have, if you’re not where you think you should be at this particular place, it has nothing to do with the system but it has everything to do with the fact that you’re not making the sacrifice. I want you to make that dream become a reality because if you don’t you will be working for someone else to make their dreams become a reality.

The question is, what are you going to do with your time? What drives you? Now greatness is a lot of small things done well. Day after day, work out after work out, obedience after obedience. Day after day.

When things don’t work out for you, when things happen that you could not anticipate, what are the reasons that you can think of that can keep you strong?

You will never ever be successful until you turn your pain into greatness. Until you allow your pain to push you from where you are, to push you to where you need to be. Stop running from your pain and embrace your pain. Your pain is going to be a part of your prize, a part of your product – I challenge you to push yourself.

See it is easy to be on the bottom, it doesn’t take any effort to be a loser. It doesn’t take any motivation or any drive in order to stay down there at a low level. But it calls on everything in you; you have to harness your will to say, ‘I am going to challenge myself.’

I mean that what you did last week don’t count. Today, today is the only important day. There are eighty-six thousand four-hundred seconds in a day, and how you use those are critical. You got eighty-six thousand four hundred today, and what you do today is going to cement who you are. Nobody is going to talk about what you did last week. You have this opportunity of a lifetime, it means absolutely nothing if you don’t take advantage of it in the lifetime of this opportunity.

I’ve got a saying, that when life knocks you down try to land on your back because if you can look up, you can get up! If you want a thing bad enough to go out and fight for it, to work day and night for it, to give your time, your peace, and your sleep for it, if all that you dream and scheme is about it, and life seems useless and worthless without it… See it’s time now, if you want to make this your decade you’ve got to start saying yes to your life. You’ve got to start saying yes to your dreams, yes to your unfolding future, yes to your potential; as opposed to saying no.

When you die, die on E. Leave no dream left behind guys. Leave no opportunity left behind. When you leave this earth, accomplish every single thing you can accomplish. Listen to me, you’re going to be here one day but you’ll never get here if you give up, if you give in, if you quit. And finally guys, you got to want to succeed as bad as you want to breath.




Eric Thomas

Les Brown

Ray Lewis

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