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  • Writer's pictureRamel Mitchell M.Ed.

The Journey Isn't Always Comfortable

Been in a little bit of a slump lately. Things that don’t usually get to me have been bothering me. Things I usually let slide have been hard to let go. Frustration building. I’m not a complainer. Never have been and won’t start now. I’m writing this as a thank you to those who have recently inspired me from a distance, and a message to The Movement I.T.P.A. athletes to recognize their mind-state towards the commitment of excellence.

Thank you to Kimani Smith. I listened to the song, The Blast, 7x in a row. Thinking about the message and how it pertains to my mental-state, "I do it for my sunshine, no curse words or gun lines, change the world off of 1 rhyme”, "You have the recipe but you ain’t using it right”, "Music to motivate. A culture to cultivate”. I have a challenge in front of me, with God given abilities and a responsibility to pay it forward. No way can I stay down, I have to get up and continue to work, and not let the negativity vegetate, breed and grow in my mental-state.

Thank you to Kenny "Jojo" Smith for sharing the message his mom gave him that “Every day is a gift” on the Get Fixed Podacast. Tomorrow is not promised and today is a gift. That's why it's called the present (Bil Keane). The journey isn’t always easy. It isn’t always fun or glorious, but you have a choice to put in the work every single day. You have to choose. You have to continue to grind when you aren’t comfortable and even when you are, you have to choose NOT to settle.

Thank you to Glenn Campbell Jr. and the FIX Sports Academy team for an amazing podcast (Get Fixed the Podcast with Fix Sports), inspirational words, teaching and inspiring the next generation. Life is a grind. Peter McWilliams said "Be willing to be uncomfortable. Be comfortable being uncomfortable. It may get tough, but it's a small price to pay for living a dream". Kentucky Men's Basketball Coach Calipari said of his players and how he coaches them “their job is to learn to be comfortable, meaning uncomfortable. We have to set up situations where they’re feeling pain, whether it be conditioning or anything else we do, taking them to limits, because it’s the only way they learn about themselves… we’re just going to continue to raise the bar... this is where we’re coaching you, that is not acceptable down here”

I say that to say although I’m currently uncomfortable, these are waters I’m comfortable swimming in. Nothing new. I’ll take it on the chin and keep standing tall. Will continue climbing the ladder. The words I use to teach are the actions I live by as well. The Movement I.T.P.A. keep grinding as my grind won’t stop either.

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