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					                                   Certain Victory

Pilsung (certain victory) is a phrase used by many Taekwondo fighters to express
their expectations when competing. However, victory requires more than making a
statement, it takes commitment. Just because you win, it does not mean you are
victorious. Victory is much more than winning. To help insure victory, practice the
following:

Train


       Train your body. Use weight training, plyometrics, aerobic activities, proper
        diet, and sufficient rest to keep you body in top condition. Stay drug free.

       Train your mind. Keep learning new things, tackle new challenges, develop
        discipline and self-control, and learn to concentrate on the task at hand. Stay
        drug free.

       Control your emotions. Do not let your fear, anxiety, and uncertainty control
        your thoughts. Channel your thoughts into the 3 C's of Conviction, Courage,
        and Confidence.

       Maintain your spirit. Be empowered by your religious beliefs.
       Find the "zone". When you are "on" and the "zone," learn to recognize the
        status your mental, physical, and emotional states and your spiritual energy
        at that moment so you may duplicate them when the need arises.

Prepare


       Maintain balance in your life. Do not let any one thing, such as Taekwondo,
        take control of your life.

       Maintain a solid support structure. Keep family and friends around you who
        care about you as a person, not your abilities.

       Visualize. At various times during the day, visualize yourself competing. Live
        the entire experience—the sights, the smells, the sounds, the feel, all of it,
        from beginning to end, from the time you wake up on the morning of
        competition, to the point where you raise your hands in victory.

Manage your life


       Set long term goals. Always be working toward something. Once you reach a
        goal, cherish the moment, then set another goal.

       Do not dwell on the past. Any mistake or bad decision is in the past, so do
        not dwell on it, learn from it and move on.

       Live for the moment. Delight and compete in the moment. Savor and enjoy
        the moment, it is what you have worked so hard for. Do not let l osing get in
        the way of enjoying the experience.

Eliminate hindrances
      Lose weight, if needed. Lose the extra pounds of fat that hinder your
       movements, require extra energy, and put unnecessary stress and strain on
       your joints.
      Eliminate negative thoughts. If you think you may fail, then you are harboring
       that possibility. Except failure when it occurs and deal with it, but do not let
       negative thoughts cloud your mind.

Be friends with your competition


      Hate slows. Desire the best for your friends, and have them desire the best
       for you. You will improve each other's abilities to levels you never would have
       reached otherwise. When you compete with a friend, you are relaxed and
       much quicker in your thoughts and movements. What would be better than
       always finishing #1 and #2 with your best friend? When you lose to a friend,
       you are disappointed in yourself, but happy for your friend.

Recognize difference between winning and victory


      Winning is temporary, victory is eternal.

      Live a legacy. Pass down your experience and knowledge to someone else,
       and it will return to you many times over.

Balance ego and humility


       Find the best balance between ego and humility for you and your competition
       goals.

				
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