There is only one way to wake up at 5:30am without falling back to sleep…well, for me at least. Plug your ancient Ipod into huge speakers, turn the volume up in the other room, and set the alarm to 5:30am. Oh yah, I forgot, the song is Enter Sandman by Metallica. I had nothing short of a life changing experience this weekend at Outside Lands in San Francisco. Metallica, one of my favorite bands since probably my Freshman year of college when my good friend Rhett, one of the biggest Metallica fans in the world, gave me every single one of their songs. At that time, I became a closet metalhead. So when the time came around for me to stand 20 ft from the stage, be involved in a gigantic mosh pit, and thrash my head with tens of thousands of other people…I jumped all over. I left a piece of my soul on the grass on Saturday night, and I will never forget that experience, ever.

So why the song for this post? Well, besides the explanation above, the song holds special value to me for another reason. When I was in college, we had to pick out walkout songs for when we got called in to pitch. I never knew that I wouldn’t throw a pitch in a game for college ball, but had this song picked out. I used to visualize the song coming on, and running to the mound ready. In fact, I visualized so hard that even till today it evokes a little bit of excitement and emotion in me. So as I go into 4 weeks of double day lifting, cardio, and very strict eating, I will need the reminder to always be ready for the day. What a great way to start right?s

I came across an analogy the other day  that struck me incredibly hard. It was pretty short, but so true. It went something like this: Don’t worry about anything going wrong, because we are all firefighters. Don’t expect there to be any seasons without fires in your life. Perfect example, come every June, July, August, September, there are always going to be fires. No matter what you do in the off-season to prevent these…there are going to be some natural fires and some arson. It’s inevitable. So in that case, the best thing you can do is to get your best firefighters out there and go stop those puppies.

What a perfect analogy for life. Sometimes you are going to have things just light on fire, and hell, sometimes you are even going to start those fires yourself. But you have to be a firefighter. You can’t just sit around and watch. Do your best to manage the inevitable flames. This is a good thing by the way…with or without intention. Because those flames burn out all the dead wood and you have lots of new growth. It is like natures forest fire for your mind. Everyone needs this.

Sometimes you have to get a little bit angry. Get mean (not to others). Get nasty. You have to want it bad! Visualize what you want every single day…because you need your dreams during the day just as much as you need them at night. Don’t worry about failing, its part of the process. Keep your nose to the grindstone.


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Evan Sanders