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Whatever It Takes



Warming up for my matches at Masters Worlds. I always used to skip before my standup matches. That has never left me. I still skip to warmup. What song am I listening to? Keep reading to find out

The lyrics of the below song are very powerful for me. I’ve had people ask me what will I do to win a world championship. My answer is ‘whatever it takes’.


Because I believe in being comfortable with being uncomfortable.


Being comfortable in life is a very dangerous thing because it means I am not moving forward and growing, not being challenged. The comfort zone is comfortable but that’s all it is. Just comfortable. There are no challenges to overcome, no successes to enjoy, no benefits being earned.


What’s uncomfortable for me? Writing this blog and opening up my thoughts instead of sitting of watching netflix. I was getting too comfortable and that had to change.


Training once a day wasn’t going to bring me to the level.I was getting comfortable. Now on the mats twice a day is the norm.


Why do I do this. Because the pure victories that are earned through the struggles are so damn worth it. Winning my division in Masters Worlds and reaching the gold medal match in the open was one of the hardest things I have ever done. Not because of the tournament itself (that was hard, don’t misunderstand) but also because of the training. The ten seconds when my hand was raised made the months of hard work worth it.


This applies to anyones life on any scale I think. And it doesn’t have to be their whole life. In fact it can’t be. I do have my quiet time to recharge and reset. That is necessary. But it is also necessary to choose an area of life where it is time to grow. My opinion in the best investment of time and energy? Food and fitness. Taking care of our bodies because it affects absolutely every single thing in our lives (including the longevity which is a scary thought)

It’s uncomfortable to train hard.

It’s uncomfortable to eat healthy.

It’s uncomfortable to not drink when I want one.

It’s even uncomfortable to go to Jiu-Jitsu or Muay Thai when we know the training will be hard


You know what's not uncomfortable?

Walking off those mats with a sense of pride and accomplishment

Feeling good about my body and myself.

Being proud of my strength and technique in my fitness level

Having energy through the whole day.

You know what feels good? The confidence with all of this.


Why do I keep myself so damn uncomfortable?

I think of comfort zone as the chains that hold me back.

Because I love the adrenaline in my veins that comes with the successes, the excitement, the victories.

As humans I really believe we are not meant to be static (that’s why I believe depression is common when people don’t work, don’t eat healthy, and do nothing for training), we were meant to move, to accomplish, to grow, to inspire. If we are not doing that we are not moving forward. Maybe even moving backwards.


So when people ask me ‘What will I do to win a World Championship?’ And I answer ‘Whatever it takes’. I’m not kidding.


The questions is for you is.


Are you going to allow yourself to become comfortable, or are you going to do whatever it takes to reach that next level?


Check out the chorus below which is very powerful for me, I also included the verses.

It is mandatory this song is played a little bit too loud.


Whatever It Takes

Imagine Dragons

Chorus

Whatever it takes

'Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins

I do whatever it takes

'Cause I love how it feels when I break the chains

Whatever it takes

You take me to the top I'm ready for

Whatever it takes

'Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins

I do what it takes





Verse 1

Falling too fast to prepare for this

Tripping in the world could be dangerous

Everybody circling, it's vulturous

Negative, nepotist

Everybody waiting for the fall of man

Everybody praying for the end of times

Everybody hoping they could be the one

I was born to run, I was born for this


Verse 2

Always had a fear of being typical

Looking at my body feeling miserable

Always hanging on to the visual

I wanna be invisible

Looking at my years like a martyrdom

Everybody needs to be a part of 'em

Never be enough, I'm the prodigal son

I was born to run, I was born for this


Verse 3

Hypocritical, egotistical

Don't wanna be the parenthetical, hypothetical

Working onto something that I'm proud of, out of the box

An epoxy to the world and the vision we've lost

I'm an apostrophe

I'm just a symbol to remind you that there's more to see

I'm just a product of the system, a catastrophe

And yet a masterpiece, and yet I'm half-diseased

And when I am deceased

At least I go down to the grave and die happily

Leave the body and my soul to be a part of thee

I do what it takes

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