Congrats to Randy “Lewboo” Lewis on his Northern Plains Regional Tourney Performance!

May 18, 2009

The Wise Grappler wants to give a BIG shout-out to Randy “Lewboo” Lewis for an excellent performance yesterday at the Northern Plains Regionals. Here’s the  summary of Lewboo’s performance and his first match.

Way to represent the OGs, Lewboo!

Exclusive Interview with Randy “Lewboo” Lewis

May 16, 2009

The Wise Grappler Exclusive Interview: 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist & Wrestling Legend Randy “Lewboo” Lewis Is Ready For A Comeback To Top Competition At 49 Years Old is NOW available on the Wise Grappler Website Interviews page

Wow, Check Out This Article!

May 14, 2009

Check out this article about Iowa Hawkeye and 1984 Olympics Freestyle Wrestling Gold Medalist, Randy “Lewboo” Lewis’ return back to competition at the age of 49 (OG) at the Northern Plains Regional Tournament this weekend (May 16, 2009) in Waterloo, IA.

Lewboo will be competing against some guys this weekend that weren’t even born when he was in the Olympics and he’s pumped up and excited to meet the challenge!

Getting Back on the Mat While Still Young.

If you need a lesson on motivation and mental toughness for the mat and beyond the mat, this article it WILL do the trick!

In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I called Lewboo and asked him to for an interview before the tourney on Saturday.

We finished it about two hours ago and I’ll be sending the link out to the OG Nation tomorrow thru my Facebook Fan Page.  Join the Fan Page now at  The Wise Grappler Fan Page.

Dedicated to improving your mat experience!

Paul Greenhill (aka The Wise Grappler)

P.S. If you’re NOT a member of my Facebook Fan Page, go now and join at The Wise Grappler Fan Page so that you can get access to this audio interview tomorrow.  I’m telling you, it’s really good! 😉

Are You Too Scared to Even Try to Be Successful in Life?

May 10, 2009

Have you ever had someone present you with a great idea or opportunity that was just perfect for you? An idea filled with such potential that you could imagine the life-changing impact this idea could make in your life and in the lives of those around you?

And when the time came for you to make a decision about that opportunity that would’ve change your life as you know it today, were you so afraid of failing that you did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, allowing that great opportunity to slip away… forever?

I’m certain that we ALL have experienced that at one point in our lives. And if you haven’t experienced that feeling yet, just keep on living and at some point… you will!

The mental and emotional rush we experience from a great opportunity is always exciting when first presented to us, but after the euphoria wears off and our negative thoughts start working on us, the fear of taking the kind of risk that would force us out of our comfort zone kicks in at full speed.

We subconsciously start looking for reasons to explain why the great opportunity isn’t so great after all and start looking for cracks and holes in the great idea. And everyone knows if you look for flaws in anything long enough (no matter how good it is), you’ll eventually find it!

So, when the time comes to make a decision, you decide to pass it up. You feel pretty good that you didn’t get screwed over by getting involved in such a bad idea…until you hear about someone else that did take the opportunity and how it paid off for them. Then you ask yourself why good things like that never happen to you!

I do know that scenario personally. In fact, it’s part of the The Wise Grappler Story. The idea to become a coach (which eventually morphed into The Wise Grappler) was conceived and presented to me a few years ago by my coach, Lloyd Irvin.

When I first heard it, I thought it was a great idea. But just like all the steps I laid out in the previous paragraphs, I went through all of them until I came to the conclusion that it was a bad idea. I didn’t see it as a good opportunity for me, didn’t think anyone would listen to me, and I did nothing with the idea for at least a year.

Then one day, Lloyd sent me an email and asked me a simple question:

“Are you too scared to even try?”

It was as if his arms had reached out of my computer monitor and grabbed me by the throat. He was right; I was so afraid of failing that I wouldn’t even try to succeed! And the more that I thought about it, the more disappointed I was with me.

And once I got shamed into the fact that I was acting like a punk, I realized that it was a good idea and that I could do it. Once again, the confident feelings were crushed by the same fear as before, but even stronger than the first time.

But I believed in myself and my ability to succeed.

And when the time came for me to make that decision a second time, I was still afraid…but I did it and took all that fear with me!

And the rest is history.

What about you? What great opportunities are crying out for your attention that you’ve been too scared to even try? The fear of failing may never go away, so you might as well take it with you on your success journey.