I recently heard Joe Rogan say that everything he does he really enjoys but sometimes he has to force himself to do it regularly. That resonated with me, because I’ve often had to try to explain this concept, and it sounds like a contradiction when I try to explain it. For me, “fun” is something that happens while I’m struggling to overcome a challenge.
This especially applies to training. I often don’t feel like going in to train, but I’ve learned that even though it doesn’t sound like fun right now, it will end up being fun once I get on the mat. Or if I’m really dragging, I still know that the benefit of building the habit of coming in to drill and train far outweighs the costs of struggling through a gloomy training session.
Also, positive attitude is definitely contagious. It helps me to see people like Sam Oropeza on the mat always smiling, joking around, and still working harder than anyone else. By the way, he has a fight coming up on April 4th, 2013 in Bellator.