It starts when your favourite team – dual meaning – gets knocked out in the first round of the playoffs – the killer instinct excuse. “They don’t have the killer instinct” is one of the top 26 recycled, regurgitated sports cliches used by fans, media, coaches, and players when they don’t have an answer why The Favourite – dual meaning – gets killed in the playoffs.
Here’s Real Life&Death Lesson #26,031 that I’ve taught football players, college law enforcement students, women’s lifting teams for 45 years – Fight like you train, train like you fight. There is no such thing as Killer Instinct in sports. What they’re taking about is something else – Will to Work & Work to Will.
Work is a word that’s conveniently avoided just like work itself. Work is one to the top 51 most-butchered words in the English language. So is the word #will.
“Work for it.”
“Will to win.”
“Who wants it more.”
All of the above are empty words. More recycled, regurgitated cliches that fill up time and space when it’s too hard to find the real cause. There’s a reason for the emptiness of those words. Work is an abstract concept open to wide-ranging interpretations to make teams and coaches feel better about not having worked their asses off during training. “We worked hard” is only a subjective opinion. What matters is the Objective Test – GameDay. What happens on GameDay determines who actually worked hard during training – practice after practice, workout after workout, set after set, rep after rep.
Instead of calling it Will to Work & Work to Will, they call it Killer Instinct because any reference to the word and concept of work sounds like hell, looks like hell, feels like hell. The bullshit of Killer Instinct in sports is the manifestation of wishful thinking, hoping your favourite team suddenly will call out the mysterious Killer Instinct in Game 7, hoping The Favourite will magically outwork their training. They won’t. It’s humanly impossible to outwork your training. You play at the level you trained for. You fight like you trained. It’s part of the Law of Proportion – fight like you train, train like you fight.
Teams don’t choke in the playoffs. They choked during training. When teams choke in the playoffs, they are manifesting their soft training. Playoff-chokers revealed the mismatch in mind-body-soul work investment between them and those who knocked them out. Fight less during training, fight less on Gameday. Playoff upsets are not actually upsets. They are predictable outcomes. Train soft, play soft. You lose the fight that the opponent trained harder for. Good news. There’s a solution to getting killed in the playoffs – change how you fight during training, change the outcome. Guaranteed.
I wrote 3 books during the past month – #CrimeFight part1, 2, 3. I wrote about the real Killer Instinct that can kill you on the CrimeFight Frontline. The real Killer Instinct is the killer intention of offenders who intended to kill Loved Ones and Hated Ones. #CrimeFight part1, 2, 3 are true stories that give the reader a unique look inside a world that can kill you, a world that you have to train for in mind-body-soul like your life depends on it, if you want to live it and live through it.
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