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Comeback

Comeback- Kurt Angle Official BlogAre you in a tough spot in your life? Do you feel like you’re in a rut and things don’t seem to be getting better?

The most difficult part of pulling out of a negative situation has everything to do with your attitude. Many of us think negatively. We expect bad things to happen in our lives. We might hope for the best, but we expect the worst. So many times in my life I have tried to get through difficult situations, and when something negative would occur, I would quickly say to myself, “Of course it happens to me. It always does.”

God has an uncanny way of pulling us out of our ruts. He doesn’t just lay his hand on us and say, “Poof! You’re now out of your rut and good things will start to occur in your life”. He deals with each and every one of us differently. Miracles aren’t performed quickly. They can build up each day, slowly but surely, and you need to have patience and a positive frame of mind.

The more positive you are, the more you will start to see good things happen in your life. It’s called “slow progression”. Each day, when you get out of bed to start your journey, tell yourself that positive changes will start now. Stick to the plan of being positive and having patience, and you will look back in 4-6 months and realize how far you have come.

It’s time for a comeback!!! It’s your life. And it’s your story. Your comeback could start right now… if you choose. It’s damn true.

Little By Little

Journey to Success-Kurt Angle Official BlogIs anyone ever 100 percent satisfied with anything they have accomplished? Career? Marriage/Relationships? School/Education? Sports? Diet and exercise?

I’ve always been happy with what I’ve accomplished. But something inside of me always tells me, “You could have done better.” Perfection is not just difficult to achieve, it’s impossible. So why do so many of us try to be perfect? I think most of us want other people to think our lives are perfect, and that we are happy beyond our wildest dreams. I also think that that is not true. For anyone.

It takes a lot of hard work to be successful. When things start to go south (we all face turmoil and failure at some point in our lives), some people rise to the occasion, and some just give up. Whether things are going incredibly well for you, or falling apart right in front of you, it’s very important to try and do a little bit better — make a little more progress. Progress is imperative if you want to eventually live the life you’ve always dreamed of living.

The hardest part about making progress towards a goal is often the beginning. We tend to put things off until tomorrow, things like fitness and diet, or going back to school, or searching for a better job, or even tying the knot with our better half. Procrastination is the enemy. Waiting around and doing nothing is very detrimental. We all have an unknown period of time on the Earth, whether its 30 years or 55 years or 90 years or 100 years. So don’t sit around and wonder when your journey to success will begin. Start now! Try and do better each day, little by little, and those dividends will pay off. Little by little, you will find yourself, in the end, with a big accomplishment! It’s true!!

Recovery

AngleStrong addiction recovery appI’ve been clean and sober for 4 1/2 years. My battle with addiction lasted over a decade. I remember the day that my wife came to me and said “I love you. But I can’t be with you anymore if you continue to pass out every night. It’s sad to see you ruining your life and missing out on our children growing up.”

“I’m sorry, but if you don’t get clean, I’m leaving you,” she told me. “I don’t want your money. I just want to protect my family.”

Wow! I didn’t realize how bad I was. You never do when you’re in the middle of hardcore addiction. But having 4 DUIs in 5 years also showed me there was a horrible pattern. The fact that each DUI charge was reduced to reckless driving or thrown own just gave me an excuse to keep using.

So I decided to go to rehab, and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. In rehab, you have so much structure. After one week of very, very difficult withdrawal symptoms, I was feeling great. The routine was 8 hours of sleep. Wake up. Exercise and yoga. Breakfast (healthy meals). Addiction prevention class. Lunch. Class again. Dinner. Meetings. Music time. Then sleep.

But what happens when you get out? You’re released back into the world where you became addicted. That’s why 95 percent of those in recovery relapse. There’s no structure after rehab, except for AA/NA meetings, which can be difficult if you’re a husband, father, career man, and celebrity, not to mention very private. So then what?

I struggled so many nights with what I could do to help others stay in recovery after rehab. It took me 4 years to come up with a solution. And that’s AngleStrong. AngleStrong is an initiative to assist recovering addicts stay in recovery. Go to the Anglestrong.com website to read about it. I’ve helped to create an app that any recovering addict can follow daily to stay in recovery. It’s easy: Sign up, fill in your profile, answer the questions each day, and go to the chat line to converse with other recovering addicts. It has daily reminders, positive daily messages, a monthly video call with me answering your questions, and it’s GPS enabled so that we can find you if you relapse. The most intriguing part of the app is that if you don’t check in daily, your lifelines (sponsor, family, loved ones) will be notified. This app will hold you accountable and keep you in recovery if you utilize it properly. So if you know anyone who is struggling with addiction, send them to Anglestrong.com. You could be saving their life today. It’s true.

Snowball Effect

Snowball Effect - Kurt Angle Official BlogDid you ever hear the phrase, “You control your own destiny”? In so many ways, it’s true. Even the smallest decisions we make, if they are good ones, will have a positive snowball effect on our lives. Here’s an example. When I was in college, I was completely focused on my wrestling and my education, and I had a roommate who felt the same way. But I started to notice that I would be studying or training at the gym each night, and my roommate would be going to a party. By the end of the year, I had excellent grades and also had an incredible freshman year on my wrestling team. My roommate? He failed out.

Every decision we make on a daily basis will reflect on who we become. Do you want success, or do you just want to be lazy and waste your life on parties and video games? Is that really your priority?

If you’re in a rut at this moment, there is always a way out. Start with your physical health first. Take care of your body, go to the gym, and eat the right foods. This will snowball into making proper choices with the right mindset. Remember, a healthy body creates a healthy mind. Once you start making the right choices from a mental standpoint, your successes will start to snowball and move you toward your goal. Your priorities will change and you will start to see your life turn around. The things you used to think were fun, like partying or hanging out with the wrong people, will not look like fun anymore. You will see your life manifest into what you always wanted to become.

The good news is it’s never too late to change for the better. So start now, and forget about the bad decisions you may have made. Your life is worth a lot more than you think, and each and every one of us is valuable to this world. So become a positive person in society by making better choices. It will snowball into what you have always wanted to become. It’s damn true.

Knowing What is Truly Important

You can rebound from anythingI’ve had quite a ride in my 48 years on this planet. I’ve done some great things, and I’ve done things that I’m not too proud of. But I’ve learned through experience why I’ve had those successes and disappointments.

When I was focused on good things, such as God, family and career goals (working hard to be successful and to make my family proud), it brought out the best in me. But when I became selfish and self-destructive, I did shameful things that ultimately ruined my relationships and my reputation. In those times, I also learned that you can rebound from ANYTHING.

During the times when I was at my best, I was focused on what is important: being a role model. I’ve always wanted to be a role model and to make a difference in this world. When I developed some bad habits, I became self-absorbed and wasn’t thinking about being a role model for anyone.

Most of us go through life knowing that we are going to sometimes succeed and sometimes fail. But I believe that when you focus on what is truly important, you will always make the right decisions, whether you succeed or not. Your purpose is to stay positive and focus on what will make you, and everyone around you, a better person.

So stay focused on the good things. That’s all you can do. But do it!!!! In the end, you will become a role model for somebody. That’s what’s truly important. It’s true!!

Hall of Fame Moment

I honestly had the time of my life at Wrestlemania Week. It was nice to see some old and some new faces. The business has changed quite a bit, but in many ways that’s a good thing. The athletes are healthier and more vigorous.

My induction into the WWE Hall of Fame was my favorite moment. I loved talking about my history and giving advice to the young sports entertainers, not to mention drowning myself in milk, LOL. I’ve always enjoyed making an impression on others and I hope that I accomplished that during the Hall of Fame event.

Why did I want to return to WWE so badly, even if it was just for the HOF moment? It was because of the fans, the WWE Universe. I wanted the chance to stand on the WWE platform and give my sincere “thank yous” to a generation of fans who did so much for me. Whether you loved me or hated me, it was important to me that I was appreciated, and I hope that everyone was feeling that.

The other reason I wanted to return to WWE is so my little ones could see me up on the WWE platform, just once. My oldest child Kyra witnessed it before, but Kody, Giuliana, Sophia and Nikoletta did not. It was important to me that ALL of my 5 children could know who their father was, and what kind of impact he made in the business, even though my youngest, Nikoletta, is only 5 months old. Even though she won’t remember, she was there.

So thank you to all of the fans who I have entertained over the years. Thank you for sharing these moments with me. I had the time of my life. Oh it’s true. It’s damn true!!

 

 

 

 

Success is a Journey

Since I was a kid, I had one dream. To do something great and memorable that would go down in the history books. That doesn’t mean I knew what it was at 5 years old. But I knew it would take a lot of hard work. My dreams were not long term dreams. They were about the ability to take tiny steps toward the ultimate prize. So when I was 6 years old, all I wanted was to win just one wrestling tournament. It took me 9 years to attain that goal. But I never gave up. I knew if I was persistent it would eventually occur.

Once I won that tournament in 9th grade, though, it started a domino effect. My confidence grew more and more. Each year brought more wins and bigger accolades. I also started to have injuries, but I realized that would be part of my journey. Everyone gets injured. So why quit because of a serious injury? Makes no sense to me. But a lot of people DO give up when it happens. Injuries, losses, failures all become a part of you and build your character. It teaches you to NEVER give up.

Whether it’s a serious injury, a tough loss, or something personal, accept it as part of your journey to success. You will have all kinds of obstacles to overcome if you’re looking to do something great and memorable. Ninety-nine percent of people will give up. Be that 1 percent that doesn’t.

So take those baby steps, and don’t ever say, “I quit.” You too will get your Gold. It’s true.

Are we getting lazy?

Do more things- Kurt Angle Official BlogI was on my phone the other day, looking at the sports apps and going online, and I realized just how different things are today. I remember seeing a computer for the first time, when it was installed in my high school in the mid-1980s. It was a pretty exciting time, seeing the changes in technology back then that have brought us to the “everything at your fingertips” era we have now.

Little did we know it would partially contribute to our non-active lifestyles and the obesity problem we have in America today. I can’t totally blame technology. I mean, the fast food companies really promoted the “supersize” concept because they raked in some serious cash. But what about our schools? Do they really teach our kids how to get the most out of their cell phones? Really?? Our cell phones??? Everything is done at the touch of a finger, on a freakin’ cell phone!!!

I recall when growing up as a kid, half the fun of doing research was going to the library with your buddies and “looking up” the info you needed to get the job done. Today? I could do that in 35 seconds, including printing the info out to complete my research/task and hand it in to my teacher.

I also see less children outside playing after school. They’re in front of their phones, computers or TVs. I know I’m beating a dead horse with this, but when will it go back to how it used to be? Probably never. And because of that, this world will continue to be less active and face higher obesity rates than ever before. Until someone comes up with a – drug or pill for it. To me, that would be pure laziness on BOTH sides — the companies that make the drugs and the consumers who use them. The crazy thing is that 95 percent of the diseases we get are preventable with proper diet, exercise, continuously educating the mind, and even spiritual guidance (church is one option).

We are in a death spiral that won’t change until we change ourselves. We can all do a little better. Will we? I have my doubts. So prove me wrong. It’s damn true.

Fun at the Indies

If anyone would have asked me 2 years ago if I would wrestle at independent shows this past year, I would have said absolutely not. BUT I couldn’t resist. The Indy shows I’ve attended had some of the most passionate fans. URShow, which is a live stream company wasn’t an Indy but it may as well have been. It had that Indy feel and it gave me another opportunity to wrestle the Great Rey Mysterio. I Love wrestling Rey. It’s always a challenge.

That URShow match kicked off a slew of matches for me in 2016-17. The other companies I participated with were NEW Wrestling, WCPW and ICW. I love the relaxed feel and improv type structure of Indy shows. They are very easy, but my “Indy tour for 2016-17” continued with some incredible talent and matches. Half were with former WWE talent, with the likes of Cody Rhodes (3 matches with him) and Del Rio, both after Rey Mysterio. But then I wanted to challenge myself with younger, less experienced talent who I believe will have incredible futures. Zack Saber Jr, Joe Hendry and Joe Coffey, all from the U.K., were so much fun to work with, and very challenging for me. Why did I really do it? Honestly? I wanted to show that I could “go” with anyone in the world at my ripe old age of 48. Each match was different, and it enabled me to learn how to adapt to younger, more energetic wrestlers.

What was my record against these guys? Who cares!! 4-4, to be exact, not that impressive. But I never based my career on winning. At least not my pro career. It was about having quality matches with all different styles throughout the world. I learned a lot about wrestling today, and I learned that I can go head-to-head with just about anyone.

Indies are in a “hot phase” right now. Indy fans love and appreciate great talent. They will never be compared to what is the monster, the WWE, but the Indies are quite satisfying. I learned that I am still in my prime and can go with anyone in the world. But can I go night in and night out consistently? No. I would not even attempt it. But I know that I can wrestle at least once or twice a week, and I’m okay with that.

The one thing I have promised myself is to never be a shell of myself. If I can’t have the “Kurt Angle Style Matches” that fans expect from me, I will retire. Until then, I will continue to wrestle. But I will not continue at Indy events. I proved I could do it and I’m ok with that. So what’s next? We will see. That’s all I can say right now. But I want to thank every single fan that came to see me perform. I’m so very grateful. And THAT is true!!!!!