When Hurricane Sandy destroyed the Rockaways in 2012, she left me and my family homeless and drowned our gym under 6 feet of water. But I will never forget the moment, while the storm was rolling through, and we were on higher grounds watching the devastation on TV.

We were at my mother’s house, on the other side of town but safe from any ocean surge.

As I watched on the news channel wading through 4 feet of water directly in front of my gym I turned to my wife and said, “we are going to back up on our feet bigger and better than before”.

That was one of my many “uprisings” in my life.

Not the kind where you resist a dictator or regime, but the kind where you grasp control of your mind and decide that you will fight for what you believe.

The kind where you fight the negative thoughts in your head, “just my luck”, “why me?”, “someone up there hates me” or “we lost everything”.

The uprising started in my head.

I wasn’t going to have a “victim” mentality. I revolted against that mindset.

I took my experiences of early childhood, where I faced countless failures and challenges.

I took my experiences as a Muay Thai fighter for over 20 years, the injuries, the disappointments and the lessons learned.

I took my spirit, my heart and decided on the “victor” mentality.

It wasn’t easy, we still work our asses off to keep rising. But we never quit and we are still here on the Rock BIGGER and BETTER than before!!

I challenge you…

Just IMAGINE one concrete thought of what you see for yourself in the future.

BELIEVE that it’s going to take hard work and a “never say die” attitude.

Go out and FIGHT for it every day with all your might!

START AN UPRISING IN YOUR MIND TODAY!

All It Takes Is Heart-

CROM