The True Meaning of G.U.T.S.

by 
John e. Peterson
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The Competitive Edge in Athletic Strength and Fitness

The True Meaning of G.U.T.S.

In my new book, G.U.T.S., the acronym stands for General Universal Training System. But in the truest sense of the word, the acronym should stand for:

God’s Universal Training System

And what exactly is God’s Universal Training System? It’s everyday life, my friend.

Consider, we all face challenges in our lives. What separates true men of character from spineless, gutless whiners is the way we face those challenges. In the poem “Invictus,” British poet William Ernest Henley describes how a man should respond to challenges. Invictus is Latin for “unconquerable.” Every man should have an unconquerable spirit. When life knocks you down, it’s time for you to get back up and kick life’s butt.

The poet himself possessed the unconquerable spirit he wrote about. Few in this world are called upon to endure what he endured. When he was twelve, Henley developed tuberculosis in the bone. He had to have his leg amputated to the knee, and doctors told him he would have to have the other one amputated if he survived. Henley told the docs that they were full of hogwash. With the help of Dr. Joseph Lister, he endured more than twenty operations, but he ended up keeping the other leg. He led an active life with one leg and had a successful career as a poet and literary critic. Henley was truly the captain of his soul.

I suggest you memorize Henley’s poem “Invictus.” At some point you’ll thank me for it, even if it’s just in your mind.

Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

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