Willpower, determination and mental toughness are all desired qualities of a professional athlete, a martial artist, a businessman and anyone with ambitious work or lifestyle. In Finland our language has one single word that describes all these qualities: “SISU”. It helped us Finns to fight for our independence, it helped our nations elite athletes to be olympic winners and world champions. It has helped me countless times and it will help you!
According to Wikipedia: “Sisu is a Finnish term loosely translated into English as strength of will, determination, perseverance, and acting rationally in the face of adversity. However, the word is widely considered to lack a proper translation into any other language. Sisu has been described as being integral to understanding Finnish culture.”
Find your own Sisu!
In order to be successful in work, sports or school it’s essential to have Sisu. I could write a long post about goal setting and planning but Sisu is all about action. It’s the main thing that gives you the power to keep on going when things get ruff.
To find Sisu you have to step out of your comfort zone. You need to take a stand and to start fighting for the things you want or care about. Put your self in situations where the outcome really does matter the world to you. You need to reset your compass and begin to face things that are hard, demanding and sometimes even extremely uncomfortable. You need to know what it feels like to want to quit or give up. You need to overcome those feelings and continue until your task is completed. The moment you make the decision to not give up you will find your Sisu. With Sisu you can accomplish amazing things.
The power of Sisu has been proven throughout the history but here`s some modern day warriors with tremendous amounts of SISU in their blood.
Olympic weightlifter Milko Tokola demonstrating raw Sisu.
Elite crossfit athelete Mikko Salo with humble Sisu.
So start using your SISU because If you don’t use it you will lose it!
Happy weekend everyone,
Johannes “Hatsolo” Hattunen
FLOW MO CREW