Let us start with something basic here. You may not have the fastest swing. You may not be the best putter. You may not have the same talent as your opponent. Perhaps you do not have the high caliber training facilities and great coaching opportunities that your competitors have. Your technique may be unorthodox. You may be physically limited by your size. All this notwithstanding, you can still become a champion and out-compete your opponents.
How? You ask, disbelieving.
Simple! Maybe not so simple, you must be willing to do whatever it takes! You must be willing to outwork your competition. You must be willing to do all the little things most people do not want to do. You must do the sweaty, uncomfortable things that many athletes avoid. When practice is over, you must keep going in one way or another. You must keep looking for other ways to get smarter, stronger, faster, and better conditioned. The secret to success is tremendously boring. It’s all about deliberate, focused hard work! It’s all about the investment that you’re willing to make. You must have more conviction than everyone else. While the secret to success is available to all, precious few are willing to take advantage of it today or ever. Why? Because far too many athletes view getting to their goal as just too much work!! Simple is HARD!!!
In fact, while you are reading these words, 95% of the athletes out there are looking for ways to cut corners. They are complaining silently or out loud about having to push themselves and practice so hard, to follow their plan. They’re watching the clock and counting the seconds until practice is over and they can head for the showers (or not) and relax. They are resenting their hard-working teammates for taking things too seriously and going too hard. These athletes are kidding themselves into believing that they have done enough today. They’re fooling themselves into believing that they’re really prepared. They are lying to themselves!
I was recently watching a video of trout fish trying to migrate up a stream to get to the headwaters to spawn. It almost seems like an impossible task. The fish must face steep inclines, waterfalls and raging currents going against them, virtually impassable barriers. Each time they try to scale these obstacles they are thrown back. Yet they continue to try, repeatedly. I asked myself whether the fish are doing their best to make it upstream. The answer, “absolutely!” However, the more I thought about it, those fish aren’t doing their best! They are, in fact, doing whatever it takes! This is what being your best is all about: Doing whatever it takes!
Chances are good that you can look around and see athletes who have a lousy work ethic regularly outperform you; they may even hold a starting position while you must sit the bench. You may bitterly complain to yourself or to whoever will listen that it is just not fair when you work so hard and they do little to nothing! They are not true competitors and sooner or later their bad habits will catch up to them. No one can ever achieve worthwhile success in anything by putting out a half-hearted effort. It just does not happen! Instead, you must ignore them. Your job is to take responsibility for your training and to focus only on you. What is important here are Your habits, not theirs!
Success is about regularly stepping outside your comfort zone. It is about pushing your own limits. It is about GETTING COMFORTABLE BEING UNCOMFORTABLE. If you have read this newsletter before you have come across those words several times. They are worth repeating here because they are your formula for success. They are your ticket to your goals. The more you put yourself in a position where you challenge your own comfort, the more you refuse to be satisfied with Good, the faster you will progress and develop as an athlete and a person. What does this really mean?
In conclusion, take an honest look at yourself, specifically your weaknesses. Most athletes do not like doing this. They do not like working on their weaknesses because they are not good at them and it’s not fun to be incompetent. They do not like how it makes them feel to be inadequate at something. Guess what? You will always be limited by your weaknesses, so enthusiastically grab the opportunity that your weaknesses present you. Working on and strengthening your shortcoming is the fastest and smartest way to bring your training up to the next level. Do not take the easy way out. Get in the habit of going that 1 more degree, 212!! Do not be satisfied with doing just enough to get by, you are just simply lying to yourself. Get comfortable being uncomfortable! Think about what your competition is doing and then do more. Do not just do your best. Do whatever it takes!
Enjoy Your Journey