So first step: You just need to make the decision. Ask yourself this: A year from now, five years from now, what are you going to wish you did today? The secret to getting ahead in this world is first getting started.
You can’t let fear stand in the way of your dreams. You cannot think, “Oh, what if this doesn’t work.” If you believe enough in the process and the end result, success is going to come to you. It will. You just gotta be willing to see it through to the end. But first, you just gotta jump in the deep end. And once something goes into motion, it stays in motion. The process itself feeds the fire. You can’t be trapped by fear. Limits like fears, they’re illusions. Disregard them.
If you’re passionate about it and you go full throttle, there’s no doubt you’re gonna be good at it. Because what makes someone good at something? It’s dedication, hard work, and it’s doing it with the proper direction and methodology. So if you plug away, you’re gonna be good. But what makes someone a professional at something? It’s the concept of taking that little idea, that little decision you make, and executing to take it as far as your imagination holds, dedicating every breath in your body to that single cause. Seeing the grand picture at the end of the road to be the absolute best and not settling for any reason.
It’s not talent, it’s not innate ability, it simply comes down to how hungry you are. How hungry are you to improve? How big is your appetite for success? What are you willing to do to reach your dreams? The professionals, the best at their craft, they don’t care about the naysayers, they don’t care about the fun they’re foregoing, they don’t take days off. They are 100% set in their ways in perfecting their craft. Because it’s all for a much larger purpose than any semblance of happiness that immediate gratification provides. Reaching your goal, well that’s just pure bliss.
The higher the expectations, the larger the goal, well the feeling just magnifies. So what’s the difference between you and them? The professionals, they’re the ones who are willing to knock on the doors of complete exhaustion every single day. Now let me define exhaustion for you. Exhaustion is at that very point where it’s just so damn painful that you just can’t push anymore. That it hurts so bad that you can’t even think straight. It’s in reaching that point when deep down, you know, that you did absolutely everything in your power. That there wasn’t one more thing you could have done.
So what’s the difference between them and you? What are you doing in this present moment in time? Ask yourself this: are you moving closer to your goals? Or are you moving further away from them? Are you knocking on those doors of exhaustion? Or are you just uncomfortable? You see, being uncomfortable is not exhaustion. Being uncomfortable is your mind quitting before your body. Being uncomfortable is just saying no to trying again. Achieving greatness happens when you’re willing to do something that will kill you just to make you better.
You see, it’s easier to buy the ticket to see the game than it is to be the one to prepare for it. It’s easier to hang out with your friends than it is to hang with the stairs for an hour. It’s easier to sleep in than it is to wake up to a hundred sprints. It’s easier to go to a party than it is to go ass to the grass in squats. It’s easier to watch athletes from the couch than it is to be the one hoisting the trophy. But it’s also a lot easier to look back on your life and know you gave it your all than it is to live with regrets.
Not living up to your potential, well that weighs on your shoulders for a lifetime. No one ever said that being successful was gonna be easy. But I’ll tell you one thing, it sure as hell is worth it. You are your own maker in this world, and there is no such thing as failure. You just gotta tell it, “No, not this time. Not with me. I’m gonna try again and again and again. And I’m gonna look failure straight in the face and I’m gonna tell it that I’m willing to go through all the struggles to reach my dreams.” Because without struggle, there’s never gonna be any progress. It’s all in how bad you want it.
How big is your appetite for success? Do you just want to fight? Or are you starving out there for it? Stay empty, stay driven, stay hungry.