Friday, June 5th, 2015
When I watch athletes on TV, like Tom Brady or Russell Wilson, I am marveled by their athletic talent. The way they move around the field and handle that football, it is almost as if they were born to play it. It seems to come super easy to them, which sometimes makes it hard to remember just how hard they had to work to get where they are today.
Certainly, in order to succeed in anything at life, you must first have the desire to succeed. This means having an unwavering yearning to go as far as you can, and being willing to accept nothing less.
It is this level of drive, this unbridled passion, that makes it worth it to do what it is you need to do in order to reach the top. Whether your goal is to play professional sports like them or to work your way up in your company, achieving success requires dedication at an amazingly high level or it doesn’t matter how good you are, someone will outwork you and get there first.
Additionally, if you take the time to learn about how the top athletes got where they are, or even pay attention to the top person in any field, you will generally find that they are the first one to show up and the last one to leave. They practice and practice and practice, and work and work and work until their actions become almost second nature.
They are essentially willing to take their natural talents and hone them even more until they are as precise as they can get. They refuse to be outworked, outplayed, or outwitted simply because they didn’t put in the work. For them, this isn’t even an option.
Think about this in regard to your life. Are you putting in the “practice time” to get wherever it is you want to be? Are you taking your natural talents and making them even stronger by being the first one to arrive in the morning and the one who shuts off the lights when you leave at night?
You need to show up each and every day, putting forth all of your energy and effort so that you look as natural as Brady or Wilson do on the football field.
You want your actions to become so second nature that you don’t even have to think much about them. You simply do them because that is what you’ve practiced for days, months, years, and even decades. It is this type of persistence, this type of always showing up for the game that will take you to higher levels in both your personal and professional life.
Yes, true success takes much more than talent. It takes hard work and dedication. It takes a drive so powerful that you won’t let anything stop you or stand in your way. And it takes practice, practice, and more practice. Put all of these together and you can do anything you put your mind to. Why? Because you’ll accept nothing less.