It’s not enough to do what coach tells you to do. It’s not enough to simply put in the time. If you’re not giving it everything you’ve got on any given day you’re never going to make it big. Rest and rejuvenation are important, but on the days you go to the gym you can’t just be going through the motions. You have to push the envelope and see how far you can possibly go.
One small example of this in my own life actually happened yesterday. Since I’ve always been an introverted person who’s lacked the drive to develop social skills I set a goal to get out of the house and socialize at least once per day.
Yesterday I got out of the house and made a juggling video with a friend, and while that technically fulfilled my goal to socialize for the day I understood that if I stopped there I really wouldn’t be experiencing much growth.
I instead decided to try cold approach for the first time and it was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. Making conversation with strangers may not be a big deal to other people, but for me it’s a huge hurdle I need to overcome. My first cold approach was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done, but at the same time tremendously rewarding.
It was one small victory on my path to greatness. It’s also got me thinking about other areas of my life where I’m doing well, but haven’t been putting in one-hundred percent.
I won’t list them all as that would be dull and repetitive for you, but there’s a number of them. Take Spanish for example. Studying flash cards is good, but I’m never going to be a fluent speaker if that’s all I do.
I’ve made the excuse that I can’t speak to people yet because I don’t know enough words, but honestly I could get along just fine. It’s my ego that’s getting in the way. I may not be able to have an extremely in depth conversation, but I could surely chat on Skype with other Spanish speakers to get experience.
The thing that separates good from average is showing up and putting in the time. The thing that separates the greats from everyone else is they’re willing to go further than anyone else is willing to go. They live knowing that they only get one chance to do this and failure’s not an option.
Failure is not an option. What areas of life do you need to start taking it to the next level in? How can I help? Let me know in the comments.
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