Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Another Post About Discipline

“... Nothing happens by accident. If it happened, you can bet it was planned that way.”

People don’t run sub-5min miles, or squat 300lbs, or get down to 6% body fat by accident. They get there by discipline, desire, and dedication to their craft. If you want something, you have to be willing to work for it. I'm not saying you have to go all-in at the expensive of your relationships, health, and sanity, but to achieve excellence, there has to be an element of sacrifice.

Tim Grover, trainer extraordinaire to superstars like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Dwayne Wade, said, "(Successful people) know what has to be done, and get it done. They expect to succeed, and when they do, they never celebrate it long, because there's always more to do. Every accomplishment is just a stepping-stone to the next target."
If you're perseverant, dedicated, and unrelenting, then you don't stop when you've reached a milestone; you don't quit because what you've done is "good enough", and you certainly don't give up when it gets hard. Your work ethic should be such that even when you've achieved what you want, you keep going - because there's always something else on the horizon. There's always something more, something better out there for you. 

Now I'm not telling you not to be happy with what you want/are/have, but I'm telling you not to be satisfied.

I'm telling you that to get to where you want to go, you should be relentless when it comes to pursuing your passion and your goals. When something goes wrong or off-plan, don't look around for someone to blame, or find an excuse for why it happened; just fix it. Move on. Do your work quietly, in the dark, and without bringing too much attention to yourself. Leave the fan fare and the stage lights to everyone else. You just stay in your lane, with your head down and nose to the grindstone, and don't look up until you reach your destination.

Shut out people who tell you that you can't, or you won't, or you shouldn't. Some of us have a dark place that we go when it's time to work. How else will you have the drive to immediately create new goals once you've achieved your present ones? We should constantly strive to be better versions of ourselves, in everything we do; from the gym, to our relationships, to our careers. The only way to do that is by taking your goals seriously. And I'm telling you this, because you're worth it.

"If you're good, it means you don't stop until you're great.If you're great, it means you fight until you're unstoppable." Tim Grover

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