Have you ever heard that saying, “Winners never quit, and quitters never win”?
The essence of that saying is that if you want to be great at something, you need to be committed, consistent, and relentless.
It’s not really about how “hard” you work, but how long you are willing to wait.
That’s the mistake that many people make, they think working hard is the solution, but working hard is not truly possible to do consistently and continuously. In the training world we talk about the idea of intensity versus volume.
Intensity is sexy, it’s explosive, it’s high demand…..it makes a statement, but it’s impossible to sustain.
Volume on the other hand, is far more elusive. You can fill a bucket of water one drop at a time, or you can fill it with a fire hose, bottom line is that it can only be filled so high before it overflows.
So the secret sauce of success is the simple application of the always doing, never completely stopping, just keep moving monotony of consistency.
When you speak to those who have had great success, and by success, I mean that they are recognized for doing something really well, being the very best, or at least approaching that impression.
When you speak with them, or to those who have supported them or observed them intentionally, the same things are always mentioned;
Desire to do what it takes
Attention to detail
Adapting to feedback
Success….this type of success……isn’t sexy.
Maybe the outcome looks sexy.
There may be fame or fortune in some instances, but that’s really all medium dependent.
Some of the best teachers in the world aren’t on the cover of Rolling Stone or Vogue magazine, but their students remember them years and years after they’ve been touched by their greatness.
You probably don’t know the best policeman(woman) or fireman(woman) in your town, but you will most surely appreciate their presence in a moment of crisis.
The truth is, arriving at being the best is about your internal desire to explore what’s possible within you through the never ending process of growth.
You can let off the gas pedal, you just can’t let go completely, otherwise you’ll stop moving.
Momentum serves to push us through the bumps and potholes of life, but when we stop moving, it’s an awfully difficult thing to get moving again.
Build consistent habits and practices that serve you, don’t stop moving, give yourself permission to slow down, but just don’t stop. That’s the secret to greatness.
It’s not sexy, but it’s the truth.