I think that just about everybody wants to succeed. Even people who self-sabotage themselves and seem like they intentionally want to lose or punish themselves because they don’t deserve success. They are still succeeding at holding themselves back from success. But one of the main reasons that I believe so many people don’t have the level of success that they envision for themselves is because they aren’t seeing the whole picture.
When you have a goal for yourself, especially a compelling one, it looks, sounds and feels amazing. When you think of this goal, you cannot help but get pumped up. You think of all the great things that you will experience once you reach this goal. But so many people set goals and still fall short. Why? They haven’t accepted what it takes to get to that goal.
There will be tough times
There will be tough times on the path that leads to your goal. At the beginning, you may struggle at even knowing which way to go. It’s important to keep going, and keep building and creating even when this uncertainty arises.
Further down the road, you may experience road blocks where you say to yourself “How in the world am I supposed to get past this?”
You may have some days where you just don’t want to take care of the things on your to-do list.
You have to keep going.
I’ll say it again. There will be tough times on the path that leads to your goal. You have to accept this.
I actually decided to write this article spur of the moment, without anything planned. I just knew I had to write it, mostly because I woke up on the wrong side of the bed. I felt tired, and I definitely did not want to write a few blog posts to start the day.
But I have had enough life experiences to know that not every day is a good day.
Some days are pretty terrible.
Some days you are so tired, so out of it, and really just not feeling it. That’s how I feel as I write these words you are now reading. But I know that if I want to succeed, and live my fullest purpose, I have to keep going and keep creating, building, and contributing to the world in whatever ways I can. Even when I don’t feel like it.
This is where champions are made.
These are the people who go to the gym when they don’t feel like it.
These are the people who stay after practice to run through the game plan one more time.
These are the people who win super bowl rings, perform at the top of their field, and build empires from nothing. They know that the road to success is not going to be a walk in the park.
I’ve read several books written by Navy SEALS, 2 of which I will be writing review posts on. One of the common themes that all of these authors have, who are all former Navy SEALS, is that mental toughness is more important than physical strength or skill. There is obviously a minimum requirement of strength and physical fitness to be a SEAL, but these authors always talk about how it’s not always the biggest, strongest, most athletic candidates who earn their trident at the end of BUDS training. It’s the people who are mentally tough and keep going when every cell in their body is screaming for them to give up.
That’s what the Navy SEALS training is meant to do. Not see who is biggest, strongest, or most athletic, but to see who can keep moving forward when all hell breaks loose and literally every single factor in your environment is working against you. They want to see who has the toughness and ability to get in the hairiest situations behind enemy lines and not only make it out alive, but accomplish the mission.
Strive to be like a Navy SEAL. You don’t have to be the biggest, baddest, strongest dude out there. Obviously for whatever endeavor you are pursuing there will be minimum proficiency requirements, but the most important element in any success is by far the ability and commitment to move forward and finish the job no matter what the circumstances.
So remember that on the journey to your goals, there will be tough times. Not everyday will be easy.
Not everything will work out the way you planned.
You will have days where you just don’t want to do it.
But if you want to achieve your goals, you have to just move forward.
Don’t worry about being the best all the time. It’s impossible. Nobody can be the best at everything all the time and mistakes will be made. Just focus on staying committed and giving your best at all times, no matter what the circumstances.