Monotony scares the shit out of me. To wade into my days knowing exactly what’s going to happen with no prospect of growth or personal evolution is death. I need to extend who I am, to go where I’ve never been, to take on more than I can handle and to reach further than I can grasp.
It’s easy to slip into ease, though, to fall into the trap of being comfortable and happy with where you are. Sometimes we need to dump and chase, to give up control and fight to gain it back.
Often, it’s on our shoulders to man up and push ourselves, even when no one is watching and no one is aware that we’re hustling, rising, fighting to improve, grow, and evolve.
The result of a badass program that gets you in great shape is both a body fit for adventures and a physique fit for whatever the hell you want it to be fit for.
Training, at its base, is improvement. It’s putting your body through the fire, through pain, so it can withstand what a good life is supposed to consist of: adventure.
We – myself included – wait to feel “up to it” to work really hard or train really hard and when we’re not supremely motivated we work at a lesser quality than when we are.
This is no good.
Your life should consist of routine, which should consist of work being done and challenges being won, daily. It isn’t sexy, the human who gets a little done daily and doesn’t take days off, but it’s how life is won, it’s how dreams are created.
Don’t depend on motivation. Depend only on routine.
Get out into the world and get dangerous. Risk things, life and limb, knowing that you could lose but if you do it was done in pursuit of something more.
Greatness comes to those who climb higher, further, and more persistently. Keep hustling every damn day with the knowledge that it’s the work that is the reward, not the end.
Fear makes us feel alive, as does uncertainty. And the only way to feel it deep in our core is to push ourselves beyond what we know we can do and take on more than we think we can handle. (Read This: Why Michael Jordan Didn’t Fear Failure)
Life doesn’t exist on a single plain, it’s a constant climb that happens everyday and those with the balls to climb the steepest parts of the mountain are rewarded, not simply for climbing, but for pushing themselves with an audacity that creates growth.
It’s those among us that improve the most that will win the most. And life is all about winning.
The reward isn’t the reward, the work is. It’s the hard work that makes you tougher and stronger and smarter. It’s the hard work that makes you a better man.
The victory isn’t actually the victory. Getting up every damn day not knowing if you’re going to win or lose, that, my friend, is winning.
It isn’t the final victory that we should applaud. It’s the early mornings when your future was uncertain that deserve the true applause.
What’s interesting is that those who rise early and often and hustle even when no one is watching, that end up victorious in the end anyway, and always receive our applause and attention.
Stay hungry my friends.
Winning exists in improvement, in giving more of yourself and not just for yourself, but to others as well. The more you improve as a human being, the more you win at life.
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