I saw this video on Facebook and was instantly inspired. It demonstrates hard work, dedication, and the no quit attitude I love. However, to me this video is all about the blindfold. As the coach blindfolds his player, he says “I don’t want you giving up at a certain point when you can go further.” Instead of pushing it to the 50 and stopping, where the coach said to reach, he made it to the end zone. This is the key takeaway for me. How often do we set a goal, achieve, and stop even though we can go further?
This happens to me all the time but I never really noticed it until this video. When I am in the gym I do sets of 8. Usually I try to make so I can only get 6 or 7 on the last set but with some exercises I get all 8 and I stop. I stop because I reached my goal even though I could do more. Think about all the times you have done that. It could have happened when you wanted and got a B on an exam instead of the A could have gotten; or maybe it happened when you lost 10 pounds instead of the 15 you could have lost. Whatever the case may be I am sure it has happened to you before; you set a goal, reach it, and stopped.
Really, there is nothing wrong with achieving your goal and stopping because in actuality it is your goal. However, don’t you want to reach your full potential in everything you do? Don’t you want to be the best you you can be?
I hate giving up and even though this really isn’t giving up, it is close to it. This made me start thinking of my goals in a new way. It isn’t just about working hard and not giving up until you reach your goal; it is about not giving up until you surpass your goal and fail. That is what a lot of weight lifters and I do in the gym, we fail. We lift until we can’t lift anymore. This is what we should all do with every single one of our goals; surpass our goals and go until we fail.
I am going to add this mentality to my no quit mentality. I am going to go until my true potential is reach and never give up until I reach failure. I will set my goals and not only achieve but surpass them. I challenge you to do the same. Has there ever been a time where you not only reached but surpassed your goal? How did it feel?
Did you ever think about how Steve Jobs became Steve Jobs or how Bill Gates became Bill Gates? I say it is because they were not afraid. They were not afraid to take an idea they believed in that may have seemed crazy and run with it. They are not afraid to be the first one through the wall. They were not afraid to get a little bloody because the first one through the wall always gets bloody.
Breaking through that wall can be hard though. There will always be that part of you saying that what you are going after is a bad idea; that it won’t work. Don’t listen. Instead, think of the reason you are doing it in the first place. Listen to the part of you telling you why it is a good idea; why it will work. Let that part of you overwhelm you and whatever you do don’t listen to the doubters.
There will always be doubters. They will try to bring you down and tell you that you are wrong. They will tell you that what you are doing is stupid but that’s all apart of getting bloody. You have to prove those doubters wrong and turn them into followers. If you have that passion and that ambition and truly believe in what it is you are doing, you will make it work and the doubters will come to realize that; they will follow you. They will follow you because it is a lot easier to walk through a hole that someone else has made than to create your own hole.
That is why we cannot be afraid to be the first one through the wall. Yes, we are going to get a little bloody and it is going to be tough but everything worth doing is. If we don’t break through that wall someone else will or worse; no one else will. Think about that, you have an idea that has the potential to be great and maybe change the world but you let a wall stop you. The world will never be able to experience that greatness and not only do you lose but everyone does.
If I have an idea with a wall in front of it, I am going to start charging that wall. I will break through and leave a hole for others to follow. Are you going to let walls stop you? Has there ever been a time when you went after something and got a little bloody? How did you deal with it?
Albert Einstein was a brilliant man who once said “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. Not to question Einstein’s intelligence but I think he may be a little off on that definition. To me, that definition sounds a lot like what the definition of persistence should be. However, I would change the word expecting to creating. So my definition of persistence is doing the same thing over and over and creating different result.
I saw a great example of this when I went hiking as part of my summer bucket list. The trail I took went alongside a creek. I am assuming that is creep was not always there, so how would it get there? The answer is through persistence. At one point the water was blocked by rocks but the water did not know any better than to just keep flowing into the rocks. Eventually the water broke down those rocks and formed the creek I had the pleasure of walking by.
This is just a small scale example but think what persistence can do on a large scale. Did you ever heard of the Grand Canyon? Well that was formed in the same way that my little creek was formed. Think how “grand” your life can be if you added that kind of persistence to it (see what I did there…I know not funny but I liked it). Every time something didn’t go your way, every time you didn’t get the result you wanted, every time you failed; it wouldn’t matter if you were persistent enough. It would not matter because you would keep trying and trying until you achieved the goal you set out for and created the results you wanted.
Being persistent is not just about doing the same thing over and over again; it is about fighting. You have to fight for what you really want and doing the same thing over and over again is not going to get you there alone. Every time you do it over you have to put something extra in. Maybe you put a little more effort in or do a little more preparation or approach the situation in a different way entirely; whatever you do you have to fight. You have to be willing to put everything you have into getting what you want. It can be hard and a little crazy but if you want something bad enough and you are persistent, there is no limit to what you can do.
On second thought, maybe Einstein was right and it is insanity but maybe insanity and persistence are synonymous. Maybe be you have to be insane to go to the gym every morning and push your body to its limits trying to get that perfect beach body you are looking for. Maybe you have to be insane to spend hours practicing your singing hoping to make it big one day. Maybe you have to be insane to go after the same girl/guy every day because you could not imagine life without them. Maybe you have to be insane, or maybe you know about the Grand Canyon and how much persistence can do.
I am always going to fight for the things that are important to me because I know that persistence pays off. Are you going to be persistent with your dreams? Has there ever been a time when persistence has paid off for you?
Motivation is an important part of achieving the goals we set for ourselves. If we are not motivated then there is no way we will achieve any goal that has some challenge to it. We will end up giving in to the challenge and quitting. However, motivation alone is not enough to accomplish our goals. We can be the most motivated person out there but if we do not act on our motivation we will never achieve.
Taking action can be the hardest part of accomplishing goals and the part that I need to work on the most. It is so easy to make an excuse or find a reason that will convince ourselves not to do something. Even if we have 5 reasons we should do something, it only takes one reason for us not to do something. At least that is often the case with me. I know that this is holding me back from doing the things I really want to do in life and this is why I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to get past it. I think I found a solution but it is not an easy one.
The solution that I came up with is that taking action is like getting out of the bed in the morning: you just have to do it. When I am really tired and I have to wake up, I just stand up before my brain can process what is going on. Thinking about this made me figure out what stops me all the time from taking action: my brain. As my high school track coach would call it, I suffer from “paralysis by analysis,” as I am sure many of us do. What this means exactly is that we overthink things so much we find reasons not to do whatever we were thinking about; we become paralyzed. This has happen to me way too much lately and I am tired of it, so I am going to change.
I am going to start doing instead of thinking. I am going to surprise my brain and just do what I want without forethought. Yes, this may backfire sometimes but I think it will have more positive outcomes than negative outcomes. If I want to go to and event, I am just going to go I am not going to think about it. If I want to try something new, I am just going to try it I am not going to think about it. If I want to meet someone new, I am just going to talk to them I am not going to think about it. Sometimes thinking gets in the way of life and stops us from really living; I am not going to let my thoughts do that anymore. I am not going to be like the thinker in the picture and become a statue.
I think Nike was on to something when it came up with its slogan, “Just Do It.” In life that’s what we need to do, just do it. However, I know this is a lot easier said than done. I do not know how exactly I am going to start just doing things because I know I will automatically start thinking. I will have to start small and work my way up and make sure to surprise my brain like waking up. I cannot plan things out anymore I have to be spontaneous; I have to just do it. I am not longer going to tell myself, “Okay, I will do this at this time or when this happens.” I am going to stop planning and thinking so much. When I am just sitting there, I have to go do with no thinking involved at all. It is going to be hard but I am motivated and my motivation will get my past this challenge.
I am not going to let thinking control my life anymore. Are you going to let thinking get in your way?