Below is a podcast from Joe Rogan where he talks about excellence as an athlete (be aware of the foul language). It is worth a listen, particularly if you are an athlete or coach.
Throughout the discussion, Rogan speaks about how super athletes share a certain sense of madness in terms of how they prepare and compete. Many world class athletes are obsessed with being the best and staying the best. Such an extreme level of commitment isn’t for everyone, but it is the reality in most cases.
To be the best, you need to eat, sleep, and dream it. There are no shortcuts and there is always someone close behind who is trying to pass you. Doing what everyone else does will leave you like everyone else. At some point, you must decide if you want to separate yourself from the pack. If that’s your choice, be willing to work for it, day after day. Wishing on a star won’t get you anywhere.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle