Earlier this week, I posted a short video to Instagram where I discussed the importance of talking less and doing more. As a coach, I believe the message is one that all athletes need to hear. There’s absolutely no reason to waste time telling anyone that you want to win or become a champion. The desire to succeed should be a prerequisite to all competitors. Success therefore isn’t determined by who wants to win, but rather by who is willing to prepare themselves to win.
In case you missed the original discussion, take a moment to listen below.
Whether you are an athlete or entrepreneur, it’s important to recognize that your desire to succeed must be coupled with preparation. Simply wanting something is never enough. As mentioned in the video, life doesn’t reward us for what we want. We are only rewarded for what we go out and earn.
Unfortunately, consistent preparation isn’t easy and often requires a considerable sacrifice. Many athletes aren’t willing to pay that price on a regular basis. It is certainly more difficult to prepare than it is to possess the desire to succeed.
The take home message to this brief entry is quite simple. If you are serious about winning, don’t waste time talking about it. The fact that you want to succeed doesn’t make you any different from anyone else. Life is filled with people who would like to improve their current situation. Regrettably, many people aren’t willing to put in the work that’s necessary to bring about any meaningful change.
As complicated as life can be, the road to success is usually straightforward. Continually outwork those around you and you’ll eventually rise towards the top in whatever you pursue. Just don’t expect it to be easy. If it were easy, everyone would do it, and we know that’s not the case.
In summary, don’t ask yourself how bad you want to win. Instead, ask yourself how hard you are willing to prepare yourself to win. And once you answer that question, separate yourself from the majority by consistently displaying that will. That’s how winners are made.
“If your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.” – Henry J. Kaiser