Have you ever heard the phrase “It came down to who wanted it more” or “You just have to want it bad enough”?
It sounds powerful. It sounds insightful. But it’s not. It’s barely helpful and usually straight up not true. Next time you see a football game and one player makes a great catch over another player, listen for the announcer to say, “He just wanted it more.”
No, he planned better, jumped higher, used better technique, saw the ball more clearly, and built better skill. He did it way before then and when that moment arrived, he performed. You think the other player didn’t want to catch it? The difference was in their level of want? No way. It wasn’t want. It was work.
Getting in shape requires consistent workouts, not frequent wantouts. You earn in alignment with the quality of your work, not the quality of your want. You can build a life on a work ethic. You can’t build anything on a want ethic.
Working hard is studying, prepping, reps, reflection, feedback, and responsibility for results. It’s late nights, early mornings, uncommon effort, and choosing to push harder when you could relax.
Wanting hard is what everyone else does.
Embrace the chase. Do the work.
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