I love watching motivational/inspiring youtube videos, especially during moments when I am wavering on continuing to remain faithful to my disciplines. In addition, it is absolutely vital to continuously feed your brain with positive information (will do a future post on this). However, as we all know the effects of a motivational video or speech has on us is very transient, unless the core themes and messages from the inspirational talk become internalized and a part of who we are.
The motivational video above from ImPossibleTraining is absolutely great! If you do not want to go out and train or work towards your dreams after seeing it you need to check your pulse. However, the most important take-away from the video is its core message. I was inspired to write and expand on the themes mentioned in this video because recently I had come to a cross-roads in my own life. Everyone goes through this stage in your life, and I am sure you have as well already. It is a stage that we are all constantly re-entering and exiting from. This stage is when you are working hard and doing everything right, but you are getting NO observable results.
What do you do when the results are not showing? For most people they give up right before they will see the fruits of their labor! The most successful people in life realize that there is always a delay in reality expressing what they already know is true. Internalizing this concept of being “blind” is essential to success in athletics and life because it allows you to work even when you don’t feel like it.
“You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.” – Jerry West (The logo for the NBA)
It is easy to work hard, be motivated, and disciplined when everything is going right. People are complimenting you for the amazing changes you have made in life, or how great the work you are doing is. However, the true test of the campion is when the shit has hit the fan, and nothing is going right but you still persist with the process because you have blind faith in your ability to achieve your dream, and that every action you take towards you goal is inching you closer and closer. A great quote from Anthony Robbins (Self-Help Guru) that really reinforced this concept for me was:
“It’s what you practice in private that you will be rewarded for in public.” – Tony Robbins
Do not expect some grand celebration when you do the right things. However, sooner or later you will break through and all of the sacrifices you have made in private will shine through when it counts most!
I hope this article helped you realize to not let external circumstances be a measure of success but to let your journey be your barometer for success. If you have any questions please make a comment below, and if there is any specific topic you would like me to discuss let me know. Lastly, always feel free to reach out to me on facebook or linkedIn (Pavan Mehat) or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.