A Real Decision

How do you know if you made a real decision? The minute you decide, you take immediate action. The only way to change your life is to make real decisions.

Being clear on why you are taking action guides execution. Establishing purpose on the front-end is a must! Invest the time. If you are not clear on the purpose, the odds are you aren’t clear on what you are willing to sacrifice along the way when times get tough.

The Single Decision

"Dealing with the temporary frustration of not making progress is an integral part of the path towards excellence. It is essential and something every single elite athlete has had to learn to deal with. If the pursuit of excellence was easy, everyone would do it. In fact, this impatience in dealing with frustration is the primary reason that most people fail to achieve their goals. Unreasonable expectations time-wise, resulting in unnecessary frustration, due to a perceived feeling of failure. Achieving the extraordinary is not a linear process.

The secret is to show up, do the work and go home.

A blue-collar work ethic married to an indomitable will. It is literally that simple. Nothing interferes. Nothing can sway you from your purpose. Once the decision is made, simply refuse to budge. Refuse to compromise. And accept that quality long-term results require quality long-term focus. No emotion. No drama. No beating yourself up over small bumps in the road. Learn to enjoy and appreciate the process. This is especially important because you are going to spend far more time on the actual journey than with those all too brief moments of triumph at the end.

Certainly celebrate the moments of triumph when they occur. More importantly, learn from defeats when they happen. In fact, if you are not encountering defeat on a fairly regular basis, you are not trying hard enough. And absolutely refuse to accept less than your best. Throw out a timeline, it takes what it takes." - Christopher Sommer, National Gymnastics Coach

Cheers to making a real decision.