High achievers know success doesn’t happen overnight. It takes dedication & determination, but how do you stay motivated and not lose your drive?
In this episode you'll discover The Key to Surviving the Daily Grind:
Everyone talks about the ‘grind’ these days. But, what the hell is the ‘grind’ anyway?
The ‘grind’ is the day in and day out tasks and objectives that have to be completed to achieve your goals. The road to success is more often than not a long one. If you are going to be traveling it for an extended period of time, it will be extremely arduous if you do not have some level of passion or interest for what the daily requirements consist of.
Take professional athletes for example. A major league baseball player plays a 162-game season. In addition, there is spring training and playoff games if you are lucky enough to make the post season. The ultimate goal is to win a world series championship. However, that is four to seven games at most. The vast majority of a player’s time will be spent slugging it out in spring training and the regular season. If this is how you’re going to spend the majority of your time, you better love baseball.
Another instance of needing to love what you do is a professional golfer. Many of us watch the four major golf tournaments every year. There is a certain aura to these events. But the reality of pursuing pro golf is anything but glamorous. Many of these players initially live out of their cars while on the road and play second and third-rate country club tournaments attempting to get their pro card. Again, one must love the game of golf to survive the challenges and obstacles to make it to become one of the top ranked players.
I can think of very few instances of individuals becoming successful who did not have a degree of love and passion for what they do. In addition to being a licensed psychotherapist and peak performance expert, I am also a musician. Many of the bands I followed in the eighties are a good example of the difference between loving what you do and doing it for other reasons determining your success and longevity. The bands from that period who were out to make money and become famous are long since gone. However, the ones who were true musicians and whose main priority was to make great music are still playing arenas.
You do not have to love every aspect of what you do. But if do not have an overall passion for what you are pursuing, it is highly unlikely you will be successful and survive the ‘grind’. Even if you do, it will be a miserable experience. To attain real success, take the time to identify what you truly love and have an aptitude for and align it with something that gives value and affects others in a positive way. This is the formula for a fulfilling and rewarding life.