Keep Chipping Away
Do you ever get tired or bored of doing the basics? Have you ever procrastinated your training or practicing? At some point, as athletes, I think we all do. Sometimes it seems easier to do the comfortable thing than the hard thing.
When we’re discouraged, we become ineffective. When we’re discouraged, we work against our own belief.
When we’re discouraged, we’re saying, “I don’t know if I can do it.” or “I don’t know if this is going to be worth it.” That’s the exact opposite of saying, “I know it can be done!” or “I believe all my work will pay off.”
Ask yourself these questions:
- How do I handle failure?
- When things don’t go my way, do I get grumpy?
- When things don’t go my way, do I get discouraged?
- When things don’t go my way, do I start complaining?
- Do I finish what I start?
- How would I rate my persistence?
If you’re discouraged, don’t give up without a fight. Nothing worthwhile ever happens without a struggle and a fight. It’s part of your journey toward greatness.
When an artist creates a sculpture, he has to keep chipping away. He doesn’t hit the chisel with the hammer once, and then expect all the excess stone to fall away revealing a beautiful masterpiece. He keeps hitting it, and hitting it, and hitting it, chipping away at the stone.
And that’s true with any endeavor, too. Nothing really worthwhile ever comes easy in life. You keep hitting it, keep chipping away and going after it, and little by little your performance becomes a masterpiece that will inspire others.
The fact is, great people are really just ordinary people with an extraordinary amount of determination to keep chipping away. Great people don’t quit.