It’s easy to be ordinary or mediocre, but it takes courage to excel, to be different from the crowd. That’s why not many people can do it. The rewards are great, but so are the risks. It takes courage to sacrifice; to work long, hard hours when you could be relaxing; to work out when you’re tired or sick; to focus on being the best you can be when there are so many distractions; to seek out tough competition when you know you’ll probably get beaten. It’s easy to be average, but it’s hard to be the best.
It takes courage to:
- Stand by your convictions when all those around you have no convictions.
- Keep fighting when you’re losing.
- Stick to your game plan and the unrelenting pursuit of your goal when you encounter obstacles.
- Push yourself to place that you have never been before physically and mentally, to test your limits, to break through barriers.
- Run a marathon, but then how would you ever know how far you could run if you never tried?
- Try to be the very best you can be when others around you settle for mediocrity.
We are put on the earth to be tested – to be challenged with adversity and to see what we can accomplish. The successful person is the one who continually faces the problems and challenges that life bring s- and overcomes them all, no matter what the obstacle is.
The road to success becomes lonely because most are not willing to face and conquer the hardships that lurk on that road. The ability to take that extra step when you are tired and delusional is the quality that separates the winners from the also-rans. It’s the courage to succeed.
There is no substitute for hard work.
Never be satisfied with less than your very best effort.