Wisdom Wednesday – Suffer Now

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How do I make practice fun?  How do I make training enjoyable?  Both questions have a hidden, underlying, unspoken meaning behind them, “If training/practice isn’t fun, I won’t do it.”.  In the end, if we want to be great at anything, there is a problem with this statement.

If you want to be the best at anything, heck if you want to just be really good at anything, sometimes the process is going to suck.  That’s just the way it is.  Nothing in life is free, especially success.

Lots of people start down the road to excellence with all of the best intentions in the world.  They skip down that road whistling nothing but happy tunes until all of a sudden work rears its ugly head.  That’s when people decide to quit.  That’s when people decide that being a champion isn’t worth the effort needed to reach that level of performance.

Muhammad Ali knew a little something about being a champion.  He knew that sometimes practice and training just suck.  There’s no making it fun.  There’s no making it enjoyable.  There’s just doing it because that’s what it takes to be great.

Paul McBeth knows a little something about being a champion too.  I think that what he had running through his head for the entire Memorial tournament a couple weeks ago sums all of this up very nicely…

“Everyone wants to be a beast….  Until it’s time to do what beasts do.”  Beasts work their asses off.  How about you?

Do you want to be a champion?  Do you want to be great?  Do you want to be the best?  If so, you might have to do a little suffering first.  But it’s totally worth it.


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