When we see top athletes taking home the gold medal or a team securing the top spot in the league, we see them in all their glory. Mission accomplished and they’re on top of the world.
At that very moment, it’s easy to forget about the journey – the route to success – as it’s all about ‘the now’; but we need to remind ourselves that success doesn’t happen overnight.
It takes time, commitment, and focus to get to the top. It’s a process that will involve overcoming challenges and obstacles, but at the same time will teach you some incredibly valuable lessons along the way.
We here at GamePlan A know that it isn’t always the beginning or the end that is most important, but rather the bit in-between. We’ve compiled a couple of our favorite quotes that remind us that hard work provides the basis for achieving our aims.
1. There’s always room to improve
Following Stan Smith’s advice, remember to think about the steps you need to take in order to reach your goals. Rather than focusing only on the ‘what’, take a step back and think about the ‘how’.
It might be useful to set yourself targets to regularly check if you are on the right path. A series of smaller goals will help you move forward bit by bit. Keep track of your progress as you get closer to achieving your end goal.
The key to this is the idea of self-development – take some time to think about how you can grow and challenge yourself to improve. Plan out new ways to boost your skills to become the best version of yourself that you can be. Learning happens through trial and error, so remember that failure is a vital part of the journey.
2. You can inspire and motivate others along the way
If you consistently demonstrate a strong work ethic, those around you will not only respect you, but possibly aspire to be like you as well. International tennis icon Alexander Zverev knows that while having a passion and a goal is a great starting point determination and grit are fundamental ingredients that separate the players and the winners.
Don’t give up at the first hurdle – if you stay focused, give it your best shot and push through until the end, those around you will recognize and respect your efforts. Who knows, maybe your steadfast attitude and hard work will make you someone’s role model one day.
3. Step outside your comfort zone
Let’s face it – when we get used to how things are, it’s easy to stop caring about our actions. We switch on autopilot and just sit back.
Adriene Mishler believes that simply going through the motions isn’t enough to help you achieve your targets. Reaching your end goal means you need to be willing to take risks and step outside your comfort zone. Only when you stop letting fear, anxiety, and the safety of familiarity hold you back will you start to make those major breakthroughs in life.
You might find that having a solid plan can help to push those boundaries. Be clear about what you’re aiming to overcome and then focus your energy on how to maximize your strengths to do so.
4. Don’t stand on the sidelines – it’s time to score some goals
A playmaker controls the flow of offensive play. With a strong vision and extensive technical skills, playmakers are known for using their creativity and decisiveness to score goals. Do you want to be that person, or are you comfortable to watch from the sidelines? How will you get that trophy if you’re not even in the game?
The route to success can be characterized by many factors: the connections and friendships made, the skills you acquire, or the person you become along the way. As former professional tennis player Arthur Ashe says, “Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.”
Don’t just dream about your goals – develop your strength of character throughout the journey and take the necessary steps to bring them to life. Build up your confidence with practice and preparation. It’s time to go for gold.