You have to make the call you’re afraid to make.
You have to get up earlier than you want to get up.
You have to give more than you get in return right away.
You have to care more about others than they care about you.
You have to pay it forward when there is no clear way for reciprocity.
You have to fight when you are already injured, bloody, and sore, you have to get up again.
You have to feel unsure and insecure when playing if safe seems smarter.
You have to lead when no one else is following you yet.
You have to invest in yourself even though no one else is.
You have to look like a fool while you’re looking for answers you don’t have.
You have to dig for the details when it’s easier to ignore them.
You have to deliver results and not make excuses why you can’t.
You have to do the research on your own even when you’re told to accept the “facts”.
You have to make mistakes and look like an idiot, but don’t make them twice.
You have try and fail and try again. (Repeat as required)
You have to run faster even though you’re out of breath.
You have to be kind to people who have been cruel to you.
You have to meet deadlines that are unreasonable and deliver results that are outstanding.
You have to be accountable for your actions even when things go horribly wrong.
You have to keep moving towards where you want to be no matter what’s in front of you.
You have to change to grow, if you keep on your current path, you will get where you are going.
You have to do the hard things.
The things that no one else is doing. The things that scare you. The things that make you wonder how much longer you can hold on. Those are the things that define you. Those are the things that make the difference between living a life of mediocrity or outrageous success. The hard things are the easiest things to avoid. To excuse away. To pretend like they don’t apply to you. The simple truth about how ordinary people accomplish outrageous feats of success is that they do the hard things that smarter, wealthier, more qualified people don’t have the courage — or desperation — to do.
Do the hard things. You might be surprised at how amazing you really are. You also may find out how easy it is to do the hard things!