The best make what they do look easy. Does it come easy to them? No, it surely doesn’t. The perception of easy is created in the act of daily discipline, skill building, hard work, and talent. It is daily work that makes the few moments in the spotlight look so easy. So, it is not really that easy.
“I want to be the best on my worst day.” Ronda Rousey said that and look what happened to her. She made it look easy for a while before it all got really really hard for her. That is the way it tends to be. When we are on top, people don’t see the real work. They see the sessions on film along with the result. What is missed is the ugly side of work. They don’t see the tears, the blood, the sweat that comes to all athletes working for greatness. You may get a glimpse but you don’t feel the fatigue, you don’t wake up at night afraid of the dream you declared your goal, you don’t stay in when the world is out, and you are not stepping into the arena. The struggle is legit and only meant for those that choose to lead and have the ability to do what it takes to actually do it.
Want all you want. Try and “act as if”. Talk as loud and ass brash as you choose. Just know that what you want will take real work when nobody is there to cheer you on, when nobody cares who you are, and when most of the people you know and don’t are telling you to stop reaching for what they feel is impossible. Success demands you do the work no matter what.
I don’t discourage anyone, I just need everyone who dares to achieve great things, know that the sacrifices will be equal to the level of the goal. Whatever you want has to be greater in value to you than the distractions that will threaten your success. You have to accept that it will take time, require patience, and demand everything you can afford to give. This is the price of greatness in every scenario.
It is your choice, accept the struggle in return for achievement, or stay safe. Safe is fine for those that want it but it will be hell for anyone who wants to be number 1 at anything.