Eliminating "But"

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Training is a must when you want to be fit. You set your goals around becoming a better version of yourself each day to become the best at your chosen sport.

But there are days where you just don’t feel like training. You prefer to sleep in, resting your body, hoping that motivation will come tomorrow. Don’t beat yourself up, it’s normal to think like this sometimes. Even the great ones experience it too.

You know what separates the great athletes from those who are just good? They find a way to get past the excuses and fall in love with the process of training, even during the days they don’t feel like it.

Not convinced? Let’s look outside of triathlon for an example. One of the best athletes in history worked himself into the conversation for the greatest basketball player of all time through sheer hard work alone: Kobe Bryant.

(Photo by Keith Allison)

Kobe’s legendary work ethic was well-documented by the media. His pre-dawn workouts, beating everybody to the gym by arriving at 4:00 am, and meticulous training style got him five NBA championships and multiple accolades, despite his admitted lack of extraordinary physical gifts.

What was Kobe’s secret to training like this every single day? He eliminated his excuses by falling in love with the process, not the result.

“Those times when you get up early.. .those times where you stay up late… when you’re too tired… when you don’t want to push yourself but do it anyway… that is actually the dream,” says Bryant during his retirement ceremony in Los Angeles.

When you fall in love with the process and the work, you’ll see that you can’t be stopped by your physical limitations. You can do anything as long as you work hard for it.

You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to be the best possible version of yourself each day. No excuses. Show up every day, do your workouts, train your mind so the body will follow. Greatness is within every one of us, including you.

(Header photo by Mike Von on Unsplash.)


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