According to a 2017 Business Insider article, a whopping 80% of people give up on their resolutions by the second week in February. That's not to say even more give up as the early months of the year march on. This stat isn't meant to punch your motivation in the gut, but rather to underscore the importance of taking a new approach to improving yourself in 2018.
The initial decision to workout along with setting a goal is the easy part, but how do we maintain the momentum to get there? How do we avoid having another New Year's Resolution fizzle out by week 2 or 3?
Whether we are on the sports field or in the board room, the rule is the same. Get after it and put in the work when no one is watching.
After every victory or accomplishment we achieve, we have a very specific choice. We can be grateful for the accomplishment and begin focusing on raising the bar further OR consider it good enough.
'Grind' has become a popular term in the personal development space – for good reason. It speaks to putting in the time – the blood, sweat, and tears to achieve a higher purpose or goal. It highlights the reality that achieving your goals and purpose is not easy work and not for those who lack the WILL to continually put in the time and effort.
It takes hard work and self-reflection. It requires tireless dedication to continue to grow and become the very best version of ‘you’. It takes an athlete’s mindset to never be complacent with your current status in life or list of successes, but to always be taking incremental steps to bettering all aspects of your game.