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Embrace The Grind
I believe to achieve greatness, you have to be willing to embrace the grind. In order to embrace the grind, you have to sacrifice. You have to be willing to do things that aren't popular. You have to be willing to not spend as many nights hanging with friends or not as many days sleeping in or not as much time playing video games or not as much time binge-watching the latest Netflix show. You get out of life whatever you put into it...
Goals become accomplishments when we sacrifice our short-term desires to pursue our passions & long term dreams.
There are a lot of championships, scholarships, and awards that people miss out on because they simply wouldn't get up, embrace the grind, and sacrifice. I never wanted that to be true in my life. I always want to make the most of what God has given me and be a good steward of my time, my talent, my treasure, and my athletic ability.
You might be talented, but if you don't make the conscious decision to develop a strong work ethic, and you don’t learn how to embrace the grind, then you’re talents become useless. If you're not willing to make sacrifices, you're also probably not going to get to the place you could have reached.
For me, personally, one of my biggest fears in life is to look back with regret. I don't want to ever find myself reflecting on my past and find excuses in places where I could’ve found achievements.
If you don’t sacrifice and embrace the grind today, one day you will look back and ask yourself tough questions such as, who could I have become, what could I have accomplished, how much impact could I have made, and what legacy could I have had?
What are you willing to lose because of the “FOMO”?
My advice to you is to do what you love. You will never pour your heart and mind into anything that you are only doing to get by. Trust me, I know making sacrifices isn’t easy, and we all have different priorities, but when you're passionate about your goal and you genuinely love what you’re after, you will naturally embrace the grind.
I think you’ve got to believe in the mission. Believe in your mission. You have to find motivation in your mission, and you have to be willing to sacrifice for it. When you believe in it, then you will be willing to sacrifice and embrace that grind.
Personally, I don't do things that I don't care about. I don't endorse brands that I don't care for. I want to do things that I love. Our time is so limited on earth. So, for the time that I do have here, I want to do things that I'm passionate about. I want to do things that matter. I want to do things that have significance. For example, I love playing sports, writing, and motivating others, but I’m most passionate about bringing faith, hope, and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour through the work we do at my foundation. So, I base my priorities on what's on my heart, and I live out that passion through my conscious decisions.
You have time for what you make time for. We all have the same 24 hours per day, but how we use those hours is contingent on our conscious decisions. Are you willing to sacrifice a few nights of socializing or the next season of your favorite show to reach your next goal?
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