Sole Searching is intended and designed to generate and create serious thinking and deep consideration regarding one’s beliefs, motivation and driving force to finally move yourself to the next level.

Week 59, Volume 59                                             

Remember Why You Started

You are excited! You just signed up for a new class, decided to write a book, create a weekly blog, do a triathlon, running race, spartan event. Now the real work starts:  scheduling time every day for training, studying and preparing. On those days, and they will come, when your emotional and physical excitement has withered away and it takes all you have got to train, study or write, it will be demanded of you to learn to go deep and spotlight the reason why you even started.

Here is a list of things that I have learned over the years and have personally dealt with on my own journey:

  • Make no excuses, to be honest, no one really cares! Keep them to yourself.
  • Don’t play the short game. Success in any and all endeavors takes time.
  • Avoid working hard until you have prepared by doing the necessary hard work. Master the minutiae details.
  • Develop your skill set.
  • Embrace the three Ps:  Patience, Persistence, Practice.
  • Fixed mindset or open mindset. Learn the difference between each.
  • No one really cares about it as much as you should.
  • Review your goals often. Don’t have goals, make them! Write them down and freaking review!
  • David Goggins talks about the accountability mirror. Stand in front of the mirror, look yourself in your eyes and call yourself out! Learn to be honest, if you suck, you suck!
  • Journal every day, document your successes and your failures. The failures are where the learning takes place. What did I learn from that so-called failure and how will I avoid this in the future?
  • Embrace the process. The path of becoming is in the process. Cling to the day-to-day boring, tedious, monotonous activities that will move the needle.
  • Stop sharing every small detail with your Facebook friends. Go about your business preparing.
  • Do the “Hard Work.”
  • There are no five easy steps, no hacks, no genie in a bottle or wishing. There is just doing.

                      “The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.” -Malcom X