There are no shortcuts. "I've always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. I don't do things half-heartedly, because I know if I do, then I can expect half-hearted results. That's why I approached practices the same way I approached games. You can't turn it on and off like a faucet . I couldn't dog it during practice and then, when I needed that extra push late in the game expect it to be there.
But that's how a lot of people approach things, and that's why a lot of people fail. They sound like they are committed to being the best they can be. They say all the right things, make all the proper appearances. But when it comes right down to it, they're looking for reasons instead of answers.
You see this all the time in professional sports. You can even see it in your friends or business associates. There are a million excuses for not paying the price. "If only I was given a particular opportunity" or "if only the coach, teacher or boss liked me better, I could have accomplished this or that." Nothing but excuses.
Part of this commitment is taking responsibility. That's not to say there aren't obstacles or distractions. If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to go through it, climb it, or work around it. "
Excerpt taken from "I Can't Accept Not Trying" by Michael Jordan....Perhaps you can find some inspiration and motivation.
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