Keep moving. The key to getting better at something is to keep moving. Move forward, move backward, move, move, move.
What drives you to get better? Are you motivated by extrinsic factors, like awards, medals, or trophies?
Or are you motivated by intrinsic factors, like a desire to be the best you can be or an unquenchable will to win?
Whichever motivates you, keep moving. Keep pushing forward with the realization there will be the occasional backward move from the inevitable failure that comes with pushing the limits of your ability.
In football, we used to talk a lot in the off-season and preseason about the “450”. We tried to get the kids motivated by the “450”.
Here is kind of how the rant usually went:
“We have 9 scheduled games. That’s 9 teams we know we have to play. Let’s say each of those teams is about like us and has around 50 kids on their varsity squad. Do the math, 9 teams times 50 kids = 450 kids. That’s around 450 people who will wake up this morning with the desire to kick your ass on the field of play. 450 people who are probably working their tails off right now, as we speak, to get better.
So when you’re debating whether or not you’re going to get out of bed for workout, remember the 450 players who want to defeat you. When you are deciding whether you want to put in full effort today or just put it in cruise control, remember those 450. They are out there, so you better be doing the work in here.
It’s not enough to be the best in our locker room, it’s all about being better than the 450.”
So, it’s winter and the new year approaches. The perfect time to start the work. Beat your “450”.
Whether it’s your art, your sport, or your career, keep moving. Turn up the heat on yourself and push your boundaries. Find your own “450” for motivation.
Don’t settle; be what you dream.