The feeling of a truly difficult and noble accomplishment is hard to beat. Reaching a goal or getting somewhere through hard work that you maybe thought wasn’t possible is one of the best human emotions. But isn’t part of that feeling the fact that we get to share it with others?
I think of joy, pride, accomplishment, and success and I also instantly think of sharing those feelings with people that care. Sometimes we accomplish with others as a part of a team, and sometimes we have individual glory or accolade. But either way, it is in the sharing of the feat that we fully experience the joy.
Everyone needs support, teammates, mentors, fans, and friends. These are the people that help us reach great heights, and then share in the joy when we get there. No one does it alone.
Hideki Matsuyama won the Master’s on Sunday. Hideki said in a later interview that his joy around winning first took hold of him as he saw and hugged his caddy, Shota. He just won a major golf tournament, and he thought of his caddy and that it was his first major win as a caddy, and that brought him a great feeling. Wow. Let that sink in. No one does it alone. Being a winner requires relying on others.
See Hideki here relive the last put.
Kids always tell me they love competing. I love competing. The thrill of competition drives us, moves us, and fills us with passion.
We learn a lot from competition….
-How to handle pressure and a big moment.
-The importance of preparation.
-A deeper drive within ourselves to get better.
-Things don’t always go your way.
-You must try hard and work hard to have the opportunity to get what you want.
-Learning to compete with yourself is a secret of life.
Maybe Kobe says it best:
“The best exercise for gaining strength is not missing workouts." James Clear
Read it again. This is referring to getting stronger in the weight room but it works for everything else right? Plan your work to grow, and then show up. Don’t miss workouts.
I love how simple this is and it’s a great reminder for us as we rethink our commitments. How deliberately have we outlined how we need to show up? How consistent are we at following through?
Think about what is going to matter to you in 3-4 years. What goals are you going to have wished you worked extremely hard towards? Where do you want to be? Take the time now to outline your plan, and show up.
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