Michael Jordan said:
“Maybe it’s my fault. Maybe I led you to believe it was easy when it wasn’t. Maybe I made you think my highlights started at the free throw line, and not in the gym. Maybe I made you think that every shot I took was a game winner. That my game was built on flash, and not fire. Maybe it’s my fault that you didn’t see that failure gave me strength; that my pain gave me motivation. Maybe I led you to believe that basketball was a God given gift, and not something I worked for, every single day of my life. Maybe I destroyed the game. Or maybe, you’re just making excuses.”
Practice makes perfect
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We often think that many people are lucky for having what they have or for being where they are. Sometimes we only focus on all the achievements of the person, and never on their struggles. For successful people to be where there are, they have encountered many obstacles that many of us ignored. Personally, everything that I have achieved has taken an extra effort in the field.
For successful people to succeed, they needed to practice and practice and practice, over and over again. To be able to hit a target, many arrows need to be thrown. And practice will make an expert. Failures come attached with success. Failures are nothing other than lessons that make us better in our next decision. My revised mistakes are the ones that have helped me to be able to “hit the target.”
Some people say that I’m a great motivator. I don’t like it, and the reason is because a motivator sounds like a clown imitation. Pain is my real motivation. I noticed that pain makes people aware of their surroundings. In my view, I understand what Michael Jordan means with “my pain gave me motivation.”
Emotional and physical pain has helped me grow. When I was in emotional pain, that was when I grew the most spiritual, professional and mentally strong. And it seems that more I read about successful people, the more I understand that pain is a real motivator.
You still need to work hard
People who have left a mark in this world, such as Michael Jordan or Albert Einstein, they have because they work for it, “every single day of their life.” Albert Einstein said, “It’s not that I’m so smart. It’s just that I stay with problems longer.” Also, Steve Jobs added that people who have changed the world are not smarter than we are. Thomas Edison is famously quoted as saying, “I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”.
All we need to do is be passionate and love what we do. My point here is that nothing is a “God given gift.” We need to work for it if we want it! We need to do the extra work from the average people to get the extra results that the average people don’t get.
Sometimes someone will say something as simple as, “Aren’t you happy you are alive?” And this sentence is so deep it really falls deep into our hearts and makes us feel motivated to change our life.
There are no excuses
Exercise needs motivation. You need to feel that you want to change your life, to be able to do every session that you need to attend to be healthy. Schwarzenegger explains, “If you are motivated enough, you will find a way to make sure you get in your training sessions, no matter what. If you don’t find the time, if don’t do the work, you don’t get the results.”
According to him, the Pope, presidents and actors, who he considers the busiest men in the world, make time to stay fit. He also mentions that there are different studies to support that we waste more time in other unfruitful activities.
Let me put it another way. If you want to lose weight, get toned or have a healthy body, the only way to do it is by motivation and dedication. Let’s stop making excuses and get active by practicing all that we know to get to our “dream body.” This is the only way to succeed in our journey to get fit and healthy.
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