Aug 15, 2018
What is the most important element in training?
Showing up. It is also the most difficult. Showing up, doing the work, day after day after day. When it's hot, when it's cold. When it's raining. When you're tired. When you'd rather be somewhere else, doing something else. Showing up is what makes the difference. In other words, consistency is key.
When I am helping someone train for an event, whether it is a 5k or a marathon, rule number one is to follow the schedule. This is another way of saying, "show up and do the work". No matter what you want to do, accomplishing any goal requires consistent effort, even when you don't feel like it. Over time, consistent effort - simple disciplines - compound into success. Success is the natural result of showing up and working hard.
The only way to begin training for a marathon, is to start with that first mile. That is your starting place. From that point on, you build on that mile with consistent, daily effort, increasing your strength along with your mileage.
The same truth applies to anything else you want to achieve. You have to start and you must continue, until it is done, showing up and doing the work.Many people are not willing to do this. They are not willing to hang in there and do the work, day after day. Success rarely comes easily or happens overnight. Success comes after you plan your work and work your plan.
What is your goal?
Do you have a plan?
Are you willing to take the steps to work your plan and reach your goal? Are you ready and willing to put forth the daily effort that is required? Are you ready to show up?
When you're ready, do it. Show up. Do the work. Don't stop until it's done. Be willing to do what others are not willing to do.
Keep showing up. It's worth it.