We all have goals, dreams, and ambitions some achieve them some fall short. The ability to take pride in what you do is what will inevitably set you apart from the rest and will allow you to reach those goals. To many times people quit because they don’t take pride in what they do. They hit a bump in the road and they quit because they were more concerned with the outcome of what could have been instead of taking the time to enjoy the process of getting there.
Quitting is the easiest thing in the world to do, it takes no real effort to quit. Quitting becomes a habit though and if you start quitting on things now it will affect you and the people around you for the rest of your life. The thing you have to understand is, taking pride in what you do will set you up for success in anything you do. My father told me one time when I was considering quitting football when I was about 14 years old. I wanted to hang out with my friends and I sure as hell didn’t want to spend 2-3 hours everyday practicing. He told me “you started this so you will finish it, we don’t quit.” At the end of the year he said I didn’t have to pursue it if I didn’t want to but that I had to finish out the season.
My dad had and always will have a way with words that without fail hits home for me. This is the same guy that worked all day and all night, to provide for us with everything we needed. So he didn’t have to say much he lead by example in everything he did, but when he did talk I listened. My whole life I watched that man do all kinds of thing and when he did something he worked his ass off to get it done and be the best he could at it. Whether it be his job, yard work, golf, etc.. he gave it everything he had.
You see for him it wasn’t about anything else other than he took pride in everything he did and he instilled that in me. The problem I see with people today is they get involved with something and if it doesn’t go the way they want it to or if it is harder than they thought it would be they quit. Its a society of entitlement meaning that people think if they just show up they deserve what it is they are reaching for. Instead of working hard to earn it. I set out on this powerlifting journey to be the best in my weight class and although this year didn’t go as planned for me I know that if I keep putting in the work and being consistent with my actions that I will achieve what I want. It may take me 10 years to get there, but for me its not about the outcome its about the process and the journey that it will take to get there. If you get to caught up in the outcome than you start to miss out on the great things that go on in your day to day journey. Would you still do what you do if the accolades were not there? Take pride in what you do and wake up every day with a sense of urgency to be the best version of you you can be day in and day out.