When your goal is to achieve an elite level of success, you must make it 100% of your focus. This will make your life “unbalanced.” Accept it if you want to be great.
This is the most important secret to success: lock yourself onto your destination and eliminate any possibility of not getting there. Make your goal the core essence of your existence. Fix your focus 100% onto your desired outcome and the process of achieving it.
Let nothing stop you from training toward your goal, short of a crippling injury or major life trauma. And as you’ll see below, not even that is enough to stop some highly motivated individuals.
A lot of people are afraid of making this kind of commitment. They don’t fear failure so much as they’re simply unwilling to sacrifice certain parts of their lives. This isn’t a bad thing as such, and most people reading this probably don’t have the kind of aspirations that demand heavy sacrifices. Nothing wrong with that. If everyone was exceptional, no one would be.
For those few who do aspire to the highest level, you need to understand that greatness comes at a high price. The price is the time and energy that you can’t devote to the other aspects of your life.
We all have the same 24 hours in the day and the choice of where to focus our attention. There’s no way you can focus on your work, family, personal development, friends, and on your training.
Yes, you can achieve balance, and as I said, this isn’t a bad goal. All I’m saying is that you can either be balanced or you can be great. You shouldn’t expect both at the same time.
I can already hear the murmurs. “you have to keep a balance in your life to move ahead. How can you say balanced people can’t be great?”
My response is, show me one great person who achieved balance at the time of their greatness. To be in the top 10% of anything requires a selfish, fanatical drive that most people will never understand, let alone possess. Maybe there’s someone somewhere who can be great at everything, but I haven’t seen it.
What I have seen are people who would give their all to be the best at the one thing they’re pursuing, at the expense of everything else. No way are they attaining anything close to balance in their lives.
If you want to be successful, you will rearrange your priorities and put your focus where it belongs: on the one thing you want to obtain. Results will follow.
Aspire to Inspire.