When I think of going the distance, I think of artists who are tenacious to hone their craft and find success. I think of the athlete who dedicates life to practice for the sport. Business people who apply themselves to create unbounded success in business come to mind. I think of people in relationships who overcome bumps in the road.
It’s easy to watch other people achieve this success, but you can’t look inside them to see their motivations. When I look at what I want, I start to question if I really want that something. If I decide that I do want it, I evaluate to what degree do I want it? Finally, am I willing to go the distance to achieve that goal?
When I think of going the distance, it’s easy to think that equals sacrifice. It can, but that isn’t the crux of the drive. The focus is best when it’s driven by a love of something. Love for the art, the business, the win, not love of self and the praise you’ll receive as a result. Praise and fame are products of your success.
What do all of these things have in common? Choice. These people make a choice to persevere and carry on despite doubt, discouragement, and setbacks. Beyond all of your efforts lies a simple truth my mentor, Rhonda Shasteen, taught me. If it’s meant to be, it will happen.
I hope you make a choice to go the distance today and every day for what you want. Visualize it as absolute truth. Use love to drive you because you can!