Matthew's Mind

Your wings already exist. All you have to do is fly.

“I don’t know how much longer I can do this.”

That’s what someone mumbled at me walking into the Crossfit gym today at 5:25am. Like a few of us, it was his third consecutive morning (Wednesday) of getting up early and beating himself up in the gym to improve. But hearing that I thought,

“I can do this all day. Every day. For years.”

Because I realize I wasn’t born with world-class athletic genes. I’m not the most naturally gifted mind. There’s a decent chance your IQ is higher than mine. Silver spoons weren’t in our cupboards growing up. And I still can’t find a place I’ve succeeded that came “easy”.

But somehow, somewhere I picked up the habit of stick-to-itiveness. At the risk of sounding arrogant, if I’m passionate and focused on something, I believe I can “out-consistency” nearly anyone. Hour by hour, month after month, year over year. If it means enough to me, I’ll find a way to show up more often with more passion than anyone, to eventually make up for lesser natural born talents.

Through 34 years of life exploration, I’ve discovered that single trait as something I depend on.

What about you? Through your own experience, what trait(s) do you possess that are your go-to advantages? Naturally gifted or not, what makes you succeed where others fail? Inside that answer lies your long term certainty and success. It’s where your confidence is built and you thrive.

“I can do this all day. Every day. For years.”

With you, on this path together.

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