John Maxwell in his video series Today Matters says,
“In life, we typically overestimate the event and underestimate the process.”
The students didn't understand this. To me, the famous Coach John Wooden expresses the meaning,
“When opportunity knocks, it is too late to prepare.”
So, when you're standing on the free throw line with no time left on the clock and you can tie the game with one shot and win with two, it is too late to work on your free throw shots — you're there.
Champions are made during the preparation process. The true work happens not at the state or national game – although that is very hard – most of the work happens before.
I once heard a man say,
“I spent twenty years preparing to be an overnight success.”
Sometimes when we see success in others it is easy to think that it was easy. Great deeds require great sacrifice.
Everybody wants to ride in the parade, nobody wants to hit the weight room every morning at 5 am.
Day 8 Excellence Challenge
Think about the success you desire.
Are you longing for the outcome or are you realizing that the process of success is what gets you there?
What are you willing to do on a daily basis with no one noticing in order to achieve that success?
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