" Consistency is one of the hallmarks of my career. You knew what you were going to get out of E-Smith every game, every year, no matter if I was 22, 21 or 35 years old." Emmitt Smith
Whatever space you work, train, or compete in, there's one thing that is the toughest to compete against; consistency.
Consistency requires a full commitment, something most people say they have but don't.
Ultrarunner and former Navy Seal David Goggins says, "A warrior is someone who says, 'Hey, I'm here again today!' They put no limit on what is possible."
There's nothing fun about saying, "I'm here again today." If you've committed to something for an extended amount of time you know what I'm talking about.
Whether it's me getting up and writing this email every morning, you showing up for your fifth day in a row to the gym, staying after practice to work on your jump shot, showing up to that class you hate in pursuit of your degree, or even showing up to be a contributing member of your family, it's difficult and a lot of times it sucks.
To continue to push forward, you must achieve a warrior mindset. I define that as a mindset of sacrifice, submitting to something greater than one's self, acceptance of suffering as a means to advancement, and committing to a life of training.
We live in a society that preaches, "Do whatever makes you feel good. Do what makes you happy." That's the worst advice ever.
Do what consistently challenges you. Keep showing up. Work on getting 1% better every single day. It may suck now, but I promise you one day, it will feel better than anything that's ever made you comfortable.