Los Angeles Clippers star, Blake Griffin, said "My college coach told me you have to fall in love with process of becoming great." You notice his coach didn't say falling in love with the idea of being great, that's a dream.
Being the best at anything is the hardest thing you’ll ever do. There is no such thing as an overnight success. Mastery, greatness, becoming the best takes years and years of deliberate practice.
Deliberate practice is defined by Geoff Colvin in the book, Talent is Overrated, as “Activity designed specifically to improve performance, often with a teacher/coaches help; it can be repeated a lot; feedback on results is continually available; it’s highly demanding mentally; whether the activity is purely intellectual, such as chess or business related activities, or heavily physical, such as sports; and it isn’t much fun.”
The most notable and difficult part of deliberate practice is, “it isn’t much fun.” Do you think the greatest athletes love training as hard as they do everyday? No. They simply decide to do what most people won't. Instead of dreading the process and thinking about how terrible and exhausting, and even boring training will be, they learn to fall in love with the process of becoming great.
The author of this book Geoff Colvin wrote, "If you set a goal at becoming an expert in your business, you would immediately start doing all kinds of things you don't do now." That goes for any goal worth achieving.
It's fun to dream. It's hard to act. And it's incredibly painful to be the best.