When you really want results, you have to learn to go into the pain, into the dark spaces, into the blackness.
Happy won’t get you where you want to go. You can’t take your mind away from the pain if you want to achieve. You have to go straight at the pain and enter it. Live it. Breathe it. But I will say you don’t have to love it. (In fact, you’re going to scare me a little bit if you love the pain. I am so not into biting.)
Are you with me here?
When kind, misguided people say “Go to your happy place” in a workout, just tell them NO. Tell them that you won’t settle for happy places and mediocrity. You won’t settle for second best, second place, second banana.
You won’t take what you can get in this life, you’re going to take what you can EARN.
And if that means going into hell, well, okay then. Bring on the dark spaces. Bring on the night. Bring on hell. You’re ready.
Because the world is divided into two kinds of people: achievers and everybody else. It’s that simple. You either achieve . . . or you settle. You compromise. You accept. You give in. You give up.
And you die. A little bit, day by day, “happy place” workout by “happy place” workout. Not just your body, but your soul.
Refuse to let that happen. Don’t be part of some weird science show where one of those flesh-eating bacteria morphed — except now it’s a soul-eating bacteria and it’s called “Good Job” . . . as in “Good job! You suck!”
Don’t do it. Don’t settle. Don’t take good job, good enough, or good to go. Demand better, best, outstanding from yourself. Be willing to pay the price. Sure, every day is not going to be a PR day, but that’s called accepting reality, not accepting mediocrity.
So, want your top performance, no matter what pain or discomfort you have to go through in order to get it from yourself. To you, knowing you did your best has to become more important than feeling good. You can feel good after you finish. Simply want it all. And be willing to walk through the fiery gates of hell to get there.
F*** the Happy Place. Say hello to success.