• Woody

Achievement: Effort, Courage, and Skill Required

Updated: Feb 14, 2020

Day 352


If you've competed athletically at any truly competitive level, you're familiar with the term 'playing not to lose.' You also know, that is not something a coach brings up when you are playing well. It's an approach that ensures one thing: you certainly aren't going to win.

Achievement isn't born from attention directed at avoiding failure. The only way to avoid making mistakes is to do nothing, and doing nothing doesn't get you any closer to excellence.

A pursuit of excellence should be the goal, no matter the task. Whether you are a dishwasher or a rocket scientist, be an excellent one.

The path to excellence is found in daily improvement. As you improve, you are more prepared to succeed, more likely to perform exceptionally, and in a better position to win.

As a by product of your improvement, failure will occur less often, and mistakes will become more scarce. Adversity will strike, you will undoubtedly screw something up, but your pursuit of improvement, your search for excellence, will arm you with the tools necessary to overcome and succeed nevertheless.

Playing not to lose is no way to play.

Spending an inordinate amount of time focused on avoiding mistakes is no way to live.

Avoidance is defined as lack of action or activity, or even more simply, inaction.

Achievement is defined as a thing done successfully, typically by effort, courage, or skill.

It seems like a simple choice. But for many, the proper choice is too difficult a task. It requires effort you aren't willing to give, accompanied by courage and skill that you may not possess. Effort costs you nothing. With a little bit of it, the enterprising person can earn the other two.

Give it your all.

Be Brave.

Play to win.

Seek out opportunities to learn and grow daily.

Strive for excellence.


Do nothing.

Achieve nothing.

and live a sedentary life going nowhere.

It's up to you.



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