“What’s the difference between the best athletes and everyone else?”.

Learning with Lisa Tan

Timely for those following the current Tokyo Olympics! 😄🏊‍♀️🏋️‍♀️🏃‍♂️

So the author of Atomic Habits, James Clear, shared in his book that he was talking to an elite coach who trains Olympians. Clear asked the coach- “What’s the difference between the best athletes and everyone else?”.

The coach mentioned some factors: genetics, luck, talent. But he also said something else – “At some point it comes down to who can handle the boredom of training every day, doing the same lifts over and over and over.”

People who are at the best in their fields feel the same lack of motivation as everyone else. The difference is that they still find a way to show up and grind it out despite the boredom.

Mastery requires practice. But. The more you practice something, the more boring and routine it becomes.

The greatest threat to our success is not failure, but boredom.

No habit will stay interesting forever. At some point, everyone faces the same challenge on the journey of self improvement: you have to fall in love with boredom.

We all have goals that we would like to achieve and dreams that we would like to fulfill. But it doesn’t matter what you’re trying to become better at, if you only do the work when it’s convenient or exciting. If so, you will never be consistent enough to achieve remarkable results.

Thought the above was meaningful! That small things add up. That consistency matters. It doesn’t matter how brilliant you are, if you cannot commit to the grind.

Of course, practise self-care and self love but try your best. And you’ll be at your best. Showing up is half the battle won.

Source: Atomic Habits by James Clear



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