Just this past week I was speaking with an amateur marathon runner who is looking to take her game to the next level.
She not only wants to better her marathon time this year, she wants to crush the competition and win the Boston Marathon.
I absolutely love coaching people who are all in and will do whatever it takes and that was exactly our discussion.
As soon as I found out her goal I wanted to test how serious she really was, So I gave it to her 100% straight up.
I said "if this is what you truly want you must become obsessed with this goal. You must be willing to do whatever it takes and out work every other person who says they want the same goal as you. If hearing that doesn't inspire the hell out of you, I strongly recommend that you don't get your hopes up."
Of course many of you are probably thinking "what kind of coach are you?"
Well… an honest one.
Before I work with any athletes, it's crucial I get a true understanding of exactly where they are at in their mind before I waste my time giving them information they aren't willing to do.
People love to talk and talk and talk. I've heard it hundreds if not thousands of times before. Someone wants to excel and be the best at what they do, when the truth is they only want to talk about it and aren't willing to put in the work necessary to finish the job.
I want to be clear that I'm not talking about anything other than becoming obsessed with anything and everything to do with that goal.
In Margareete's case, it's crucial she begins to study the detail of every component she is doing.
Measuring and analyzing her sleep patterns to find her perfect sleep timing and put on repeat.
Measuring in analyzing her hydration levels until it's optimized and put on repeat.
Measuring and analyzing her pre-run nutrition intake until it's optimized and put on repeat.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg, but you get the idea.
If you truly want to be the best at something, you must become obsessed.
You must be willing to go above and beyond what others are willing to put in to earn the victory.
Now of course not all of us are looking to run a marathon. The good Lord knows I'm certainly not, but the content of this message is exactly the same for whatever context you decide to dominate in your life.
By the way, one week after our conversation Margareete ran a half marathon and won the race. She is well on her way.
So many of us say we want to be the best at something. That is awesome and I say freaking go for it.
That said if you are serious, you must be willing to do what it takes to match your words with action.
You must become obsessed, or you will simply end up average.
The choice as always is yours.
Have an outstanding inspired rest of your day!