There are two types of people in this world: those who work hard and those who don’t.
Falling under the category of those who work hard are:
3. Gigi Hadid
4. Jon Snow
5. Your local pub bar tender
Of course, this list could go on and on…but you get the point.
What these hard workers have in common isn’t just their insatiable desire to keep evolving, but their courage of leaning into the process of life. Even when failure smacks them across the face, they muster up the courage to keep pushing forward.
Super model Gigi Hadid, for example, started out as a no-name model, got rejected from walking in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show TWICE, yet still prevailed to walk her first show when she got called back the third time.
Instead of getting discouraged, she dove face first into the process of improving day in and day out – her walk, her posing, her angles, her confidence.
Now, she is one of the best super models in the world, landing the most covers of Vogue before reaching age 21, and working for clients like Reebok, Tommy Hilfiger, Messika, and Vogue Eyewear.
I know this because I secretly know everything about the fashion industry, if not more than what I know about the soccer performance industry. <— random, I know.
But bringing the conversation back to hard workers, they lean into the process. They realize it won’t always be smooth sailing, yet tweak their habits to move themselves in the direction toward their goals.
This is the one answer to high performance: enjoy the process.
Whether this is in sports, music, bar tending, serving, performing, or modeling, high performance is taking actionable steps each day that compound over time into something magical.
Expounding further, I remember seeing a quote on professional lacrosse player Paul Rabil’s Instagram that said, “high performance is enjoying the process.”
Sure, this may sound like a bullshit hippie statement that you can ponder to over vegan lattes, but it’s so fucking true.
High performance IS the process.
It’s figuring out what doesn’t work.
Then, trying something new.
Then, figuring out what does work.
Then, moving your energy more toward what works.
It’s not always going to be pretty. It’s not always going to happen overnight.
It takes tremendous trial and error.
And I’m a huge believer in gaining confidence through taking action.
Coming back to sports, how do soccer players gain confidence for pre-season fitness? They take action in the off-season. They work on their speed work. They improve their strength. They run anaerobic conditioning runs. They fuel their bodies with healthy foods. They do recovery work on off days.
And these are the daily steps of high performance.
But. These daily steps must be done over the long haul and be morphed into habits for a lifetime.
Sure, the answer to high performance isn’t sexy, but it’s fucking rewarding.
To be able to say you stuck to the grind for a long period of time is huge, and it’s far more commendable than someone who went through the motions for a few weeks like a half-assed loser.
But more importantly, keep enjoying the process.