I stumbled across this on Facebook the other day. Normally I just scroll through things like this; it doesn't usually make a huge impact on my day. For some reason though this one stuck when I saw it. I'm not entirely sure why but it just struck a chord with me, and I really liked it. I believe it was the first line that might have done it for me, "I succeed because I am willing to do the things that you are not." I have a lot of changes going on in my life and this line made me think about all the athletes and clients I've worked with over the past couple of years at SAPT. The large majority of which have succeeded or will succeed in the near future. Is this because of me or the other coaches at SAPT? I say no. The coaching staff at SAPT is merely a vehicle our athletes and clients have used to travel on the road to success. It's something they posses within themselves that has gotten them to where they are. As I said SAPT was just the vehicle, it was up to them to turn on the car and drive down the path. The people I look back on and also the ones I currently watch train now have something their peers do not. They succeed because they are willing to do the things their peers are not. They are willing to wake up in the early morning during their summer break to come train hard. They are willing to come in after a long, hard day at work and get after it. They are willing to train through and around injuries. They are willing to hold onto hope that they will get past those injuries, even when it seems like all hope is lost they still do not ever give up. And they are willing and able to understand that success does not happen over night but only through hard, grueling work.
When I think about the kids, teenagers and adults I've worked with I am in awe of their drive, their tenacity and most importantly their heart. I am forever grateful to them for the inspiration and motivation they have given me and the other SAPT coaches. They will never stop getting better, they will never give up... Ever. That is why they succeed.
How will you succeed?