In writing, they call it the creative process. In business, they call it design thinking. In sports, they call it two-a-days, lifting, training and practice. All three of these things are the same, however. They are all ways of doing things. It’s called: the hard way.
And the results are game-changing. In writing, it could be a poem that resonates so closely with someone they recognize themselves in your words. This one really spoke to me, they’ll say. In business, it could be an idea that’s so intuitive everyone fails to realize it already exists. Until you call it innovative. In sports, it could be winning a championship. Twice.
Before any of these things are achieved, however, you have to go through a series of tests. In writing, it’s called sitting down to write and wrestling with emotions you have yet to form words for. In business, it’s called solving problems. In sports, it’s called the 1.5 mile run, bench pressing 155 pounds, back injuries and winning and losing games before the big game. Each of these scenarios force you to stretch, break, and repair. Failing again and again until you become more efficient and make sense. In writing, it’s called stringing two sentences together. In business, it’s called consulting. In sports, it’s called teamwork. In life, it’s called relationships.
And it is so easy to give up. Resting is required, for sure.
But there is something visceral about digging deep to accomplish these things. It has nothing to do with what you want to achieve, however. It has everything to do with being able to tell yourself, “I told you so,” when you finally do. I told you, that you could to do it. I told you, that you’d be able to make it through. I told you. Thank God you listened. Because I knew it, I knew it, I knew it all along.
That’s what it sounds like to believe beyond all doubt. In writing, it’s reading. In business, it’s a hand shake. In sports, it’s a high five. Each of these things are silent actions. All powerful in the presence they create, multiplied by the connections they make.
As long as I can remember, I’ve been living life the hard way. And it’s been one hell of a ride.