“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s true determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal—a commitment to excellence—that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” Mario Andretti

The Sweet Spot

  • Find your motivation: You have to want it, want it so bad you will never give up, so bad you are ready to sacrifice your time, sleep, friendships, and even your reputation.
  • Be your own toughest critic: While moments of inspiration do exist, great work is, for the most part, painstaking and cannot happen without the most severe (and constructive) self-criticism.
  • Beware the Dark Side: Turn failures into opportunities and never let them fester into bitterness. The worst kind of blame ignores your own faults. Changes cannot be made without recognizing one’s own faults.
  • Identify your limitations…then conquer them: Everybody has weaknesses. Try to pinpoint them and seek ways to fix them or work around them. The more you allow a limitation to control your life, the less you will grow.
  • Delay gratification and resist contentedness: We are conditioned to gratify our impulses immediately…transcend these impulses and have patience; the final reward is greater. Furthermore, never be content with your skills…always seek to improve yourself.
  • Find a mentor: Find someone who will support you and your endeavors. Do not expect them to always be on your side, because a true mentor will be honest with you in order to help you grow.
  • Ask questions: Asking questions promotes healthy growth and opens the door for us to better react to new demands.
  • Organize: Being organized will make your life effective and efficient. All of our best work occurs through an organized method, whether we recognize it or not.
  • Master your objectives: To master something is to be more than competent. Know what you are doing to the point of true self-confidence, but ALWAYS strive to be better.
  • Know how you think: Knowing how you think has a profound effect on how you handle adversity. Understand yourself so you can better understand how to effectively deal with your daily struggles.

Short-term intensity cannot replace long-term commitment: many crucial changes take place over long periods of time. Physiologically, it is impossible to become great overnight.