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What Would Happen if you Had a “Giving Up is Not an Option Attitude?”

If there is one thing that the last 13 years of entrepreneurship (and life) have taught me is, we only get good if we’re consistent.

With everyone searching for the hack or shortcut, we should be focused on putting the time in. Sure, getting a tip will make us more efficient and better, but 10,000 hours to mastery is 10,000 hours to mastery.

When we first start out doing something, we’re usually pretty terrible.

Watching my son, Sauryn learn to walk right now is the best. It’s such a great reminder. He’s now 2-weeks into his walking adventure and he falls all the time. Sometimes he falls really hard too. It can be painful to watch.

But he’s persistent. Giving up or quitting is not an option for him.

He’s 100% committed to walking.

So why is it as we get older, that giving up becomes such an easy copout?

“I guess I’m not good at X, Y, Z, so I might as well give up and go back to scrolling Facebook…”

What would happen if you were more baby-like? What would change in your life if you had a, “giving up is not an option attitude?”

I became fairly successful in the meditation world, because I led more than 500 circles in two and a half years. There were many times where I was struggling to pay the bills and I’d only have 1 or 2 people show up for a class. But every time that happened, I’d ask myself, “Am I going to give up because of this? Or am I going to show up and serve in the best way I can for these people?”

Those meditation circles eventually led to my online courses, which have now circulated to 40+ countries. Had I quit because of my expectations that “There should be more people at my classes,” then I never would have made the impact I have in the world, nor would I have created this epic lifestyle I now get to live.

Let’s take golf for instance. When I first started, I was awful. I could barely hit the ball. But I became passionately obsessed with the game. I lived my summers on the golf course, going around and around the course.

I now get to play 200-250 rounds per year and because of that consistency, I’ve gotten good enough to start competing in pro tournaments. I’m not winning, but I sure am showing up and giving it my best. I figure, if I keep practicing, playing everyday and showing up, then I probably will win. But that’s not the motivation for me.

The reason my team and I are creating revolutionary online courses in the eLearning industry, is because of the 5-years of insane growth we put into our craft before getting to where we are now. When we first started shooting videos with green screen, they looked pretty amateurish, but after shooting more than 100, we’ve gotten pretty damn good at it.

Same as with writing. I have written more than 500 blogs over the years. When building The Great eCourse Adventure, I wrote more than a hundred scripts that merged comedy, art, creativity and boring business stuff. It was a huge stretch, but by the end of building the course, we really improved our script writing abilities. 

The point to this story is, the reason anybody gets good at something, is because they immerse themselves in the thing they get good at.

In order to immerse ourselves in something, we need to create the space for it.

In order to create space, we need to prioritize our lives.

We need to drop the “should to’s and have to’s” and rearrange our realities to focus on doing the “Want to’s!”

So the question is, what do you want to be great at?

If you were to wipe your schedule as clean as you possibly could, how much time could you devote to that thing?

What would you be willing to shift, sacrifice, let go of or drop on a dime to make more space for that thing?

For me, with my passion for golf. I wake up at 4AM everyday to get play.

Sure, I generally only get 5-6ish hours of sleep per night. But for me, at this stage of my life, it’s worth it. It feeds my soul, it clears my mind and brings joy to my heart everyday. For me, that’s a million times more valuable than a couple extra hours of sleep.

Again. What do you want to dedicate 10,000 hours to in the next 10-20 years? What if you started today, where could you imagine yourself being in a decade from this moment? Picture that. Answer below.

PS – the banner pic for this article is Sauryn’s first time eating spaghetti. I think he did a damn fine job!