I really enjoy being a part of the 4.30 am club. A fun name I’ve dubbed for the early risers that show up at opening time at the gym and absolutely crush it.
Quick side note - The reason I selected that gym was because it was the one that opened earliest around town + was the one furthest away from my bed!
Over the last three years I’ve enjoyed observing who ‘shows up’ consistently, who stays, and emerges..
In recent months whilst writing this I observed a new member who started showing up quite early and consistently. He kept it going through summer and winter.
Recently he shared how he’s getting over the hill on the initial ‘start – up’ phase and come to a fundamental insight.
He basically shared how:
The journey of potential has only just begun and one that requires continued practice.
Here is how Leonard, author of ‘Mastery’ frames ‘practice’…
“A practice (as a noun) can be anything you practice on a regular basis as an integral part of your life—not in order to gain something else, but for its own sake... For a master, the rewards gained along the way are fine, but they are not the main reason for the journey. Ultimately, the master and the master’s path are one. And if the traveler is fortunate—that is, if the path is complex and profound enough—the destination is two miles farther away for every mile he or she travels.”
Imagine holding a long-term goal you are working towards. Becoming so committed to it such that you want the added miles on to make the destination that bit further!
That’s commitment. Real commitment.
To get there…keep practicing, make it an ‘integral part of your life’.
p.s. guess what’s going to happen anyway when you reach a goal or milestone? You’re going to want to create another (because your potential ain’t done yet).