If you’ve ever wondered whether you were good enough, smart enough, or talented enough to accomplish a goal I have the answer. The answer is yes, yes you can you just lack the discipline and accountability to make it happen. Ever since I was a child, I always believed that if one person can accomplish something then so can I and you can too. When you strip down humans to their bare bones, there are very little, if at all, distinguishing characteristics. So what sets you apart from Steve Jobs, or Bill Gates, or Oprah Winfrey ? Nothing — physically or mentally. Rather, what hinders you is a state of mind coupled with an inability to hold yourself accountable or be disciplined.
When I was in high school, I decided I wanted to be a lawyer. I did not know any lawyers other than knowing that lawyers exist. Even as a child, I knew I could be successful at it without even knowing what it entailed or what I was signing up for. I knew I could be successful at it because it’s been done before. I relied on what I had been learning in athletics. Athletics taught me that the human body can be pushed beyond its conceivable limits by controlling the mind. I learned quickly that the difference between me having a good race day and an average/bad race day was my mentality. The art of controlling my mentality had to begin at every practice. I had to remove the self-doubt, the excuses, and the half-ass effort at practice. Athletics also taught me how useful and impactful routines can be. I created a race day routine that I would do before each race/field event. The routine helped reaffirm my mentality and prepare me from accomplishing what I wanted. Athletics taught me discipline.
When I got to law school, I realized I would only survive if I transferred all that I implemented in Athletics to my curriculum. In law school, you only have one chance to make a good grade and that is the final exam. The final exam became my new race day. Every day leading up to the final exam became practice. As I studied, I worked on my mentality and started creating a race day routine. My routine was simple. I would wake-up early because I did not want to be rushed prior to taking the final. I ate breakfast, then reviewed my note cards. Once I got to school, I found a quiet place to review my note cards some more. There were three songs that I absolutely had to listen to before every exam:
- N****s in Paris — Jay-z Kanye West
- H.A.M — Jay-Z and Kanye West, and
- Go Hard Remix — Jay-Z, Kanye West, and T-Pain.
It sounds crazy, but it worked. My mind was disciplined and there was no way I could fail other than things beyond my control. Fast-forward to today, I am still implementing these habits into my career, blogging, and my fitness journey. I have no limits and neither do you. There isn’t an obstacle that we cannot find a solution for. I truly believe that where there is a will, there is a way. The question is, do you have the will? Do you have the discipline? Will you hold yourself accountable?