It's about being aware of greatness and doing whatever it takes to get there. It's about being drenched in sweat, after 80 minutes, knowing you've given nothing less than your best.
It's about looking your opponent in the eyes, knowing you've out-hustled, out-worked, and out-played them time and time again. And most of all, it's about getting up and winning after you've fallen and no one else thinks you can.
Hard work is a self-willing thing. No one brings the best out of you better than yourself. Only you can ask yourself how much you want it. Only you can ask yourself how much it means to you. And only you can ask yourself if you'll do whatever it takes.
Hard work is about being willing to sacrifice. Sacrifice selfishness, sacrifice laziness, and sacrifice the will to lose. Hard work is never mistaken, but only noticed. Hard work is about realizing what's best for everyone, especially yourself each and every day of your life.
Winning is a team thing. At no time does one player mean less than another. Every single player matters. Every action you do affects others somewhere along the line.
Winning is about seeing a team and realizing that for that season, they are your life. It's about being there for them, it's about seeing them as family and being willing to do whatever it takes. Winning is about spotting the goal and achieving it, not for yourself, but for them.
Winning is the number one outcome of success and hard work.
Do whatever it takes.
Copyright © 2006 Cara Grippa
I worte this last year during a sports season.