Over the weekend I listened to a Tim Ferriss Show interview with Christopher Sommer, former US national team gymnastics coach. Towards the end at 1:22:45 Tim read a portion of an email that Coach Sommer sent him when he was struggling with his own training. I thought that it was so good that I stopped and transcribed it:
Dealing with the temporary frustration of not making progress is an integral part of the path towards excellence. In fact, it is essential, and something that every single elite athlete has had to learn to deal with. If the pursuit of excellence was easy, everyone would do it. In fact, this impatience in dealing with frustration is the primary reason that most people fail to achieve their goals. Unreasonable expectations time-wise resulting in unnecessary frustration due to a perceived feeling of failure. Achieving the extraordinary is not a linear process. The secret is to show up, do the work, go home. A blue collar work ethic married to an indomitable will. It is literally that simple. Nothing interferes, nothing can sway you from your purpose. Once the decision is made, simply refuse to budge, refuse to compromise.