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This episode is part of a monthly series that I have dubbed “Motivation Monday.”

(Yes, I know, very creative of me. What can I say, I’m a genius…)

Seriously though, the idea here is simple:

One Monday every month, I’m going to post a short and punchy episode that I hope gets you fired up to tackle the workouts, work, and everything else that you have planned for the week ahead.

As we all know, it’s one thing to know what you want to do, but it’s something else altogether to actually make yourself do it, and I hope that this series gives you a jolt of inspiration, energy, and encouragement to get at it.

So, if you like what you hear, then make sure to check back for the latest and greatest installment.

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When somebody tells you about their dreams of making it big in Hollywood or building the next killer app or stretching for some other distant brass ring, what are you supposed to say? The universe has your back. Dare greatly. You’re a badass, so you probably do. Most of us do most of the time. Now, what are we never supposed to say?

We are never supposed to say something like, is there really a market for that? Have you done your due diligence or, that sounds unnecessarily complicated. Might there be an easier way to get started and definitely not. Let me be indelicate here. That idea sucks. Moist demons sphincter. You should go back to the drawing board.

Why is that? Why? Are we supposed to humor someone who says they want to be a musician, but really only wants fame? Or someone who says they want to be a writer but never writes? Or someone who says they want to succeed in business but hasn’t read a single book on entrepreneurship. Why are we supposed to take such blarney?

Seriously? Aren’t we just doing people a disservice when we urge them to make half minded commitments to half baked? Plans. Here they are, their ship sitting safely in the harbor, looking to venture out into the great unknown. Why should we wink at the holes in the hole? The tears in the rigging and the rot in the rations instead of blowing.

The whistle, this shoe fits on the other foot too. Why would we want people to indulge our delusions instead of probing our motives and our methods? Why would we want to be comforted rather than challenged? Why would we want a participation trophy rather than a W? Why would we want to fake it and fail when we can just make it.

Instead now, people have been saying for ages that you can do whatever you can dream of. Maybe, maybe not. Can you make it as a professional golfer if you can’t average at least 275 yards off the T? No, you can’t. Can you become a multimillionaire CEO E O if you can’t consistently work the kind of hours that crush most people?

Doubtful. Can you get good enough at anything? To really make your mark without putting in at least a thousand or two hours of deliberate practice. Unlikely. My point is, while excellence does require hitching your wagon to a star, remember that dreaming isn’t doing and doing isn’t. Arriving. You have to think big, do big, and then keep thinking and doing big until you win big.

There is just no other way and there’s no other feeling quite like it. It truly is the only good fight there is. All right. Well, that’s it for this episode. I hope you enjoyed it and found it interesting and helpful. And if you did and you don’t mind doing me a favor, please do leave a quick review on iTunes or wherever you’re listening to me from in whichever app you’re listening to me in.

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