051 - get your butt in the arena and stop watching from the sidelines...

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
- Theodore Roosevelt

This quote by Teddy Roosevelt always puts things into perspective for me - it always brings me back in alignment with what matters most and fills me with a sense of gratitude - as I get to set foot in the arena each day, and that's something to be grateful for

There are far too many YA + A's today who can and will talk the talk, but fail miserably when it comes to taking action and walking the walk...

Let your actions do your talking for you, and take no heed of what others are saying about you, your efforts, or your results. What matters most is that you've dared to set foot in the arena, and are fighting for what you desire most in life

Each and every day set foot in your arena with an intention, and leave everything you have that day in there, no matter how much it is - as that's all anyone and yourself could ever ask of you

And if you're not currently in the arena, if you're a spectator simply saying things instead of taking action, get your butt down those steps and into the arena and DO THE WORK...

Actionable Tips + Questions:

  • Am I currently a spectator, letting my words do the talking, or am I down in the arena, letting my actions do my talking? If I'm a spectator, how can I shift this today? What's the one thing I can do today to begin letting my actions do the talking and develop and improve myself as an athlete and person?
Nick Maier