The Trials Before Your Triumph

How often do you see someone who is successful and just assume that it all came easy for him or her? It is as if whatever they do, attempt, or touch just magically becomes golden. Is it luck, is it just in their genes, or is it something else?

More often than not, you are only seeing the finished product or the results of what could be many years of training, living a disciplined lifestyle, and a lot of hard work that elevated them amongst their peers.

I am always fascinated when I get to witness someone who is so good at something actually do it and they make it look so easy. My geometry and trigonometry teacher in high school was like that. He could work out a proof or equation on the chalkboard and make it look as easy and graceful as an Olympic skier flying through the gates downhill in the giant slalom. It doesn’t matter what you are good at because if you are good at it, it’s going to look easy for you when others see you in action.

Another example that always impresses me is when I get to watch truly fast runners blast around a track, comfortably, and at a pace that would crush me within minutes if not seconds. Seeing those kinds of runners with that kind of speed seeming so at ease and relaxed always tricks me into thinking that kind of speed just comes easily and naturally. But like everything else, it doesn’t. I am only seeing their triumph, not the miles of trials they have put in beforehand.

This truth is universal, if you want to excel at something or if you want to be the top in any field you have to work. A Lot! There will always be trials before your triumph.

Don’t fall for the trap of thinking that success comes easily because it doesn’t. When you see someone doing something amazing, don’t write it off as they are naturally gifted or talented and that is why they are so good. Take a moment to consider the years of hard work they dedicated to get to where they are.

Welcome and embrace your own trials before your triumph as well. It’s the only way for you to get to where you want to go. Don’t believe that you are not able to achieve the phenomenal for yourself because you can. If you want the glory and the triumphs, the respect and adulation, the success and recognition, great, go for it

Just don’t forget about the challenges and hard work that will come first, the trials before your triumph.

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Certified Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado

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