I recently read about a certain Navy SEAL instructor who doubles down on winners, not losers. The usual approach when it comes to competition and training is to focus the extra reps, exercise, and hard work on those who are competing at an average or below average level. Instead, this SEAL instructor rewards top performers with more work. His philosophy – when you compete and perform at the highest level, you earn the right to work harder and get even better.

When you’ve given everything you have and put yourself out there, success or fail, you’ve earned the right to take the risk and do it again. Only then will you get better.

  • Until you’ve challenged yourself to learn or try something new, you don’t earn the right to do it again.
  • Until you’ve been rejected, you haven’t earned the right to get better and try and again.
  • Until you’ve fallen flat on your face, you haven’t earned the right to pick yourself back up off the ground, dust yourself off, and try again. Until you’ve bounced back from hardship and adversity, you’re not getting better.

There’s a fear inside all of us that screams at its loudest when we are about to take that final step or leap of faith in trying something new. The fear limits our actions, experiences, results and, over time, our beliefs.

Over time, our beliefs shape our results, and our beliefs are most influenced by our fears. So, in the end, we allow our fears to dictate our results instead of our potential.

If you don’t practice, you don’t earn the right to get better. If you haven’t earned the right to get better, you haven’t earned the right to experience better results.