Explaining why he's working so hard to reach a new level, a student said to me, "There's no other choice... period!"
This player isn't focused on what-if he doesn't make it. He's absolutely convinced there's no other option. He doesn't have a backup plan, "just in case..." He has 100% belief that success will be a real part of his future. In his mind, his goals have already been reached. All that's left is to see how they're going to unfold.
The details of his work ethic scream at him every morning when his alarm sounds before 6:00. There's no other choice! He must wake up that early and get his workout in, because he can't afford to allow his opponents to jump out of bed earlier. The other day, he was practicing at 6:30 am with only one other player in the entire practice facility. This "other player" just happened to be a Top 10 player in the world in that specific sport. I'd say he gets it. To be the best, he knows he must do what the rest aren't.
He completely changed his diet, as he attempts to reshape his body from the inside-out. There's no other choice! We communicate every day, focusing on his mental improvements and the soon-to-be improvements. He doesn't stop asking questions about how to reach the 1%. He won't quit stepping towards that next level. He has no other choice! To be the best, he knows he must risk what no one else is willing to risk. He understands his comfort zones need to be destroyed.
This student sends me a text each morning at 6, reminding me that he's working ... challenging me to get my butt out of bed. "Rise and shine, Bigg Dogg" is his good morning to me. As I'm wiping the sleep out of my eyes, he's already been up for an hour ... there's no other choice, period!