“The will to win is not nearly at important as the will to prepare to win.” – attributed to Bobby Knight, John Wooden, & Vince Lombardi; exact source unknown.
If you’re not familiar with Ross Tucker, he’s an NFL expert who hosts a popular podcast, among other things. He’s a smart & funny guy with two young daughters.
I used to listen to him for an hour or two every day when I was a big football fan.
I could always tell that he was a driven man, who put a lot of work into his projects.
Two years later, although I haven’t tuned in to his show, he popped up on Entrepreneur on Fire, a cool business podcast I love.
It turns out that Ross’ businesses have grown tremendously. I’m not surprised.
Ross is an example of a man with abundance in life. He’s flush with happiness & financial success.
But the financial success was the result of him pursuing what he was passionate about.
What does this have to do with you, if you’re at the opposite end of the spectrum, fighting depression, struggling to feel anything at all – much less happiness?
The quote above is about preparation and, what kind of effort & preparation it takes to win a fight.
You’re in a fight. Don’t forget that.
You can’t just wake up and beat depression today.
You have to get eight hours of sleep the night before. You can’t drink any alcohol or do any drugs. You have to take your medication for consistently and never miss a day. You have to go for a walk or exercise every day, even if it’s just a little bit. You have to talk to people about how you are feeling. You have to pick up the phone and ask for help when you need it.
There I listed 6 things you have to be willing to do. But I know that’s not easy when you start from zero.
So pick one, and start doing it today. That’s a win for today.
Maybe tomorrow you can try two, but, always start with one.