You Need to Know What You Want
It seems pretty obvious - but it needs to be said - in order to get what you want, you have to know what you want. Destiny is not a chance - it's a choice. Some people know early on what their destiny is, and they begin to prepare for it.
Ichiro Suziki is one of those people. In August of 2004, the Seattle Mariner's baseball player broke an 84 year old record for most hits in a season. He was only 20 years old when he won his first batting title.
What has made Ichiro great? The answer is so simple. Knowing what he wanted, and knowing what it would take to get there. Ichiro, born in Japan, picked up his first ball and bat when he was 3 years old. When he was eight, he insisted he wanted to play baseball and joined a baseball club. His Dad supported him by becoming the manager. It wasn't good enough for Ichiro because the team only played and practiced on Sundays. He wanted to play everyday.
You Need to Know What It Will Take and then Do It
Everyday of the week you would find Ichiro and his father outside - playing baseball. They practiced together every single day for 4 years, until Ichiro was old enough to join a team that would give him daily playing time. By the time he was in high school he participated twice in “Koshien" - the National High School Baseball Tournament in Japan.
He went professional as soon as he graduated from High School - racking up honor after honor in his Japan homeland. He continued to practice just as hard, determined to be the best by doing his best - every day. The Japanese fans responded by making him an idol.
You Need to Be Willing to Pay the Price
Then a new opportunity presented itself. The Seattle Mariners wanted him. His determination to be the best paid off when the Mariners paid $13 million dollars to bring him to the United States.
In his first year he was named “Rookie of the Year" and “Most Valuable Player of the Year" for the League. He became an instant sensation in America. All the while he kept working hard, focused on being the best he could be, taking nothing for granted. He was where he was because he worked hard. He would continue to work hard. Can you say “Secret"?
In 2004 it all came together under the bright lights of the Seattle Mariners home field when he broke the record George Sisler had held for 84 years. He made 262 hits in just one season. Amazing! The fans went wild - both here and in Japan. Fireworks exploded. His teammates mobbed him on the field.
So, What Do You Want?
It all began for Ichiro when he was just a little boy, determined to be the best by doing his best. Every one of us has that choice to make. You might not have the ability, or the desire, to be a baseball player. But you have a dream. You have something you want to do with your life.
So what is it that you want?
Are you doing what you need to do in order to achieve what you desire? It's said that by continuing to do what you are doing you'll continue getting what you've got. In order to achieve what you want, you must decide to move from your comfort zone to the achievement zone. It's a conscious decision that takes work and commitment.
The choice is yours. Choose to be the best by doing your best. It's a choice you will have to make every day to achieve what you want.
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