It is easy to be ordinary or mediocre, but it take courage to excel, to be different from the crowd. That is why not many people can do it. The rewards are great, but so are the risks. It takes courage to sacrifice; to work long, hard hours when you could be relaxing; to work out when you are tired or sick; to focus on being the best you can be when there are so many distractions; to seek out tough competition when you know you will probably get beaten. It is easy to be average, but it is hard to be the best.
It takes courage to stand by your convictions when all those around you have no convictions.
It takes courage to keep fighting when you are losing.
It takes courage to stick to your game plan and the unrelenting pursuit of your goal when you encounter obstacles.
It takes courage to push yourself to places that you have never been before physically and mentally, to test your limits, to break through barriers.
It takes courage to try to be the very best you can be when others around you settle for mediocrity.
The successful person is the one who continually faces the problems and challenges that life brings - and overcomes them all, no matter what the obstacle.
People have far more courage than they give themselves credit for. When tested, people find they have the courage to look deep into their souls; and do things they never thought possible.
Most people are unaware that they possess this type of courage. Why? Because if they were aware of it, they would have to test it - and that is risky. So most people play it safe and don't risk "going for it". They are afraid of going into the unknown.
There are no guarantees.