Success: Magic Pill or Magic Will?

As I typically do, I went for a run today and let me tell you what...it was amazing. My mind and body felt great and I was experiencing a pure state of bliss. I can count on one hand how many times this has occurred during my runs. There was little to no pain and I felt like I floated for 9 miles. I always do my best thinking while running and on days like this when I'm not worrying about the pain that comes with pounding pavement, I experience some pretty unique thoughts.


This afternoon I was picking off miles at paces I could've never touched a year ago and it felt effortless. As this was occurring I started examining everything it took to get to this moment running down the street: The identity transformation after losing football, the health issues that came with my concussions, the 140 pound weight loss, and the thousands of miles it took to be able to run at the level I did today.


I don't like giving myself credit, but there were a lot of hurdles I had to overcome to get to where I'm currently at in my life. When I look back at all the obstacles and every effect that came with them it can at times be overwhelming. I'm not saying I've overcome more than everyone in the world. There's obviously millions of people who have had to battle through a lot tougher times, but everyone that achieves something unthinkable has a common trait.


I spend a lot of time searching for motivational speakers, military veterans, athletes, and anyone with an uncommon story of success to figure out what's their secret. While everyone of these individuals has a different story of defeating adversity and theory on achievement, they all share one common trait: Magic Will.


In my mental dictionary, magic will is defined as a relentless desire to overcome any type of adversity on the path to success. I'm a believer in the ideology that there isn't one person in the world that doesn't want to be successful. Success is different for every person and despite common beliefs, it doesn't mean you have to be famous and make millions of dollars. In my opinion, success in our lives is doing whatever it takes to reach our goals no matter how big or small. Whatever someone is striving for, attaining it is not easy. Success requires work...an immense amount of work.


The work is what separates people who achieve their goals and those who don't. A lot of people want success through a magic pill, but there is no shortcut to anything. You can't take a pill that turns you into your dreams and that is why there are so many unfulfilled people in the world. Only people with a strong enough will to push through unavoidable difficulties on their path to a goal end up being truly fulfilled.


I thought about the magic will it took to be able to feel like I did today on my run. The process was very difficult, but it was worth every single struggle I encountered and eventually defeated. When you lose the idea that there is a quick solution to a goal, it marks the beginning of your true road to the destination. Once I accepted this fact I started seeing the results. I never thought I could've accomplished what I have thus far in my life, but anything is possible when you're willing to put in the work.


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Tanner Kern is a 22 year content creator and endurance athlete from Connecticut. He is the host of The Tanner Kern Podcast and creator of "It's a Process: My Tips for Becoming the Best Version of Yourself."

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