I hear this all the time, “Bo, I can’t do what you’re asking me to do because I don’t have your kind of focus or I don’t have your discipline.” And then they just decide they don’t have focus and discipline—and that’s it.
The fact of the matter is I don’t have any more focus than you do. I don’t have any more discipline than you do. This is what stops people. This is why people’s dreams don’t get to come true and it’s one word: shame. It’s shame because they’re focused on their dream for a few moments or an hour or a day and then they fall off the horse, right? So they get off track and they’re so ashamed of themselves for losing focus that their dream just dissipates.
It’s shame that stops you from living your dreams. That’s the only difference between us. I’m not ashamed of getting distracted because I know that’s part of the game and I accept it.
You’re only job—minute-to-minute, hour-to-hour, and day-to-day—is that you get your butt back on course. You’re always going to be off course. Surrender to it. Don’t be ashamed of it. Certainly don’t beat yourself up over it. Everyone falls off the horse. Your job is to get back on and keep riding. You’re off then you’re on. You’re off then you’re on. You’ve just got to remember what you’re committed to. The whole world is trying to get you to sit down and distract you from your dreams. Once that happens, you’re working for them; not for you.
You can follow your dreams for 10 years, for 15 years, for 20 years, knowing you’re going to be off course much of the time, as long as you do your job.