If you’re looking for a little morning motivation look no further than this video. If this doesn’t get you pumped to kick some ass today we don’t know what will. Nike’s ‘Rise and Shine’ video is simply awesome.
Welcome to the grind. We’ve got work to do.
6am and your hand canâ€™t make it to the alarm clock before the voices in your head start telling you that itâ€™s too early, too dark and too cold to get out of a bed.
Aching muscles lie still in rebellion, pretending not to hear your brain commanding them to move.
A legion of voices are shouting their unanimous permission for you to hit the snooze button and go back to dreamland.
But you didnâ€™t ask their opinion.
The voice youâ€™ve chosen to listen to is one of defiance.
A voice thatâ€™s says there was a reason you set that alarm in the first place.
So sit up, put your feet on the floor, and donâ€™t look back because weâ€™ve got work to do.
Welcome to The Grind!
For what is each day but a series of conflicts between the right way and the easy way.
10,000 streams fan out like a river delta before you, each one promising the path of least resistance.
Thing is, youâ€™re headed upstream.
And when you make that choice, when you decide to turn your back on whatâ€™s comfortable and whatâ€™s safe and what some would call â€œcommon senseâ€, well thatâ€™s day 1.
From there it only gets tougher.
So just make sure this is something you want.
Because the easy way out will always be there, ready to wash you away.
All you have to do is pick up your feet.
But you arenâ€™t going to are you?
With each step comes the decision to take another.
Youâ€™re on your way now But this is no time to dwell on how far youâ€™ve come.
Youâ€™re in a fight against an opponent you canâ€™t see.
Oh but you can feel him on your heels canâ€™t ya?
Feel him breathing down your neck
You know what that is?
Your fears, your doubts and insecurities all lined up like a firing squad ready to shoot you out of the sky.
But donâ€™t lose heart.
While they arenâ€™t easily defeated, they are far from invincible.
Remember this is The Grind.
The Battle Royale between you and your mind, your body and the devil on your shoulder whoâ€™s telling you that this is just a game, this is just a waste of time, your opponents are stronger than you.
Drown out the voice of uncertainty with the sound of your own heartbeat
Burn away your self doubt with the fire thatâ€™s beneath you.
Remember what youâ€™re fighting for.
And never forget that momentum is a cruel mistress.
She can turn on a dime with the smallest mistake.
She is ever searching for that weak place in your armor.
That one tiny thing you forgot to prepare for.
So as long as the devil is hiding the details, the question remains, “is that all you got?”… “are you sure?”
And when the answer is “yes”; When youâ€™ve done all you can to prepare yourself for battle then it’s time to go forth and boldly face your enemy, the enemy within.
Only now you must take that fight into the open, into hostile territory.
You’re a lion in a field of lions.
All hunting the same elusive prey with a desperate starvation that says VICTORY is the only thing that can keep you alive.
So believe that voice that says “you CAN run a little faster” and “you CAN throw a little harder” and that, for you, the laws of physics are merely a suggestion.
Luck is the last dying wish of those who want to believe that winning can happen by accident.
Sweat on the other hand is for those who know itâ€™s a choice.
So decide now because destiny waits for no man.
And when your time comes and a thousand different voices are trying to tell you
youâ€™re not ready for it,
listen instead to that lone voice of descent,
that one that says:
you are ready
you are prepared
It’s all up to you now.
So Rise and Shine.