On “act like you've been there before”


Act like you've been there before.

You usually hear this criticism from some guy sitting on the couch as he watches someone else perform at a level he knows he can never reach. The guy who's never been there thinks he knows how someone else should act.

The guy on the couch doesn't know the work it takes to score that touchdown or to make the game-winning buzzer beater. The watcher sees only an event that looks like any other. He takes the moment for granted.


Because he didn't put the time in. He didn't push through the self doubt and insecurity. He didn't see how close this effort came to failure. And if he did, he doesn't care, because it's not his butt on the line paying the consequences.

Success is not the default. It is the exception. And sometimes, it's not about the event itself.

It's not about how you defeated the opposition in front of you.

It's about how you beat the opposition inside you.

If you've ever been in a rut, then you understand the importance of momentum. And how difficult it can be to create.

A great streak starts with one success. That first win may be the spark that sets up a long string of wins.

And yeah—maybe that guy in the end zone has been there before.

But there's no guarantee he'll be there again. So yeah, he shouldn't feel bad about celebrating his win.

By the way, I'm not the only one who see it this way. So does Bill Belichick.


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This post is by Jake LaCaze and originally appeared on blog.jakelacaze.com.