We’ve all got just two choices:
1) Get in the game and play, (or)
2) Give into the game and pretend.
It’s really that black and white…
The “game” = your one and only life that includes your endeavors, your careers, your pursuits, your passions.
Playing the game requires pushing through the inevitable fear and uncertainty that comes with taking roads less-travelled. It comes with a high price tag and can often seem unrewarding and futile.
Pretending is about going through the motions for short-term comfort at the expense of long-term accomplishment. The irony is that pretending appears rewarding at first glance, but is far more costly for most in the long run.
Few folks endure in the face of ongoing opposition, extreme competition, and criticism. Most people eventually give up and give-in when sh*t gets too hard.
Jackson Browne: “…’the Pretender’ is anybody that’s sort of lost sight of some of their dreams… and is going through the emotions of trying to make a stab at a certain way of life that he or she sees other people succeeding at…”
Comparing one’s “success” to someone else’s may just be the most crippling act of all. Unhealthy comparison often turns players into pretenders. Avoid this black hole by taking even more action toward your goals.
“Say a prayer for the Pretender | Who started out so young and strong | Only to surrender” ~ Jackson Browne
To keep anything up ongoing requires a strong enough “why” to get you through the down times. Your reasons for doing anything must be your own and must be owned ongoing or it’s all going nowhere.
Real-world “rock stars” know WHY they’re doing what they’re doing, and have committed to a WAY of life that supports accomplishing their pursuits.
Players don’t pretend; they intend, act, and then ascend.