To Stay At The Top, You Need to Keep Working

4 Dec

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I never thought I’d be one to like sports, but hey, things happen.

Yes, thanks to my boyfriend’s weirdly intense obsession- I’ve become a die hard Alabama Football fan.

So unless you live under a rock, you’re aware of the fact that the University of Alabama lost this weekend to Auburn.

And now- because I’m admitting this- you also know that I was in tears all weekend.

In a nutshell, Alabama was well on their way to winning 3 consecutive National Championships.

They were well on their way to making history.

They’d been at the top for so long, but this game, sadly, ended their winning streak.

And broke my heart in the process.

When I think about their season this year, I can’t help but wonder just how badly they wanted to keep winning.

I can’t help but wonder if they really understood what it would take.

That in order to stay at the top, they’d  have to keep working at it- even harder than before.

Even harder than they may have wanted to.

Think about it…

It’s awesome when we reach our goals.

It’s awesome when we’re successful.

We get a promotion…we’re proclaimed an expert in our field…we win that National Championship.

It’s wonderful, and we celebrate, and we’re proud of ourselves for having achieved these things.

We made it.

We’re at the top.

Life is good.

But it’s whether or not we continue working just as hard AFTER our success…

That’s what determines how long we stay there.

So we can’t get comfortable.

We can’t just ride on our past success.

Instead, we need to keep moving forward…keep making progress…

Otherwise, we’ll lose it.

So the next time you find yourself in a great position…the next time you’re excited because you’ve reached your goal…

Ask yourself, “Do I want to keep this?”

And if you do, prepare yourself to work harder than you ever have.

Because that’s what it takes to stay on top.

The commitment to keep on pushing.

And on a side note,


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6 Responses to “To Stay At The Top, You Need to Keep Working”

  1. millennialonthemove December 4, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    Hey Kayla, I love this! It’s so important not to give up once you’ve reached your goals and to always push for more. Sorry to hear about Bama. I’m a Penn State alum, but I’ve always secretly loved yelling “Roll Tide!” 😉

    I wrote a similar post today about maintaining a healthy lifestyle after you’ve reached your weight or activity goals — check it out!

  2. columbusraquel December 4, 2013 at 11:26 pm #

    Reblogged this on columbusraquel and commented:
    Although I detest Alabama and could not be more thrilled that Auburn won, (because let’s face it: Auburn winning helped move OSU into the top two and puts us on track to play in the national championship) remembering how essential hard work is to maintaining success is valuable to anyone and everyone.

  3. The Passion Hunt December 6, 2013 at 12:43 am #

    Uh oh! I guess I live under a rock! 😉 Or in Canada… That valid? 🙂 Fun post!

  4. Melissa Boles December 6, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    Kayla, this post is awesome. I’m a huge Alabama fan. Roll Tide, y’all!

    I like it so much that I included the post in my first weekly round up for Ask the Young Professional. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!

  5. angelamalagon December 9, 2013 at 8:02 am #

    Reblogged this on Angela Malagon.

  6. smalltown twentysomething May 16, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

    Roll Tide! 🙂 Do you live in Alabama?!

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