As a coach, I am often required to push a player outside of their comfort zone, to demand of them more than they are willing to demand of themselves. I am certain my attitude at times comes across as brisk and maybe cavalier. Players will consider me overbearing, unjustified in my criticisms, rude in my delivery and overall putting them through hell on earth.
Good. I hope when our players look back on the time they spent in our program they don't reflect on the wins or the losses but instead focus on the difficulties they needed to overcome in the journey. I tell our players I am more concerned with them setting low expectations and hitting them then I am with them failing to hit high expectations. If you set your goals high enough you will have to go through brick walls to achieve them.
"Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts"
There is nothing strange about suffering as a Christian because “all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Tim 3:12) so “do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you” (1 Pet 4:12-14). What Peter and Paul are saying is that everyone who lives a godly life in Christ will be persecuted so don’t think it’s strange and it’s unique to you alone. The surprise would be that if you are a Christian and you have never suffered for Christ’s sake.
Life is not meant to be easy and it is your ability to pursue truth and take personal responsibility over your actions which will drive your success more than any other factors. Jesus told us that he is the way and the truth and the light (John 14:6) and that the truth shall set us free (John 8:32). So, God has set the goals and they are lofty. He calls on us to grind daily to meet them and to push through all that might stand in our way. So, let me ask you a question, "What in Hell do you want?" I pray the answer is nothing! Therefore, when passing through Hell ... keep going!