When my sons began playing soccer, they were happy with used soccer cleats.
Soccer was just another fun activity. Something to do with friends. A game.
As they got older, their skills increased. So did their level of commitment.
And so soccer became more than just another activity. It became a focus, with goals and a passion to learn more, to improve skills, to get in better shape …
Then one day used cleats weren’t good enough anymore. They had moved from casual player to serious competitor. They wanted good equipment. New equipment. (Not the $300 professional-quality ones, but not the basic $50 ones either.) Because now it made a difference.
Soccer wasn’t just a hobby anymore.
I think we all need to assess our hobbies now and then: Is there something we’ve gotten serious about (like writing), something we’re ready to take to the next level? If so, maybe it’s time to invest in new cleats.
But only if we’re willing to put forth the effort to make the purchase worth it. So when we decide it’s worth paying for that new camera, or that professional editing software, or that new running outfit we should also decide it’s worth putting forth the effort to use it well. Take the time, do the practice, and don’t keep the results a secret.
Are you still satisfied with used cleats?
Is it time to quit pretending something is still a hobby and commit to spending the time and money to develop those skills and passions–and then use them to make a difference.
What should you be taking to the next level?