If you're reading this from your desk, you're probably not a professional athlete. But, that doesn't mean that you have nothing in common with your favorite sports heroes. For example, you both have to deal with what performance psychologist James Taylor calls "the Grind," the point at which training (or working) becomes "tiring, painful, and tedious."
"The Grind is what separates successful athletes from those who don't achieve their goals," writes Taylor in Psychology Today. "Many athletes when they reach this point either ease up or give up because it's just too darned hard. But truly motivated athletes reach the Grind and keep on going."