Those moments when no one is watching you make a difficult decision is when you see how strong you really are. It’s difficult, because you’re forced into a place where you can either choose whatever is right, or whatever you can get away with.
That can apply to anything.
Let’s say you want to learn to play drums. On your own. You’re learning to navigate through something you’ve never done before, and you’re not sure how to start.
At first, you can’t even hold the sticks right. You have absolutely no idea what you’re doing, but you to keep going anyways. You hesitate for a moment, but you decide to go for it and lay down a beat. The only problem is, you sound awful. You have no sense of rhythm, and you don’t even know how to keep the tempo.
You essentially have two options: one is to give up and say, “Thank goodness no one was watching me!”, or, you could get a metronome and take things one step at a time. The first option is the easy way out. The second, takes some guts, patience, and humility.
No matter what you choose, I can assure you people will see the results of that choice. They won’t see the small victories, but they’ll see bigger ones. They won’t see the small losses, but they’ll see the bigger ones. That shouldn’t be your main motivation for doing things, but it’s not a bad idea to ponder a little.