December 10th, 2018
Natalie McClain at a Crossfit Competition

Using the Four D’s of Success to Accomplish Your Goals

All of us have that thing that drives us most, the thing that motivates us to get out of bed in the morning and attack the day, calling you to action. What is it? What is your driving force?

For me, my driving force runs deep, as it should for anyone with ambition — my motivation is a feeling that originates during the pinnacle moment of triumph; the feeling of satisfaction that required hundreds of hours of hard work, a feeling that is longed for by many but achieved by few; a feeling that only comes with overcoming hardships and challenges, a feeling of true fulfillment. This moment, for me, will ultimately exist when I’m standing on the podium at the CrossFit Games. Its not about the money, its not about the workout times and its definitely not about the fame; the win is about heart- who can suffer the most, who is the most dedicated, who is the most prepared to achieve the goal we are all fighting for.
Natalie McClain Squat Crossfit
You see, your driving force needs to stem so deep inside you that you get emotional every time you think about it. It should burn so hot within you that you feel unstoppable until it is achieved. It should be the first thing you think about when you wake up and the last thing you think about before bed. All of these are true for me. Without that driving force, achieving your goal is nearly impossible. That driving force is your motivation, and will impact you the most when challenges arise.

Unfortunately, motivation alone is not enough. Motivation gets you going, but its discipline that keeps you going. This is what separates those that only dream and those that actually achieve their dream. Dreaming is the easy part, the consistent action that follows is the hard part. One cannot be done without the other. Once you have your dream and direction, it is desire, dedication, determination and discipline that keep you going.

The 4 D’s

I live by these 4 D’s and know how each one must play a pivitol role in accomplishing my goals.


My desire is large; I know very cleary what I want, how bad I want it and what it takes to get it. Do you have the desire? How bad do you want it? My desire is only a dream until I turn it into action, which requires a long lasting personal commitment. Because I want it bad enough, I am committed to my goal, to completing all my programmed training to the best of my ability each and everyday, to eating clean at the right times and at the right amounts, and to recovering properly with adequate sleep and consistent mobility.


Do you have the dedication? I am self-motivated; I am determined to not let anything steal or question my desire. Everyone wants to be successful, but those who achieve success are steeled by an unwavering resolve.


Do you have the determination? I am self-disciplined; there are many days that I don’t feel like training, but I do it anyway because I know it will get me that much closer to my goal. Successful people do what they have to do when they need to do it, whether they want to or not.


Do you have the discipline? To be successful at anything, it’s important to understand your unique individual goals, the thing that drives you most. Once you have your dream and direction, it is desire, dedication, determination and discipline that keep you going. Without this proper mindset 24/7, achieving your goal is impossible.

Natalie McClain Sumo Deadlifting

Natalie McLain

My name is Natalie McLain. I'm 5'1, 120# of heart and toughness. I am a 2013 Games Athlete, a 2015 Games hopeful, part owner in affiliate CrossFit Vail of Vail, Colorado and now a professional athlete on the Boston Iron team of the National Pro Grid League (NPGL). I eat, sleep and breath training for my sport, leaving little time for outside hobbies. However, when I do get time, I enjoy snowboarding, skateboarding, and dirt biking with friends. I enjoy being challenged, specifically overcoming them. My favorite quote: "I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out on a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle, victorious."

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