“Anyone can dabble, but once you’ve made that commitment, your blood has that particular thing in it, and it’s very hard for people to stop you.” — Bill Cosby

Do you wake up every morning and do something significant to further your career? Do you push yourself beyond reasonable limits to improve your performance as an actor? Do you forego many of life’s pleasures to ensure success? There is not one Olympic athlete competing in London who did not adhere to this kind of Spartan ethic to achieve his or her goals. Not one of these competitors got to the 2012 Games on mere potential or natural ability. Rather, they strove and worked and fought and pushed themselves mercilessly every single day–for years, and sometimes even decades–to stand on the podium.

Are you dedicating yourself to acting the way Michael Phelps has dedicated his life to the sport of swimming? If you have, you are now successful. To what degree, I have no idea; but, there is no way to work and focus to such an extent and not see benefits. Not possible. Now, will you win the gold and stand before the world with Oscar cradled in your loving hands? In truth, no one can say. But one thing is for sure: you will grow, you will improve, you will learn to push through significant obstacles, and you’ll feel a great sense of pride in your work. And I’m confident to say, you will procure more casting calls and more bookings.

This can be a time in your life to take a good, sober look at your journey as an actor, and decide if you’re really exhibiting a champion’s spirit. Only you know if you’re giving it your all. Only you know if you’ve assured the likelihood of success through your actions. Call it turning over a new leaf; call it rededicating yourself; call it going for the gold! Call it what you want, but you can do it today–and you can get started right away.