May 20, 2003.
Good is not good where better is expected.
Why do we sometimes settle for second best in life? Rather than demand the very best and nothing less, we occasionally give in and accept second place finishes and second rate performances from ourselves and those around us. Even though we know we could do better and know we should do better we find ourselves carting home the consolation prize instead.
While we try and try to convince ourselves that we gave it a good shot, we know better. And even as we tell ourselves that its A-OK to have come up a little short, our inner winner knows the real story. Each and every time we accept less than our best, we compromise our commitment to excellence and in the process consign ourselves to a second rate lifestyle.
The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential ... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.
Arent you tired of settling for less than the best out of life and yourself? Wouldn't you readily agree that accepting second place finishes is not what a commitment to excellence is all about? Each of us was born with a burning desire to do our best, to be our best and to give our best effort day in and day out. And its this will to win, burning hot deep inside our souls, that encourages us to boldly give life our very best shot.
We were put on earth to achieve, to succeed and to live life with abandon. How will we ever know how far we can go if we play it safe and never swing for the fences? How can we ever know for sure if we would have come out on top if we never let go and let it rip? We won't and that simply won't do.
Contrary to what some would lead you to believe, there is no disgrace in failing to take home the grand prize; only in not having the courage to try.
Whatever you do, do with all your might.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
H. Jackson Brown said, A successful life doesn't require that we've done the best, but that we've done our best. Doing our best is the key. When weve laid it all on the line and left it all on the playing field of life, we can hold our heads high regardless of whether we win or fall short in the attempt.
When you develop the healthy habit of giving a maximum effort each and every time out and that means giving it everything youve got youll feel a lot better about yourself. Youll experience a tremendous sense of self satisfaction, knowing that you had the gumption to roll the dice.
Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.
Walt Disney understood the importance of following your heart when he said, When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably. You must believe in yourself and your God given abilities. Dont focus on what may happen if you fail in the effort, but rather concentrate your energies on throwing your entire heart into the attempt. When you go with all of your heart, you are never left wondering about what might have been. You can rest easy knowing you did your very best.
Oh, by the way, youll soon enjoy one other bonus from putting your best to the test daily. Before you know it, your winning percentage will start to improve quite dramatically. Instead of coming up short like you used to do, youll soon find yourself standing triumphantly in the winners circle holding that coveted first place trophy.
The Bottom Line: When you consistently give it all that you've got, you'll stop having to settle for anything but the best out of life.
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