January 18, 2004.
Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
Im sure old Ben had his tongue planted firmly against his cheek when he voiced the statement above. After all, Ben Franklin rarely allowed any grass to grow under his feet; somehow finding the time to be an accomplished author, diplomat, inventor, physicist, politician and printer.
And thats not even counting being one of the United States founding fathers. Whew! It almost makes me feel tired just thinking about it all the things he managed to accomplish in his lifetime. Needless to say, Benjamin Franklin expected a lot out of life and he got it. And he got what he got by his willingness to give a lot. In fact, he gave everything he had
Nothing can come of nothing.
If you constantly expect nothing good to occur in your life, then why on earth should you be surprised if nothing of note is exactly what you get? By expecting nothing, you set the stage for nothing to happen. And a life filled with nothing doesnt sound like a very exciting life, does it?
But what if you started expecting fabulous things to take place in your life? And what if you began looking forward to each and every day, anticipating something super sensational to come into play? Can you really take nothing and make something out of it? You bet you can. Since what you expect is what you get, why not expect the best?
Positive anything is better than negative nothing.
Sooner or later, just about everyone gets sick and tired of doing nothing, accomplishing nothing and having nothing. And that certainly includes both you and me. In order for us to change our luck and start making some positive things happen, we first must start happening ourselves.
Doing nothing is one habit weve got to give the heave-ho once and for all and heres why. Sitting around moaning and groaning about what we dont have or cant do isnt going to get us where weve dreamed of going. And sluggishly going through the motions, looking for the lazy way out of everything sure as heck isnt going to cut the mustard either.
No, if were ever going to get the job done, weve got to put forth the requisite effort. And that means giving an all-out, positive charged, positive powered effort every single time.
If one has not given everything, one has given nothing.
Malcolm Forbes put it all in perspective when he said, The hardest work of all doing nothing. Doing nothing, in reality, is very hard work indeed. Doing nothing goes against our desire to be more. Doing nothing goes against our craving to have more. And doing nothing goes against our hunger to be all that we can possibly be. Should it be any surprise that with all of this going against us that we oftentimes fall short of our dreams and aspirations?
Please dont be guilty of shortchanging yourself or your loved ones by giving anything less than the very best you have to offer. While sitting on the sidelines and doing nothing can help you avoid the possible pain and potential embarrassment of temporary defeat that always accompanies any worthwhile venture, it also prevents you from being all that you were born to become.
Steve Prefontaine, one of the most courageous distance runners in American history, had this to say about giving it your all: I don't want to win unless I know I've done my best, and the only way I know how to do that is to run out front, flat out until I have nothing left. Steve never left anything on the table; always giving it his all. How about you?
Are you willing to run flat out, running until you have nothing left? And then pushing yourself a little more? Are you prepared to do whatever it takes, whenever it is needed, to get where you have always dreamed of going? Like it or not, if youre not willing to give all that youve got in order to reach your goals, then youve basically given nothing. And that winner within is not about to allow NOTHING to stand in your way to greatness.
The Bottom Line: When you give life your very best shot, youll get the best life has to give back in return.
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