February 5, 2007.
"Never settle for anything less than your best."
Doing your BEST; what does that phrase really mean these days? Since we casually toss around those words just about every single day of our lives, they must have some meaning, some significance. Truth be told, we too frequently use the term as some sort of flimsy excuse, a loosey-goosey justification for failing or falling short. After all, we tell ourselves, there is no shame in failing if we did our best.
True enough, there is no shame in coming up a bit short when we give it everything weve got. That is, of course, if we truly did give our best in the first place. And thats a big, big IF. Lets be honest here; how often do we say were doing our best
when we arent really doing all that we can? And how many times do we say we are giving our best
when we arent giving anywhere close to 100%? Too many times. Way too many.
"Doing your best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment."
Make no mistake about it, our best is plenty good enough. But we rarely if ever push ourselves hard enough or far enough to ever come remotely close to seeing how great our best really is. And that truly is a shame. We sell out and sell ourselves short each time we quit and then proclaim, "we did our best."
While it is oh so easy to say "I did my best," it is far more challenging to actually put your very best to the ultimate test. To push through and persevere when everything and everyone around you is telling you to give in or give up. To persistently plow ahead when hope is at the end of its rope, thats what doing your best is all about.
"We have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human responsibility."
Are you going to win each and every time you lay your best on the line? Probably not. Correct that, definitely not. But then again, so what? Winners realize that defeat is only a temporary roadblock, a short-lived growing pain we must occasionally endure throughout our life adventure. Were going to get knocked down, even when we give it our best. But thats how we get better and getting better is the name of the game, wouldnt you agree?
When the going starts getting a little rough as it does from time to time, we need to reach deep down within and bring out our best. Not some of our best and not some of the time mind you, but our very best at every opportunity presented. An easy task? No, not really. But then again, the road to the top never is.
"The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today."
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Rather than slink away and throw out excuses when things dont go our way, why not opt to turn things around by knuckling down and digging deep? Within each of us lies a burning desire to make our lives and time on earth something truly special. We want to achieve our goals and make our fondest dreams come true. In fact, we dont just want to attain these lofty aspirations and fulfill our destinies, we NEED to make them happen. Really, really need it.
That means we must give it all that weve got, the best of our very best, each and every day. A one hundred percent effort, with nothing held back and nothing left, an unbeatable attitude that cannot be stopped. Thats what were talking about. By summoning everything weve got, harnessing every last ounce of energy we hold inside, and then forcefully channeling it right at the challenges we face, we will cannot fail for long.
It becomes easier and easier to give your best when you develop a no excuses, no whining, no giving approach to life. When we are finally willing to give it our best and keep giving it until we get the job done there is absolutely nothing on earth that can hold us back or stand in our way.
The Bottom Line: Good, better, best. When you consistently do good and constantly seek to get better, your best is yet to come.
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