Everybody has it, but few reach it!
There are those among us that believe that everybody longs to reach their own personal best-either it is going to be to get the best body, the best job, the highest score on the test, an olympic record or you name it..
We pretend our ultimate goal is to be the best version of ourselves, finding the right job, reading the right books,eating the right food… but the reality is far less compelling. If we are truly honest we will admit that the level to which we might possibly rise is rarely our chief concern. More important is reaching the level where we can merely survive or, at the very least, mock survival. Getting there is much easier. Getting there requires less time, less pain, and less effort. Getting there is too often there enough.
I see people everyday that claim they want to achieve something so bad…they’d give anything to have it or reach it. But to me they speak with empty voices… How many of them are truely willing to give everything they’ve got, to work their butt off, to get up before sunrise, to be studying while others are sitting on the couch watching TV?
I’ve been involved in sports half of my life. I have seen so many athletes come and go. Some of them had a God givven talent to be the best, some of them just had the will to push them work hard and be the best. All of them claimed they wanted something. But few actually did something to achieve it. Many had the opportunity to show what they were made of. Many had the opportunity to get where they wanted to be….but the trick is that most of the time opportunity is dressed as work…yes! That is the truth. You have to work hard to get where you want to be.
Most people get content to spend their life just merely surviving, just to get through the day. They don’t care what they are gonna do as long as it gives them enough to survive…
Why? Because greatness is HARD. Our bodies don’t care about potential. They were built to survive, not to excel, and survival has gotten pretty easy. Our bodies don’t know that by being stronger and faster and leaner the likelihood of illness, disease, and injury drop dramatically. Our bodies only knows that it hurts like hell getting there. It takes supreme physical and mental fortitude and an unflinching, genuine ambition to overcome these hurdles. Most of us lack this and it shows.
Yea… you might not become the best basketball player, the smartest person in the world, the best manager…there will be always somebody better than you. What I am saying is that you should not put up with mediocrity. You should always aim high. You should always chase your dreams. You should never let the odds to keep you from doing what you truely believe in your heart you were meant to do!
There are so many of us that faced with the reality of what it would take to reach THE GOAL we balked,just give up and put up with being just a mediocre person who is willing to just get through the days, without aspirations, dreams, goals… This is an all too common tragedy.
Sadly, it seems that our praise of greatness and our distaste for mediocrity is an appreciation and expectation reserved for others. We expect Jordan or Phelps or Ronaldo to reach their potential every time they compete and we shake our heads when they fall short. But we shrug off our love handles and that occasional chocolate cake as acceptable losses. We cry for the children growing up without physical opportunities, yet lie on the couch and amicably waste ours away. We claim we’re too old, too fat, too injured, or too tired. The truth is we’re too obsessed with getting by.
The good news is that potential has no shelf life. Whatever state you’re in at whatever moment, you can always be better. SO BE BETTER. Too often people try to do this by setting a number to hit, a person to beat, or a mirror to impress, implicitly attaching a finite quality to the process. This focus is flawed. As you change and improve, so too should your potential grow and your ambition swell…
So do not let hardships keep you from reaching your potential. Be willing to work hard. It will hurt, you will be willing to give up but if you hang there and push hard I assure you that it will be worth it!