Sometimes we have to be compelled to do the things we know we should do. For those who lack internal discipline, external sources can be the force the pushes them to action — and sometimes even to greatness.
My mother-in-law was quite overweight most of the 20 plus years Sam and I had been married. She knew about diet and exercise, but wasn't motivated to act on that knowledge. At least, not until she was diagnosed with diabetes. She was told her life was in danger and that she would die unless she began to take care of herself and follow a very strict dietary regimen.
To be honest, I did not have high hopes for a massive behavioral change. I hadn't seen much evidence that she had the wherewithal to do something so many people struggle with. But she surprised us all. She learned about her knew eating guidelines and has followed them — to the letter — ever since.
She dropped more than 40 pounds and got her disease under control.
While there are times for all of us when the natural course of life forces us to learn hard lessons and pushes us beyond what we think we can endure, we can also choose to live lives employing productive habits and best personal practices.
Your mission in life must include a commitment to being the best that you can possibly be. There is absolutely no inherent value in mediocrity.
I thought long and hard about that statement. “There is absolutely no inherent value in mediocrity.” It is profoundly true. It doesn't require unrealistic expectations or unfair comparisons to others. Being your own personal best is, rather, the perfect baseline for how to live your best life.
Ask yourself these questions:
- What is the point of not being in the best physical shape?
- What is the point of not being the best spouse, parent, sibling, child, friend?
- What is the point of not being in the best financial shape?
- What is the point of not being the best leader?
- What is the point of not being the best listener?
- What is the point of not giving the best customer service?
- What is the point of not being the best student?
- What is the point of not having the best attitude?
- What is the point of not surrounding yourself by the best people?
- What is the point of not dwelling on the best thoughts?
- What is the point of not being your best?
Commitment to being the best is a commitment to reaching your potential, to setting goals, making progress, adjusting actions, and moving forward. At times the movement is incremental. At times it your progress by leaps and bounds. But the movement is constant.
Being the best is not an act, but a habit.
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