I saw this video on Facebook and was instantly inspired. It demonstrates hard work, dedication, and the no quit attitude I love. However, to me this video is all about the blindfold. As the coach blindfolds his player, he says “I don’t want you giving up at a certain point when you can go further.” Instead of pushing it to the 50 and stopping, where the coach said to reach, he made it to the end zone. This is the key takeaway for me. How often do we set a goal, achieve, and stop even though we can go further?
This happens to me all the time but I never really noticed it until this video. When I am in the gym I do sets of 8. Usually I try to make so I can only get 6 or 7 on the last set but with some exercises I get all 8 and I stop. I stop because I reached my goal even though I could do more. Think about all the times you have done that. It could have happened when you wanted and got a B on an exam instead of the A could have gotten; or maybe it happened when you lost 10 pounds instead of the 15 you could have lost. Whatever the case may be I am sure it has happened to you before; you set a goal, reach it, and stopped.
Really, there is nothing wrong with achieving your goal and stopping because in actuality it is your goal. However, don’t you want to reach your full potential in everything you do? Don’t you want to be the best you you can be?
I hate giving up and even though this really isn’t giving up, it is close to it. This made me start thinking of my goals in a new way. It isn’t just about working hard and not giving up until you reach your goal; it is about not giving up until you surpass your goal and fail. That is what a lot of weight lifters and I do in the gym, we fail. We lift until we can’t lift anymore. This is what we should all do with every single one of our goals; surpass our goals and go until we fail.
I am going to add this mentality to my no quit mentality. I am going to go until my true potential is reach and never give up until I reach failure. I will set my goals and not only achieve but surpass them. I challenge you to do the same. Has there ever been a time where you not only reached but surpassed your goal? How did it feel?