Every day that we wake up, we wake up to new opportunities, new people who are waiting to be met, and a new day that has the potential to be great. Not everyone see life like this though. Some people wake up just to go through the day as they always do. They move from one activity to the next just to get things done and get to the end of the day. The next morning they wake up to the sound of their alarm clock to repeat the same process as the day before. They may have one or two days on the weekends that they look forward to, but for the most part they are just living a mundane life not expecting too much from the days they live.
This does not sound like a good way to life. If you are going through each day just doing your best to make it to the weekend, think how much of your life you waste. Yes, maybe you have to go to school or work or do things that you do not necessarily want to do but the point is you have to do them. Whether you want them to be or not, these mundane tasks are a part of your life and most of the time they are a big part. This is why you need to make the most of these tasks and find value in all of them. You have to find a reason to do them.
I will give you an example. In recent weeks I have turned Monday into my favorite day of the week. I never hated Mondays but I realized how much everyone else did. That is why it is my favorite day of the week because I can help make other peoples’ Mondays suck a little less. I do my best to be extra positive on Mondays and help pass that positivity on to others. Yes, I know people aren’t going to start loving Mondays because of me but I can help them to like it just as much as the other days.
It is not all about Mondays, every day of the week should be your favorite. Everyday has just as much potential as the last. This is why I say don’t let your alarm clock be the only reason you get up in the morning. Find something that makes you want to jump out of bed and sing to the birds and greet the rising sun with a smile. Okay that was a little corny but that is almost how I feel every morning. I wake up to embrace the day with a smile because I know what a great day it could be. Maybe I could change someone’s life or just make someone’s day, maybe even just make someone smile. Whatever the case may be I have the opportunity to make a difference. That is what I wake up for: to make a difference and live life to the fullest. What do you wake up for?
Has anyone every given you praise, genuine praise, for your work but you didn’t see it? Did you ever wonder why that happens? It happens to me sometimes, especially with my writing. People say I am a good writer but sometimes I just don’t see what they are talking about. I figured out why that is and it comes down to one thing: potential. Ira Glass sums it up in pretty well.
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take a while. It’s normal to take a while. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” -Ira Glass
I think he perfectly describes any work you do when you are short of your potential. Others look at it and may say it is good but you look at it and know something is missing. You know that there is that special something that you need to put your work over the top and reach your ambitions. However, in the beginning you do not know what that special something is and instead of realizing you just haven’t reached your potential yet, you think you are not good enough. The truth is though, you are good enough you just have not gotten their yet. You only feel that your work is missing something subconsciously we know we can do better.
This is why you need to strive to reach your full potential. Never settle for good enough, always aim for better than you ever imagined. No matter what it is that you are doing never stop improving because you never know how great you can really become. If you keep doing better than you previously did, one day you will look at yourself and your work and realize that it is the work you always knew you could do. Don’t stop there though! In fact, don’t stop ever! If you want to do something go out and do it. If you are not good at first keep working on it. You never know when you have reached your full potential so just keep trying to improving and always strive to be the person you are capable of becoming.
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?