Monday, February 02, 2009

100% To Be The Best

If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would likely astound ourselves

-Thomas A. Edison

So you want to be the best, you want to be great, you want to create and leave a legacy...

Step 1: find what you are passionate about and what you are good at
Step 2: Learn and absorb as much as you possibly can from those you surround yourself with
Step 3: Position yourself to take on as many opportunities as possible
Step 4: Pursue with every ounce of what you’ve got at nothing less than 100%
Step 5: fight to the very end, be relentless, and never, ever give up

Steps 1- 3 most people have no problem with, but often at step 4 is where the setbacks begin. But why? Why should we expect anything but 100% ? Why do we sell ourselves short? And I’m not talking from necessary experience – personally at steps 4&5 to do what I want to do, but I assure you I will not be stopping anytime soon. But what I am seeing around me is many in our culture, in general, stopping at step 3. Then whining about when’s it going to be their turn and their time?

One of the biggest myths in American Culture is that we are entitled to a great life – that somehow, somewhere, someone (certainly not ourselves) is responsible for filling our lives with a continual happiness, exciting career options, nurturing family time, and blissful personal relationships simply because we exist. But the real truth is that there is only one person responsible for the quality of life you live and that is YOU.

There is no magic formula or fairy godmother of success. If you want to be the best, be great, be successful you have to take 100% responsibility. Give 100%, 100% of the time. You have to fight, kick and scream with every ounce of your being, you have to refuse to fail. This includes the level of your achievements, the results you produce, the quality of your relationships, the state of your health and physical fitness, your income, your debts, your feelings – everything!! It ‘s ALL on you!

And this is not easy – especially in a society that likes to play the blame game for their lack of success. We blame our parents, our bosses, our friends, the media, our coworkers, our clients, our spouse, the weather, the economy, or lack of money. It’s time we all stopped with the blame and excuses and just get to work.

Micheal Phelps – 7 days a week; every practice, every day – 100% and nothing but; Starting when he was very young all the way until the Olympics. He had a goal and pursued it and was not letting anyone stand in his way.

Elected President Obama – same thing. This didn’t start when the campaign started.. it started many many years ago when the idea of President was not even a thought..100% effort into everything.

6 superbowls – that’s not a once in a while 100% practice.. that’s every single one, and every single player

Can you imagine if we all put as much dedication, passion, and hard work towards what we wanted to accomplish as the above 3 examples did? We’d all be laughing.. think of what a great state the world would be in versus the mess we are in right now? The above, and many others who have reached their own level of success , found out very early what they wanted to do, and practiced, practiced, practiced. And not just show up to be there – they showed up to kick ass every day at an all out or go home level. They had no excuses, in fact they had no reason to make them, because they were to busy practicing being great. While others were sleeping they were practicing, while others were out partying, they practiced, when others were taking vacations, they practiced.

Hard work – 100% of the time . Not once in a while, not a few times a week, not from 9-5. Every.Single.Day. That’s what creates success. That’s how you will become the best. And that’s why success is hard and many people will not achieve it.

Steps 1-5. Follow it, stick to it, and before you know it you will not just WANT to be the best, you will BE the best.

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