In life, you should always be pursuing your ultimate best. Stagnation is an evil sense. It creates mediocrity. This weakness can take you away from your dreams and goals. You must be relentless in the pursuit of reaching your full potential. It’s non-stop. It takes work. It is very difficult. But the benefits are staggering and life altering.
Here are a few ideas to think about as you pursue world-class levels:
- Habits. Everything we do in our day-to-day lives are habits. They are simple routines that have been cemented into our way of life. Whether they are strong and positive habits that assist your personal mastery or weak and mediocre habits that take you away from your goals, habits have been created due to the consistent formation of our daily routines. Habits can be built and habits can be broken. The longer you have practiced specific habits, the longer it will take you to reform and substantiate new and improved habits. Here is the first activity: assess your daily habits. Write them down. Do they support your life goals? Do they lead you to your ultimate best? Will the habit lead you to mental clarity and physical strength? Remember, this pursuit is to reach your ultimate best. This is not a race against someone else. It’s an individual challenge to reach your full potential. Always look at yourself and find ways to improve. On average, habits can take 66 days to instill. The first few weeks of working on a new habit will be uncomfortable. Push through this uncomfortable feeling. If you persist, if you desire to form positive and healthy habits, if you want your goals to happen, it all starts with your daily habits and practices.
- Become a world-class thinker. World-class thinking leads to world class action taking. This starts with what you feed into your brain and body. What music do you listen to? What TV do you watch? Who do you network with? What books do you read? What food do you eat? How do you treat your body? You cannot expect a car to run functionally when you load junk into the gas tank. The car will simply breakdown and not perform at high levels. The same goes for the human body. What you put in the body, in the form of words, music, TV, people and nutrition all matters to what output you want to produce. Guard your bubble and be very cautious of what comes in. Go back to the first idea above: your habits. How do you wake up in the morning? Do you read a positive or inspiring book? Do you eat a nutrient dense breakfast that will energize the body? Do you exercise to release endorphins so you can feel good about yourself? Do you spend time to recite positive affirmations in your head? These strategies can be a game changer in regards to how you live your day-to-day life. If you start your day on the right note, more than not, you will have better days. A new vitality will be unloaded and you will wake up ready to get from the day instead of just “get through the day.” Your thoughts will change your world.
- “Determination is a stronger trait than weakness.” Yes, you have heard this one before but it’s worth repeating. This thought was cemented into my head at mile 265 of my 300-mile run. I was tired. My body was beat up. My mind was weary. It could have been easy to throw in the towel and be content with running 265 miles. But that was not the goal. The journey was not over. The depths of my weakness and vulnerability were suffocated by my determination. This determination pushed my limits and led me to achieving a monumental expedition. The same determination that enabled me to run 300 miles is the same determination you have to achieve your goals. We all have it. Weakness is the easy route. Weakness is hitting the snooze button when you know you should be up for an early morning workout. Weakness is giving in to pessimistic habits. Determination will take constant drive. Determination will be tough at times. But this determination will guide you to your ultimate best. Use your determination to fulfill your potential so you can truly live life to the fullest.