“ ‘I tried’ is the poor man’s ‘I kicked butt.’ “ – Jen Sincero
And that’s why they’re poor. Trying is not enough. Those who kick butt don’t try. They push themselves, and then push again, harder; they keep evolving. When they reach a new level of growth and start getting comfortable, they get uncomfortable and push again.
You have a choice. You can push forward, continually, and keep reaching new levels of growth, of achievement, of excellence. Or you can make modest effort, hit a new level, and then stay put in your new comfort zone. Recognize that staying put is staying stuck. Recognize that if you’re not growing and moving ahead, you’re dying and falling behind – often in a barely detectable inch by inch decline.
However you choose, know that just trying is not kicking butt. Kick butt.
“A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles.” – T. Harv Eker
No one makes it on their own. We are all part of a magnificent, interconnected chain of energy. When we align with that energy we experience abundance in its many forms.
We get aligned with, and attract, all the cool, positive energy surrounding us when we take the time to be grateful. Our gratitude – for people, events and experiences that surround our lives – triggers in us a receptivity to abundance. Today, open your heart, take the time to appreciate the wonders that already exist in your world, and cultivate within an attitude of gratitude.
“If you can’t fail, it doesn’t count.” – Seth Godin
We’ve all heard of someone born on third base who thought they hit a triple. Delusion.
Seeming achievement in the presence of certainty is just another day.
Move beyond certainty. Raise the bar and test yourself. Risk failure. Discover the life of excellence; one found when you move beyond a sure thing.
“I plant my seed of courage in the belief that anything is possible if you set your mind to it.” - Magnus Christian
With courage you step forward and change events. You change the course of history in the face of challenges, difficulties, and seeming impossibilities. With courage you change yourself.
Yet courage is only as powerful as the strength of your beliefs. Courage is predicated on certainty – certainty of the validity of your beliefs, certainty of your conviction that you can boldly step forward and make a difference, certainty of your ability to somehow summon the power to accomplish what you set out to do.
How powerful are your beliefs? Are they powerful enough to do anything you set your mind to?
“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.” - Curt Cobain
Wanting to be someone else is the denial, and rejection, of the gifts you possess. You deny to yourself, and the world, the privilege to know the full awesomeness of you.
Why not discover, appreciate and cultivate the wonders you possess? Why not share them with your world? Why not become accountable to you?
Blame no one. Expect nothing. Do something.
And give thanks.
Get occupied with doing. Just doing. Not blaming others if or when or how things go off course – and they will. Not expecting someone to notice, to pay attention, to appreciate your effort.
Just do it. Do it for you. Do it because you can. Because you, and your world, become better when you just do it.
“At the end of the day there’s another day.” - Hugh MacLeod
Yesterday you thought that if hell exists on earth, then you know what it feels like. The pain, palpable. The fear, unrelenting. Yet here you are today. You passed through the fire. You’re ready to step forward once again and face what shows up.
Don’t let the bad days hold you back. No matter how long the day, how dark the night, you will make it to morning. You will greet the rising sun, embrace your day, and move on with your life – to your goals, your dreams, to the precious moments with those you hold dear.
You are unstoppable.
“Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else.” - Judy Garland
You have a comparative advantage over everyone. You possess a unique combination of strengths and capabilities – assets combined that no one else has.
Find your strengths. Embrace them. Leverage them. Don’t waste time trying to fit or mold yourself into the abilities of someone else. Don’t try to compensate or struggle to do things that don’t align with your unique assets and passions.
You work best exploring your talents, doing what you’re good at, pursuing what excites and turns you on. Grow that advantage – it’s your unique life.
“Part of initiating is being willing to discover that what you end up with is different from what you set out to accomplish.” – Seth Godin
One of the great surprises in getting started is discovering what shows up on the journey. The twists and turns and intersections that you encounter on the way. The people you meet, the discoveries you make. The knowledge you gain, and how you grow and change.
People who start, who initiate action, rarely end up where they thought they were going. Things change – often remarkably – along the way. But many won’t start because they fear that surprise. They remain stuck.
Are you ready to start, perhaps one more time? Are you ready to be surprised? Are you ready for both the challenge and the joy of the journey?
“We tiptoe through life hoping to make it safely to death.” – Unknown
Go ahead. Play it safe. Avoid unnecessary risk. Just stay comfy.
We’re all terminal, no one’s getting out alive. And if you play it really safe, you just diminish the experience of being fully alive and very relevant today. You fail to enjoy life at a higher level.
Why hold back? Why stay in the shadows? Why not take some more risks and improve the quality of your life? Why not live fully today, not some day?