Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the
habit of making excuses. – George Washington Carver
Take a moment and imagine yourself in the process of accomplish something. It doesn’t matter what it is; you’ll encounter similar challenges along the way. So there you are in the heat of battle of your chosen task. Things are going well. You think to yourself, I’m proud of me, and you continue to grind out the results you are looking for. Somewhere during the grind, physical discomfort, and mental fatigue begins to take its toll on you. Seemingly, harmless thoughts like, I don’t have to push so hard, or surly nobody else has to do this, slip into your mind, and you consider backing off. How long you contemplate backing off determines whether you do or not. Long contemplation about backing off is the danger zone, because the longer you focus on backing off, the easier it is for your mind to have visions of soft white pillows surrounding your head as you lay in you favorite couch. In other words, you’ll want comfort. Who doesn’t? Your vision of those pillows engulfing your head is what’s clouding the vision of your goal.
If you’ve ever tried to do anything that’s difficult or tried to do something that you have never done before, then you’ve been there. That pressure you feel to relax or quit is your breaking point. It’s also that very point at which you are starting to stretch. This is good news. It is also the point at which the old you is transforming into the new you. It’s physically exhausting. It’s mentally terrifying, but you must do it in order to grow into the new image you have of yourself. You are stretching from where you are to where you want to be, and if you relax too soon, you won’t break that barrier to the new you. It’s the only way to move from a slush to a superlative. There may be a time or a reason to back off, but let them VALID and not a whiny excuse to quit. That will only keep you exactly where you are. Here are four strategy nuggets to take with you to help you move from basic to boombastic.
- Decide mediocrity is no longer for you. Let “good enough,” be the cry of the average.
- Realize there is no way to it, but to go through it. None of us likes the feeling of discomfort of any kind. Comfort zones feel nice and comfy, but they don’t help you grow into a better you.
- Find your reason to be uncomfortable. Anything is possible when your why is big enough. Do that and you’ll fuel your discipline to keep going when the going gets tough.
- Finish it! Yes, that’s all I have to say about it. Choose your actions wisely. Remember, we may not always get what we want, when we want it, but we always get what we choose. Finish it.
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