HAPPY MOTIVATION MONDAY. HERE WE ARE WITH THE START OF ANOTHER WEEK. ANOTHER NEW BEGINNING. THIS WEEK IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR GROWTH. TO ATTAIN MORE, TO DO MORE, TO BE MORE. ASK YOURSELF, HOW FAR ARE YOU WILLING TO GO TO ACHIEVE YOUR GREATNESS? NOW ASK YOURSELF, ARE YOU STRONG ENOUGH TO GO FURTHER? ARE YOU WILLING TO CHALLENGE YOURSELF, PUSH YOURSELF HARDER? ARE YOU WILLING TO GIVE 110%, EVEN WHEN 100% WILL GET YOU THERE? ARE YOU HUNGRY FOR MORE, DO YOU WANT MORE, ARE YOU WILLING TO KEEP MOVING AND GROWING AND GAINING? ARE YOU READY TO REDEFINE HOW FAR YOU’RE WILLING TO TAKE IT? READ ON THEN!
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“YOU DIDN’T COME THIS FAR, TO ONLY COME THIS FAR.”
“Champions seek greatness, not the end result. Champions don’t finish, they grow; they grow until they are dead and gone.”
Champions, fighters, warriors, they do not strive to reach an end, that is for the weak, the tired, and the timid. They are driven and they have a will and desire to not just seek and accomplish and be done, they are after more; they are after growth. A true champion is never satisfied, this is because they are continuous. Always continuing to grow, always continuing to excel, always continuing to succeed and achieve. They know that through every obstacle, every challenge, every fall, there is a rise, there is an opportunity. They see beyond the end result of their journey, and of their goal. They see that the second the end comes, there is now a limit, and that they have settled. Why limit the growth potential? Why set a roof above your head, when all you want is the stars? Don’t be satisfied with hitting your mark, surpass it. What says that because you have attained your goal, you need to stop, that it is over. You have come so far now, what’s a few more miles, with all you have done, what says you can't do a little more? Look at the path ahead, there are so many more opportunities and chances for you to grow. We thrive in accomplishing and advancing, to dominate and be the supreme. We want to be the very best that we are, to be at our fullest potential. So, is your very best just this? Is it only in the need to find a single moment to feel pride and worth, when you could have so many more? Have you only come this far to only come this far? Or are you stronger, strong enough to go further. How strong are you? How far are you willing to go?
I want you to stop and think about this next point, it might just change your perspective on how we view our goals and accomplishments.
When you think of your goal, and you explain your process, have you ever noticed, it is with an end in mind. We say, I have 10 more pounds to go, I have 3 weeks left to go, I have 5 more pounds to add. These all dictate a result that culminates to an end. WHY? We speak of all that we strive for with the intent of it ending, like it is eventually going to stop when we get there. Why do we set and achieve our goals based off the intent of a limit? When you think about it, we have set a goal, but we also by default, set an end result, a limit. WHY? How is it that we look to end what we have started already? Why do we plan for an end? Why not plan to continue, to pursue? The greatest sense of accomplishment is not in the destination, but the journey. This is where everything takes place. The challenges, obstacles, twists and turns, all the choices and actions happen here; in the journey. The journey is what grows us!
Look at MLB Heavy Hitter Barry Bonds. He tied Hank Aaron's record of 755 home runs, but he did not settle, he was not satisfied. His journey continued, as far and as long as it could. This led him to further advancing the record to 762 home runs. Those extra 7 home runs are the continuation of his drive, his desire, the relentless pursuit to be the best.
Here we come to another point; why is it so many of us are so headstrong to get there so quick. Furthermore, just to get there quick and have it stop. We are a modernized, “hurry up and get it done faster than the next and quicker than the one before, instant gratification, I want the results yesterday,” kind of society. This type of mindset combined with the above questions put us in a position to actually lose part of our drive. Interesting fact; the average individual with a determination to achieve a goal, will dedicate a relentless 75% to their goal; before the energy starts to dip and decline. Maybe you have noticed this, the path in which you’re on is now filled with 75% of all this hard work and time, and effort and energy. There is only a little bit left, only 25%, only a quarter of the work is left. I rushed to get the large ¾’s of it done fast, and now, I can coast. Did you seriously do all that work, just to come this far and slow down, to coast...really? All of that time effort and energy, to come this far, and coast?! NO! We are more than this, we are better than this. We didn’t come this far just to slack off or coast by and hand in the 100% eventually. Is that what your goal is? Is that what you got, 100%? Nothing wrong with 100% of the work, sure it gets the job done, but what about more? You want to just succeed, or do you want to exceed? Again, here we are with that limit. All the work done, is now completed, but it is still a limit. Alter that mindset of simply achieving to, how much can I achieve? Do I stop here? Do I come this far just to do the expected, or do I continue, do I accomplish more? Ask yourself, where do you go from here, is it the end, or is it just another beginning, a continuation.
See getting this far and achieving your goal, that is commendable. You put in 100% of the work and you succeeded, but, is that it? Could you, would you put in 110%? See that extra, that continuation, that hunger for more, that 10% more, carries you on to the next goal. Making that extra effort, and altering that mind set to continuously advance, it sets you on a path. It is a path of growth, the continued pursuit of advancement. It keeps you HUNGRY. It is the definition of a champion. You are after more, more opportunity, more growth, you excel and exceed, you don’t ever stop. You achieve that goal, great, get another goal, make it a bigger goal. Push yourself, challenge yourself. If it seems easy, then you need to raise the level. You can run that mile, then make it a 5k, you can hit that target, make the target smaller. Test your greatness! All champions thrive in competition, and what better way to compete, then with your own mind, to test your abilities and surprise yourself. There is a feeling like none other when you push your limits, when you exceed your own expectations. This is a moment where you are found redefining yourself. The things you did before, they have changed, they have advanced, you have changed the outcome of your default mechanism in your brain. You no longer look at a goal with the intent of achieving it, you see the end, and now you envision surpassing it. We have been taught in our lives a simple false hood, that sneaks up on us as children and then is embedded in our minds as adults. That simple false hood is “everything must have a limit.”
So, I’ll ask again...did you come this far, to only come this far?
“Far away is far away, until you actually go there.”