I promised I would post my results week by week. So here are the first two.
Ignite your life. The message is clear. What the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. For me, those pictures are great, but that was yesterday. It is time to look forward, and work harder today that I did yesterday. Good enough is not enough for me. Let me explain. If you live your life at the “good enough” qualification, then tomorrow it is not going to be enough. Recently, I came across a quote from an unknown speaker and it said “Draw a line, live above it.” Right now, it is written with silver sharpie on my desk. So draw a line, and live as high above it as you can each day. If you need to redraw it…then keep elevating.
Someone asked me why I am so hard on myself both mentally and physically. Well, now having the time to really think about it, it is because I hold myself to a really high standard. There is this great talk from Dr. Viktor Frankl who talks about man and his ability. You must constantly overestimate yourself because then when you just come short, you are becoming what you can truly be. His talk is a little more elegant than how I described it, so I am going to post the link here. You need to watch this.
I don’t think I am hard on myself, and I think that is what truly matters. A while ago, I set out on a journey to do something that was completely against anything I had ever believed in before. I have set and reset my standards for how I act, for how I perform, and how much I believe in myself. I think there is a difference between being hard on yourself and choosing a difficult path. So if I had one message to convey today which I have really learned over the past couple of weeks, its to drive yourself past your limits and to break your mental plateaus. When you find your limit, you know how to crush it.
“Realism is the most commonly traveled path to mediocrity.” – Will Smith. Be entirely unrealistic with how high you can fly. It was unrealistic to think that you could bend a piece of metal and put people in it and fly it over the ocean…fortunately the Wright Brothers didn’t think so. It was unrealistic to manufacture artificial light…fortunately, Edison didn’t think so. It was unrealistic for a young, underfunded group of semi-unionized states to fight the greatest superpower in the world…fortunately, our founders didn’t think so. Catch my drift?
The greatest minds in the world believed in doing something that was against the grain and deemed to be completely impossible. You have to be semi-delusional to believe in something that has never been done before. Fortunately, no matter how great the odds may be, your mind will achieve it if you truly believe.