As I was writing in my Journal this morning I recognized that all of us that are living in the US are living in a place where our opportunity to be the best we can be is only limited by our own thoughts and actions or lack of action.
Think about it. If you a craftsman are you the best in your field and if not why not, what is in your way other than yourself. If you are in sales are you number 1 in your field? What?s in your way? If you are an executive are you the best, you can be? Do you want a bigger job? What are you doing to get there?
I could go on with a long list of professions and ask those same questions but will not bore you with that process. However, the reality is that many, if not most, of us take a somewhat narrow view of possibilities for ourselves. Really, what is in our way?
When was the last time you gave something everything you had? I?m also asking myself this same question and finding that my answer is not very often and in fact I?m not certain I can remember the last time. I?m talking about putting yourself all in, nothing held back.
I believe this whole issue might be about mindfulness. Is it possible that we go through the motions most of the time without any real regard about what we are possible of contributing? I know I do.
What does it take to go from OK to excellence? It?s reasonably easy to be OK at whatever we have decided to do with our lives. Is OK good enough?
Here are some questions to ask yourself as you are doing whatever you do:
Why are you doing what you are doing (craft, profession, career etc.)?
If you went all in what would that look like?
What stands between you and being the best?
What would you have to do to fill the gap between OK and excellence?
Are you interested in being the best?
What story are you telling yourself that keeps you from being the best?
The questions above are only a start. Most of us don?t take the time to think about what?s possible and to examine ourselves and ask, why not?
Start today. Become the best you can be. There is nothing stopping you other than your own self limiting beliefs.