“No matter our talent, we all know in the midnight of our souls that 90 percent of what we do is less than our best.”
― Robert McKee
Are you doing your best? Are you the best performer at work, at home or wherever you are? Maybe you don’t have to be the best. Maybe you can get by with what you are doing now. Maybe you don’t have to expend the energy to do better or be better. However if you do want to be better, how are you going to do that?
The vast majority of people have a lot of untapped talent they could use to do things better, to live life better, or to contribute more, or to be a better person and they don’t do anything about it. “I don’t need help …” might be their inner mantra. I don’t need any help to be better. I can do it myself.
Most top performers realize that reaching their peak performance does require some outside assistance. It is about breathing air into an aspect of life that has been left untapped that can result in a new level of personal or professional performance. Maybe it is eliminating some hidden fear that keeps the person from realizing their full potential.
Have you asked the questions, “What would it be like if I could be just 4% better than I am now?” What would that be like? What would that mean to future opportunities or more personal happiness? The default future is yours if you want it that way. The created future, the exciting, bold rewarding future is yours as well. Which path do you want to travel?
“Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.”
― Winston S. Churchill
Two steps forward?
Are your steps taking you in the direction you desire most?
Are you moving forward?
Ask yourself those questions and write down your answers. Don’t let the questions just reside in your mind for a moment take some time and contemplate the answer. A superficial glance at the questions and moving on or moving quickly to something else won’t bring you closer to your dreams.
Pause. Stop and really examine where your steps are leading you. Where are you really going? When will you get there? What obstacles are in the way?
If you’re like a lot of people pausing isn’t something that feels like progress. Pausing may feel like going backwards. That is only if you compare yourself to everyone else who is just going in some direction hoping to get somewhere. Most people don’t even know why they are doing what they are doing. It might just be that someone told them to do something and then they’ll find the answer they’re looking for. Maybe they won’t find anything but they will be busy. Are you one of those busy people? Pause. Think about what you are doing and why you are doing it. Take a deep breath and exhale. Think about where you are going?
Are you moving along the right path? Are you struggling to move forward? Are you stuck in the sand? Are you sliding backwards?
What are your answers?
Are you living the life you thought you’d be living now? Did you imagine things turning out differently? What changed?
If you find that your life isn’t going in the direction you would like it go, then what do you want to be doing differently? What I have found is that life without direction is often due to the fact there is no plan, there are no goals, and without goals and a plan life just tends to happen.
What do you want from your career?
What do you want to contribute?
What are your own personal development goals?
Where do you see yourself in ten years? Or, where do you want to see yourself in ten years?
Imagine the life you want to live. Write down that story and use that story to guide you to a better and happier future. Once you have the story written down, set some goals and assign a date to those goals and then start working to achieve those goals. See what you can do this year to grow, learn and to experience a better life. Start today!