“We cannot know what a human being can achieve until we have seen [the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel].” — Wolfgang von Goethe
What do you want your masterpiece to be? Everyday you have the opportunity to do something great, what will it be?
How are you going to use your genius, your passion, your grit, your persistence, your practice, your pursuit, your intelligence to make a difference in this world. The world needs all of who you are every day. You can make a difference. You have the all the abilities you need to change the world.
What will be your Sistine Chapel moment? What will be your Sistine Chapel contribution to the world?
The realm of exceptional performance comes from the pursuit of an idea that is at the edges of your abilities that push your limits beyond where you have been before. Push yourself, move outside the comfort of the known to experience the unknown and do something great. Go to the place where the fear lives within you and push it back.
I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.” John Locke
A decision without action is nothing more than a passing thought. Imagine the person who has spent hours upon hours to arrive at a decision and then not to take action on that decision. Think about the millions of people who make a decision to do something (“New Year’s Resolutions”) and then fail to take action on the very things they want to do. What stops people from taking action? It could be the fear of success as well as the fear of failure. If you succeed then all the power of being a victim is removed. If you fail then what you believe about yourself becomes more of the truth you are hoping to escape.
What needs to happen to take decision to action?
What does it take to be conditioned for success?
- You need to believe that you deserve to be successful.
- You need to invest the time and energy to be successful. Success comes with time and continual effort towards a goal.
- You need to have endurance, success just doesn’t happen in an instant, and living in a culture where the belief is that everything can be had in an instant only serves to hold people back.
- You need to give up something else to get what is more important. The decision to lose weight requires that you put down the food that has the most calories or the least benefit and exchange it for something that does have value. Most people could lose weight if they ate less. We live in a society that offers virtually free high calorie meals and in a society that spends more and more time in the easy chair than in the gym it is easy to see why people can gain a lot of unneeded weight.
- It doesn’t need to be perfect. A decision made should be a decision kept, but for the perfectionist reaching for the goal is not going to work. It hasn’t worked in the past and why should it work in the future. So, instead of action the words become a litany of excuses of why it can’t be done. There is a decision; it is just that the decision is never honored by action.
- Find someone who can non-judgmentally support your activity.
- Change the inner dialogue. Yes, that little voice that isn’t so little. It needs to change so you can change. So, when you hear words that are supporting your goals and decision change the words so that they are in 100% alignment with who you are. If you are thinking “I am not good enough”, change that to “ I am confident today”, change your words so that they are positive. Work on it day after day until the habit of poor thinking is replaced by good thinking.
Goethe wrote, “Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.”
What actions are you going to take to get the results you desire?
“What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
How many goals have slipped by this year that you wish you had put just a little bit more effort into?
What do you really desire to achieve?
A start of a new decade, the start of a new year, and it is so easy to let a wish, desire or a dream fade away yet again. Be determined to start this year off like no other. Reach higher than you have reached in the past and develop a plan that will allow you to have the best year ever and the best decade ever.
“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote “Things that matter most in life should never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”
How often in our walk through life do we pay attention to the things that matter the most and put our energy and effort into those things that matter the least? Everyday we put off what would mean most to us and work on things that in the long run will have a very little impact on our lives. We get stuck in a routine of sameness, a routine of habit that forms the cadence of our life. Each day our predictable and routine self goes through the motions of sameness, comfort and ease.
Some people eventually recognize the routine and realize that the routine is not a good measure of the self, yet breaking the habit of routine is often difficult to do.
What would you describe in your life as routine or habit? Are these habits things that matter the least or the most?