I had a great conversation yesterday with a great friend of mine, Stanley, who is a member of my gym. Stanley is a preacher and a real FIREBALL of positivity and inspiration. When I see him in the gym, we immediately stop what we’re doing to have a conversation with one another. When we are finished speaking, I ALWAYS walk away feeling incredibly inspired and having a new, brighter outlook on life. Yesterday was no different, and it had such a huge impact on me, I feel compelled right now to share his message with you:
When was the last time you thought about being PERFECT? I mean seriously, ask yourself that question. When was the last time you thought about getting a perfect score on a test, instead of just passing? When was the last time you thought about having a perfect day and said to yourself, “Today is going to be the greatest day of my life!“?
We, as a society, have allowed ourselves to accept mediocrity as the norm. We idolize sports stars, musicians and the like for their extraordinary talents and abilities, but the Truth is, we ALL have greatness inside of us! At some point in our lives, however, most of us have allowed ourselves to become comfortable and content with being average, all the while having an unlimited potential of TALENT AND GREATNESS lying dormant inside of us. There is no reason that we have to settle for anything less than PERFECT every single day, but it takes a true champion to stand toe-to-toe with adversity everyday and WIN! Understand that you’re not the only person with problems. Everyday, every single person is faced with adversity to some degree, but it’s the true CHAMPIONS who are not afriad to stare it in the face and say, ”I will overcome this”.
The whole purpose of this life is to grow as individuals. In order for us to do so, the Universe places obstacles and road blocks in our path, challenging us to rise up, go outside of our comfort zone, and find a way to overcome the obstacle, becoming a stronger, smarter, wiser, more knowledgeable person in the process. However, most people in today’s society have become complete oblivious to this fact. They expect things to be easy and work out perfectly for them, and when they don’t, they’re quick to run on facebook and post a big “FML” status, telling the world about how bad they have it and how unfair life is treating them. It’s the true champions in life who will look at that adversity objectively, not as a consequence, but as a personal challenge and an opportunity to become better! They make a plan of attack to overcome it, and then take ACTION!
I remember seeing a great interview with Will Smith, and during that conversation, Will said, “I am motivated by fear. I hate being scared to do something. I think I developed that attitude in my early days… I started attacking things that I was scared of.”
Will lives with the attitude of a true champion, and his resume and track record for success and accomplishment goes without saying! It’s not that he has NO FEAR, because we all have some fear or doubt within, but he is willing to be honest with himself about the situation, identify what scares him and attacks it with the unwavering mental attitude of, “I will overcome this”.
NOW! is the time to really RAISE THE BAR IN YOUR LIFE! Yesterday is gone forever and tomorrow is never promised, so if you truly want to make a change in your life, there is no other possible time to get started than RIGHT NOW! In this moment, make a conscious effort to be PERFECT, give 100% to everything you do and hold yourself to the highest expectations of greatness everyday. Tell yourself that today is the day you choose to raise the bar on your life, and expect more OF yourself and FOR yourself. We all have greatness and unlimited potential inside of us, but it won’t come out on it’s own. Dig deep within yourself RIGHT NOW, and from this day forward, to look at life from Will Smith’s perspective and challenge yourself! Overcome your fears! Demand perfection of yourself! Don’t settle for average, EXPECT GREATNESS! You’ll be surprised at just how quickly your life skyrockets!