How I challenge myself from doing better to doing my best.
I remember listening to a sermon by Dr. Myles Munroe, he said, ''our greatest threat is our last success.'' It was something to think about. What do you do after God has answered your prayers? What do you do after your grades have improved and your parents are pleased with the results? What do you do after you've realized that you're in for a huge promotion? What do you do after you've got the man or woman of your dreams? What do you do when life is finally treating you well? Do you now say that this is it and relax? The truth is, there's always more room for growth and improvement. If you become complacent when you're doing well, you'll never see the need to do better. You'll never see the need to strive for your best. You'll never see a reason why you should give your all.
''Discipline is choosing between what you want now, and what you want most.'' Abraham Lincoln
How do you not allow yourself to become caught up in this beautiful moment of I'm doing well? How do you not get lost at this milestone? How do you emerge from your current wave of excitement? You must challenge yourself to do better than your last success? It's not enough to do well. It's not enough to do better. It's not enough to do your best. You must be willing to put in your all. It's worth celebrating your achievements, but you must remember that your journey doesn't end there. That's why you need to have a clear vision of exactly where you want to be in life! It will prevent you from settling for mediocrity. It will help you to avoid complacency. It will take you beyond the walls of your comfort zone. It will keep you on course and it will lead you to your destination.
I remember being the top student for Accounting at my high school. It was a position that I took great pride in. Unfortunately, I lost the title to another student in my senior year and it broke my heart. I was so used to being the top student and I had let my guard down. While I was basking in my success, another student was working hard to be where I was. I was certain that no other student could level up to my scores, but I was wrong. I did pass my exams but I wasn't pleased with the score because I knew that wasn't my best score. That same year I studied twice as hard to prepare for the next exam, I gave it everything I got and I reclaimed the title the following year. Complacency will darken your vision, if you become too comfortable with where you're at now, that's exactly where you'll remain.
You've lost a couple of pounds after a few weeks of rigorous exercise, now what? Your life-saving surgery was successful, now what? You're finally getting married to the love of your life, now what? You've received a decent pay increase, now what? You're finally going on your dream vacation that you've been saving for, now what? You've bought a nice car and a beautiful home, now what? You've completed your university degree, now what? Will you advance or will you remain in the bliss of your last success?
Looking back, I realized that the top student title was my main motivation for attaining the highest score in my Accounting class, but what happens now? I'm no longer in high school and that title is of no use to me at this point. The truth is that we are always trying to attain something in life and it doesn't matter if we are in a live competition or not. Athletes are always competing for the top prizes. That's why they spend so much time in training to keep their bodies and minds in good shape. The rest of us are no different. That's why we have goals that we work towards. We may not necessarily be competing for medals, money, bragging rights, etc, but we expect to attain something in the end for our hard work. Whether it's praise, congratulations, or just a deep sense of joy and fulfillment within ourselves (self-actualization).
Life is like a train, it will take you exactly where you want to go. If you want to stop when you're doing well, it will leave you there. If you want to stop when you're doing better, it will leave you there. If you want to advance to doing your absolute best, it will take you there. If you want it to stop at your all it will take you there. The choice is all yours, where do you want to go? What's your ultimate goal for your life? As a Christian, my ultimate goal is to make it into God's kingdom. It doesn't matter if I'm doing well or doing better in any aspect of my life. When it's all said and done if I haven't done my best. If I haven't given my all. I would have completely missed the mark!
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