Wake up, tired. Just another day. Didn’t finish what needed to be done before bed. Stressed, hit the snooze button three times. Don’t want to wake up, but eventually do. Rushed to school or work, got there right on time. Tried to blend in. Didn’t ask any questions, didn’t share any ideas. Wasn’t the leader of the group project. Everything is a hassle. A feeling of almost annoyance lingers. Leaves right as the day is over, not a minute late.
Okay, maybe that’s a little extreme! But, we’ve seen it before. Maybe it’s not everyday, but maybe it’s some, or most?
When did ‘just getting by’ become the goal in life? We do the absolute minimum work required. We settle for the ‘D’ to pass. We show up because we have to. We only give 60%. We do as little as possible. Are we really living the dream?
Why do we believe doing the bare minimum is good enough? There must be another way to live besides striving for mediocre.
We believe the lie if we give 100% and fail, then
we are a failure. But the truth is, we are going to fail. Soon enough, it’s going to happen, and it will happen again, and again, and there’s no way of stopping it.
By setting the bar low, we leave no possibility to reach greatness!
Be not afraid of greatness: Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
There is no use taking pride in something we only gave 60% effort in! Yet, we wonder why we have no motivation. No child ever showed their parent a project, with gleaming eyes, after only giving 60%. Those are the projects we stuff in the garbage. We think to ourselves, “well it’s done.”
We can learn a lot from children. They aren’t afraid to fail yet. They do everything full speed, and when they fail, they get frustrated, or cry, or find a hug. Then they try again. Eventually they succeed, and how amazing is that beautiful face, gleaming with accomplishment!
Life doesn’t have to be mundane. We can thrive. We don’t have to suffocate anymore. We can choose to be enthusiastic. We might surprise ourselves at the joy that comes along!
Go look in the mirror, my friend, greatness is staring back.