I recently saw a post from Andy Frisella (look him up if you don’t know who he is), and it came as a big fat punch in the gut reality check.
It stated this:
“You have gotten this far using only 20-30% of your potential….”
Now listen carefully to the next part. I mean really hear what he’s saying.
“You have gotten this far because you’ve only been using 20-30% of your potential.”
Read that again and let it sink in. You’re selling yourself short.
While I like to think I operate at a high level, and I can confidently say at times I do, I know I don’t as consistently as I should.
Like so many people I speak with, I really thought I’d be farther along in life than I am now at 40 years old. Don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t affect my happiness one bit.
That’s a whole other lesson for another day, but if you can’t be happy with not much, you won’t be happy with more.
You Have Gotten This Far
However, I have a certain amount of discontent because I KNOW I haven’t given life my best at all times. I’m not sure anyone can say they do ALL the time, but I believe giving your best effort should be the default pattern, not the rarity.
There is so much more in life to see and do and experience and impact, and I want it all. Sure the income is nice, but like many of you, I want to change lives.
I want people to be better because they interacted with me. That requires me to keep getting uncomfortable and never be satisfied with where I am. Happy, yes. Proud, absolutely. But satisfied, not a chance.
Maybe you’re in the same boat. Maybe you know there is more for you.
Maybe you’ve only been operating at 20-30%, and that’s the reason you don’t have the life you truly desire. If that’s the case, I encourage you to make a decision right now to change that.
You don’t need the answers this very moment, you just have to make the choice you will start giving a more consistent, purposeful effort in EVERYTHING you do.
I know it will improve all aspects of life for you.
Be willing to get up a little earlier and stay a little later. Be willing to keep pushing yourself when it’s uncomfortable. Make the choice to read a book on a Friday night instead of boozing it up with your friends. Go the extra mile, literally and figuratively.
What’s great about operating in this manner is so few people are on the same path. When you do all those little things, but you do them consistently and with your full effort, you will undoubtedly achieve what you want faster, and become a better person in the process.
You haven’t come this far to only come this far. Demand the very best from yourself and don’t accept anything less.