Freaking Wednesday! Have got to love it! Today we start to talk about how we not only need to change the way we think, but change the way we act, if we are going to increase our capacity to grow.
- Stop Doing Only Those Things You Have Done Before and Start Doing Those Things You Could and Should Do – “doing new things leads to new innovations and discoveries, and among those discoveries is the realization of things you should do on a consistent basis.” Once again, if you do those things on a consistent basis, you will grow. If you don’t, you will plateau. The process of expanding your potential is ongoing. And it is important that you recognize that. Opportunities will come and go. “The standards we must set for ourselves are constantly changing. What we could do changes as we develop. What we should do also evolves.” We must be willing to leave behind some things to take on the new. This can definitely be difficult, but if we are willing, our lives will change. Pablo Picasso once said, “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order to learn how to do it.”
- Stop Doing What Is Expected and Start Doing More Than Is Expected – “We live in a culture that awards people for simply showing up, regardless of their contribution.” Most of the world thinks they are doing good when they are simply doing what is expected of them. This is a myth. To hit your full potential, you have to be doing far more than what is expected of you. Former CEO of GE, Jack Welch used to call this “getting out of the pile.” To distinguish yourself, get noticed, and advance your career and life, you have to do more. You have to rise above average. “You can do this by asking more of yourself than others ask, expecting more of yourself than others expect, believing in yourself more than others believe, doing more than others think you should do, and giving more than others think you should give. This is the law of the land, and the law of happiness. GETTING BETTER AND DOING MORE!
Let me ask the bold question? Why do you settle for average? It sucks being average at anything. It sucks playing “average” in a pick up basketball game. It sucks being “average” that day when it came to what you accomplished at work. It sucks being an “average” husband that week. It is a crappy feeling the people are ok with living over and over and over again.
STOP! Stop being average at communicating and expect more.
Start being better at washing your dishes in the morning instead of leaving it for your wife to clean up. Stop being average at listening to people, no matter where they stand in life. Stop being freaking average, because the feeling of average doesn’t even feel average. It sucks! Be more, expect more, love more, push more, and be happier because of it.