Monday is upon us!! Got to love it! Let’s start this week strong. Today’s reading talked about the Law of the Rubber Band, which states that growth stops when you lose the tension between where you are and where you could be. W. Somerset Maughn said,
Only a mediocre person is always at his best.
Life begins at the end of our comfort zone and we go there by stretching ourselves. “Gods gift to us: potential. Our gift to God: developing it.” I could sit here for hours and hours and talk about the lessons I have learned during the course of stretching myself. I am in the process of stretching myself in several different ways right now, and it hurts and it is hard. But it hurts so good.
Most people don’t want to stretch. They only use a fraction of their ability and rarely strive to reach their full potential. There is no tension to grow in their lives and little desire to stretch. Here is a statistic that will blow your mind. 42 percent of college graduates never read a book after college. Good hell! That is crazy to me. But it is the facts. Too many people are willing to settle for average in life. The problems with that is that the best organizations don’t pay for average. The best organizations don’t pay for mediocre.
Average doesn’t make you great money. Average does not win you first place. Average will definitely not help you to be fulfilled. And average sure as hell won’t bring you long-lasting happiness.
Let me ask you a question. Let’s say you go to a restaurant and the waiter shows you two different types of steaks on the menu and they both happen to be the same size and cost the same. But the waiter tells you that one of the steaks “tastes average”, and the other steak is “amazing”. Which freaking steak are you going to choose? Simple question to answer right? Well then, why do you settle for average in life.
Whether you are amazing or you settle for average, it still takes 24 hours in a day to get there. So you might as well pick the course that brings fulfillment, happiness, and success. You have heard me say a million times that one of the things that I get on my 3 kids case just as much as anything else is when I can see that they are not giving their best effort. Dad gets pissed when he sees that and they know it. If we are going to do something, go all in. Leave nothing behind. Give it your best effort. Live in the moment and get the best out of it.
“For all the sad words of tongue or pen, these are the saddest, it might have been.” Don’t ever let those words slipped through from your mind to your lips. Start focusing today on doing your best to be your best and to stretch yourself.
Stretching hurts so good, Cram