My good peeps, how the freak are you? Today we continue to talk about the importance of stretching ourselves. Here are a few more ways to incorporate stretching into our lives.
- Stretching Always Requires Change – to be able to change, we have to begin by no longer looking over our shoulder into the past. The past is the past. Learn from it and move on! “Yesterday ended last night.” Focus on what you can change and improve today. I like what Alan Cohen once said,
To grow, you must be willing to let your present and future be totally unlike your past. Your history is not your destiny.
Also, to be able to change, we must be willing to take risks. When do you ever meet someone of great success that did not take risks? Don’t get me wrong, conservative people are great people, and I know plenty of them. But those that are conservative almost always take second place. People who take risks learn more and faster than those who don’t. “Their depth and range of experience is often greater and they learn how to solve problems. All of those things help a person to grow.”
- Stretching Sets You Apart from Others – The world we live in seems to grow increasingly more satisfied with mediocrity. But yet, the root of it is not a problem of the world. It is a personal concession to being anything less than your best. It takes an individual to say, “I guess good enough is good enough.” The world conforms more and more to the complacency of mediocrity. So in other words, if you work hard to improve, you separate yourself from your peers. Jack Welch once said,
“The way to get ahead is to over-deliver.”
I love that quote. Too many people sit around and literally plan out how they can do just enough to get by, go unnoticed, and make ends meet. As I have said before, that mentality makes no sense to me. The mentality that average is ok makes no sense. Do you ever sit around and wish mediocrity on your children or the people that you love the most? Than why do you allow it in your own life?
- Stretching Can Become a Lifestyle – “I believe that when we stop stretching, we stop living. We may keep on breathing, and our vital life signs may be working, but we are dead on the inside and dead to our greatest possibilities. It is the struggle toward an ideal, the constant effort to get higher and further, which develop manhood and character.” Really what it comes down to is that if you won’t be better tomorrow than what you were today, than what the hell do you need tomorrow for?
I will continue to say these words for as long as I live to those that will hear the words come out of my mouth. On the days I wake up early and start my day with personal growth, it changes everything. Things seem to fall into place so much more, and even when they don’t, I am able to withstand the tests of time way better, learning from the trials instead of complaining about them. Life is amazing when your #1 goal is to just get a little better every day. When your goal is to just grow a little more. When your goal is to be just a little happier, a little smarter, a little more confident, a little wealthier, a little more patient, and the list goes on. Always remember that discipline = progress = fulfillment = happiness = success.
Getting my stretch on, Cram