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Are You Doing Your Very Best?

It is not enough to aim, you must hit.” Unknown

I have to admit, I am a little type A. This is what Wiki says about it:

Type A
The theory describes a Type A individual as ambitious, rigidly organized, highly status conscious, can be sensitive, care for other people, are truthful, impatient, always try to help others, take on more than they can handle, want other people to get to the point, proactive, and obsessed with time management. People with Type A personalities are often high-achieving “workaholics” who multi-task, push themselves with deadlines, and hate both delays and ambivalence.

I wasn’t always this way. There is truth to the theory that the environment influences the child. My parents always taught me to be the “best”. Phrases like “Go for the best”, “Be the best you can be”, “Always do your best” were a constant during my childhood. But one question my Dad would ask me when I showed him my report card has stayed with me my whole life. He would ask, every time without fail, “Is this the best you could do?”. Now it didn’t matter what was on my report card—in fact there were times when the grades were very good. He would still ask that question. And asking that question would force me to ask myself—“Well, was it the best I could do?”

This mindset has followed me my whole life. I focus on getting better and doing my best daily. I have to say, it really makes me mad that my dad died before he got to see what has been accomplished as a result of that one NAGGING question, but that is subject for a different day.

I have a text alert on my phone that is Yoda saying “Do or Do not. There is no try.” Why is this significant? Because to “try” is to accept the possibility of failure or half commit to the goal. It is about intention. You either commit to “doing” or you “do” not.  Sometimes “doing” takes days, weeks, even years, but the intention and commitment to achieving is solid. An example is getting a college degree or a driver’s license. For many, these are goals that are unquestionable. They will be achieved. These are simple examples, but you get it. Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte committed to their Olympic experience. Ryan set his goal to beat Michael Phelps. It wasn’t to “try”. It was to “do”. And he left nothing to chance in the pursuit of that goal.

Take a look at this clip from the movie Facing the Giants and let me know what you think. And ask yourself, are you doing your very best?

Make it a great week.

December 3, 2012 at 5:21 pm Leave a comment

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