From a personal standpoint, very often, as human beings, we are more prone to settle for a good standard instead of a great standard. Why? I believe because most often our focus is on immediate expectation, or fulfillment, rather than the future.
Perspective has a way of influencing our understanding of situations and, by extension, our choices.
There are several facts or truths that have come to be generally accepted and agreed to, but still do not affect people’s action.
Smoking leads to cancer, still millions smoke and tobacco companies are thriving.
Taking several cups of water early in the morning could prevent heart problems, diabetes and other, yet how many of us take water in the morning?
We can go on and on, but the fact of the matter is, it is one thing to accept an idea as true but a different thing to really live by it.
The pursuit of excellence in everything you do is infinitely better than settling for mediocrity.
It should seem obvious that the pursuit of excellence in everything you do would be the surest road to maximizing your potential, yet so few of us strive to do just that.
Rather than settle for average, why don’t I give it my all, try my very best, and never give up until the job is done? Why don’t I keep pushing for greater? Why is it so difficult to go the extra mile or put in the extra effort when doing so is the obvious difference between being merely average versus that of being head-and-shoulders above anything?
I believe that pursuing excellence rather than settling for mediocrity is what we’re called to do in life. It is your calling in your work, your career, your marriage, your friendship, and your life in general. We were created to produce excellence.
So press on, don’t ever stop giving it your best, and don’t let the jealous voices around you (or even the small voice inside your head) ever convince you that you aren’t made for greatness.
N.B. This was previously entitled “#Good vs Great” prior this reposting.
“Cherish your solitude. Take trains by yourself to places you have never been. Sleep out alone under the stars. Learn how to drive a stick shift. Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back. Say no when you don’t want to do something. Say yes if your instincts are strong, even if everyone around you disagrees. Decide whether you want to be liked or admired. Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you’re doing here. Believe in kissing.”―Eve Ensler
Nothing compares to sipping a cup of steaming coffee while comfortably seated on a tumbled-down remains of a once perennial tree peacefully lying near the edge of a pristine and majestically serene and sparking lake with hundreds of thousands of lights bursting through the canopy of leaves merrily dancing on its surface. As you gaze at the emerging radiance of the sun bursting far in the horizon trying to break through between the walls of mountain ranges surrounding the lake in a motherly-like embrace. And in the calm and clearness of the waters you could see tiny fishes swim and the occasional ripples breaking the surface when bigger ones picked at something ingestible floating in on it. Truly, a sight that could easily draw out sighs of awe and wonder and joy just sitting there and being at the moment and feeling it. The feeling of being far out from the hassle and bustle of a city life where only the soft gushing of wind rattling the lush dew-filled leaves of nearby trees then gently caressing your face, the melodic chirping of birds in symphonic harmony with the buzzing of insects and the soft sound of crystal-clear waters lapping the edge of the lake is the only available means of entertainment to savor – it’s heavenly! Where the wind carries the intoxicating aroma of grass, earth and wild aromatic herbs blended with the musky scent of the lake’s fluvial water gently caressing your face, slowly awakening your senses as you sip on your coffee while you gaze at the sun slowly peeking in the near horizon.
What a great way to start a day as you look forward to an exciting array of adventures and activities you could freely arrange (without pressure) while you’re in the wilderness. Yes. Wilderness and nature have an amazingly blissful impact on me. You could swim for a couple of hours or so under the heat of the sun. And maybe, if you will, also want to try and catch fish for lunch and perhaps a salad of fresh herbs and berries you could grab while trekking. Dinner will be by the bonfire. And you could just spread a mat afterwards and lie down to watch the stars in the heavens and feel the soft feel of tender grass against your back. When you’re mindful enough to bring in the wine it will double the fun! If I could only take more time out of my busy life and spend it somewhere – this definitely would be it! And I would gladly want to do it again and again as much as I wanted it more.
In fact, every one of us sometimes needs time to be alone. To take a break from something if not everything. Even babies need time on their own, too, so they can gradually start to understand that they’re independent from their parents.
However, one important point that needs to be considered is that there is a difference between being comfortably alone and being lonely. Solitude, for one, is an example of being comfortably alone for it allows time to reflect, to center ourselves and to recharge.
Living alone, though it may not be the state you ultimately desire for yourself, affords an unparalleled opportunity to know yourself, to be yourself, and to develop yourself as a unique and interesting individual.– Phyllis Hobe
Like I always desire of doing – grab every opportunity to have an alone-time which only seldom comes in this ultra-fast paced modern world in which we live in. We all need time to detach ourselves from the complex conundrum brought about by the varied and sometimes “self-branded” all too important areas and events of our personal lives. Within which, every tick of a second counts, and that a slight mismanagement or neglect of that all too precious time could quickly send our tightly-balanced lives spiraling dangerously out of control in just a blink of an eye.
Nonetheless, you can also chose to take a risk, take small compromises and make it your intention to be alone. Have a quality time with yourself. Go to places you’ve never been. Do the things you like to do back in your childhood days. Commune with nature and while you’re at it, run or trek, do the cartwheel, shout at the top of your voice, howl to the moon, chase butterflies, skinny dip in the waters, sleep under the canopy of trees, watch the stars, sing along with the sounds of nature, anything and anyway you’d like to do. Be the person you want to be. Follow your gut. Fall in love (and risk be hurt) or love as you’ve never loved before. Forgive yourself and your past. Re-live and revive your faith. Move out of your established comfort zones. For all its worth, we won’t know what life would unfold unless we courageously take the first step towards a much fulfilling life that we could have and a much happier person we could become.