It’s time to be Your best.
Imagine the Olympic games, summer or winter is fine. Choose your favorite competition and imagine for second that you are competing in the games. You have what it takes to stand on the podium and it is go time. What does your best look like?
Now let’s come back to reality. I’ll cover my dream competition, the marathon. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to be as good as a swimmer as Michael Phelps, but I don’t love swimming the way I do running. I will never compete for gold in a marathon race. I am a 5:08:22 marathon runner, no where near the 2:02:57 world record.
What I Learned About Myself
When I ran my first half marathon in 2013, I had never ran farther than 6.55 miles prior to race day. Worse, I had only ran 6.55 miles once in my training period of 10 days (This is not recommended and check with your doctor before trying a distance race). When I hit the 7th mile, I hit what is commonly referred to as the wall. Everything hurt, my mind was mentally drained, and I had to make a decision to continue or quit. I couldn’t quit.
Fast forward two years, you would have thought I had learned my lesson. This time the distance was a full 26.2 miles and sure enough, I had only ran half that distance prior to race day (about 10 days prior, see a trend in my lack of planning?). Around mile 17, I again hit the wall and was forced into deciding if I could quit or finish. I finish, and with tears of joy in my eyes.
Be Your Best
As I’ve come to accept that I will never be a fast marathon runner, I also see places for improvement. Each day, my whole desire is to be better than I was yesterday. I cannot expect to make exponential gains daily, but I can work towards progress. .
What I’m Not Saying
I’m not telling you to set low goals. On the contrary, I want you to set high goals. I even love the Grant Cardone theory of the 10X Rule. Aim 10x higher than you think you can. Currently, my 10X goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon, which at my age requires a 3:05:00 marathon finish. Set goals high and push hard for them, but know that on race day. I have started races with the entire goal of finishing faster than before and end up much slower. I have also started races going off of what my body was telling me along the way and shaved over 9 minutes off of my half marathon time.
Be Your Best At Work
Ok, enough with the running analogies. My point is this, you should go into work each day striving for the best you can do. We are not all Einstein, but most of us can do math. If we constantly compare ourselves to Einstein, we may think that we are failures. Compare yourself to yourself yesterday and see if you are better. That shows you are winning the race.
As the old saying goes, “leaders read and readers lead”. This is a great example of how people win influence and why reading is just one way to grow yourself. If you cannot develop yourself, you cannot develop and grow followers. It really is up to you.
How Can You Be Your Best?
Question: What can you do this week to be your best? You can leave a comment by clicking here.