We are all capable of greatness. I used to look at anyone with athletic or artistic skills and think they were fundamentally different from me. Used to think that I couldn’t do what they do because they were simply better than I was. After years of outdoing myself and breaking through self-imposed barriers, I started to realize that, for the most part, we were all given the same equipment – a body and a mind – it’s HOW WE USE IT that makes the difference in attaining our goals.
Time and consistent effort are the two biggest things in between where you’re at and the status of the world’s elite artists/athletes as well as the body you want to build. Most of us see that a goal takes longer than 3 months to achieve, so we talk ourselves out of even trying. There’s a saying in ballet, that it takes 10 years to be a dancer. Most scoff at a 10 year path to professionalism. If you found yourself unwilling to put in 10 years then ask yourself, “Do you really want it that bad?”
We see elite level NFL/NBA players and think there’s something different about them, but in reality, they’re humans too – some of which first held a ball before they could walk. We don’t realize all the effort put in on a daily basis and don’t give a fair enough judgement to realize that we aren’t singular enough in our goals to reach that level – instead we settle to believe they’re different beings.
Luckily, we don’t all want to be some of the world’s top performing athletes. Some of us just want to get better day by day, myself included. However, I don’t fool myself into thinking that I can’t create something great, or do great things. What is your definition of greatness, anyway? We can only compare ourselves to where we came from. Look at your parents and their parents – if you’ve raised the bar higher, pushed the envelope further, then I have news for you – YOU ARE GREAT.
Commit to a long term goal, build small steps to get there incrementally and SHOW UP to your own practices. Anything you’ve seen me do or nearly anyone else do, YOU are capable of with enough time and effort. You must refine your approach, learn along the way and spend your time wisely, but any skill is attainable in this way. What’s better is that you’ll have your own unique journey, leading to your own unique spin on that ability.
So get out and get after it. Clearly define what it is you want to create, what skill you want to attain or what level of health you wish to maintain. We’re all given the same equipment, it’s how you use it that makes the difference. Don’t forget to share your journey with others and enjoy the two-way street of inspiration. I can’t wait to see what you achieve and create!