Why not YOU? Dare to become great

Every one of you reading this is human and because of that you are all united on many levels, many of which you do not often realize. Each one of us has our own version of reality as we go about our lives looking to fulfill the destiny that we have set in our minds. This destiny involves goals in athletics, career, personal, family, and many other areas. However, many of you, self-included, are on some level afraid of these goals. You’re afraid of what it will take to achieve them, what will happen if you fail, and may wonder if you’re worthy of these goals. You wonder why should it be you that gets all that you want in life?

Why not YOU? Dare to become great

However, the question should be WHY NOT YOU? Who’s to say you’re unworthy and undeserving of getting all that you want in this life? Who’s to say you can’t be the next Steve Prefontaine, Grete Waitz, President, Gandhi, Olympian, CEO, life-changing philanthropist, or whatever it is you desire? Our self-perceived shortcomings often hold us back from achieving our goals when they are simply that, self-perceived. Every single person is a human being who believes they have flaws, has something they don’t like about themselves, and is battling some type of internal struggle. The key is to be enlightened by this simple fact and realize that it’s just a matter of taking that leap of faith to see what you’re worth, go beyond your limits, and fulfill the destiny that you have developed in your own mind.

Everything in this post up to this point is a great starting point, but it is simply that. You have only started to answer the question, why not YOU? My challenge for you this week is to actually take action towards achieving your life goals. I want you to write your  goals down on paper because when you write something down on paper, it is a promise to yourself. I want you to take it one step further though. I want you to comment at the end of this post what your goals are and then again how you have started to take action towards them. I’m going to follow up with you to make sure you are holding that promise to yourself, to me, and to the readers of this blog. I’m in this with you so this week here is what I promise to do: Personal Goal – introducing myself to everyone at this weekend’s parties and events, further expanding my network. Running Goal – 2 high intensity speed workouts (3 mile repeats, fast paced 5 mile tempo run) to chase my sub 2:30 marathon goal. Career Goal – putting the pen to paper for my first motivational speech brainstorm.

It is a simple fact that you only get a certain amount of time on this earth. I find it best to follow a similar mentality to Steve Jobs when scared of going after something. I tell myself I’m going to be dead in 70-ish years, so why not just take every chance I get? I challenge you to go after that PR, perhaps embark on your first run, ask out the cute girl/guy, chase your career dreams, and dare to risk it all whatever that may mean for you. Our video this week puts it well: “There are no second chances…Every one of these moments is a test that you get to take one time, and only one time. So if you see an opening tear into it. If you get a shot at victory make damn sure you take it. Seize that moment. That moment is a cross roads where everything you want will collide with everything standing in your way.” Don’t forget to post your goals in the comment section, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by doing so. Everything you desire is within your grasp, you just have to be willing to go after it and fight for it.

Always in Stride,

Quote – “Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs