The Best You Can Be

The 2014 Winter Games came to a close on Sunday, February 23, after more than two weeks and welcoming thousands of athletes from all over the world. They competed for more than 200 medals, which were awarded to the best of the best in their sport.

Now, it’s unlikely that any of us reading this will ever compete in sports at that level, but being the best is not a quality reserved for elite athletes. No, being the best you can be affords you the opportunity to excel in your professional career and other areas of your life.

It’s hard for me to imagine that anyone, at any time, would willfully say “I want to be the worst I can be today” or tell their child, “Go and make it an average day.” It is fundamental to our human nature to expect great things from ourselves and others.

Commit to excellence. Being the best is about commitment – commitment to doing whatever it takes, going beyond the limits of good. Each day, we are given an opportunity to exceed perhaps even our own expectations and be the very best in our job, in our relationships and in our community.

Keep a positive attitude. Have you ever heard the saying, “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right”? There’s a lot of wisdom there. Self-talk and motivation alone won’t create success – it takes ongoing training and development, commitment and a desire of the heart to move mountains. But a positive outlook gives us a foundation of encouragement even in the midst of uncertainty. Remember, words mean something.

Have a mentor. Mentors and coaches are instrumental to our success. Whether it’s your boss, a close friend or a professional athlete, we all are influenced by those we look up to.

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” - Vince Lombardi

The path to becoming a true success – in your business or in any other aspect of your life – begins with being the best you can be. You may not earn a gold medal, but you can live with the satisfaction of knowing that you are making a real and positive difference in your company, and in the lives of others.

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