Doing your best is what is required to achieve great levels of success. When we do our best we reach our maximum potential and soar to new heights in our lives.
Let’s STOP there.
I actually believe the previous statement couldn’t be further from the truth! In fact, I would argue that when we “do our best” we are guaranteed to be…average. When we say, “But, I did my best!” we are making excuses for why we did not accomplish something greater. Nearly every time I hear someone say they did their best, it was preceded by a failure or a disappointment. And, as I have written before, excuses are no excuse! Let me explain my logic.
Recently I had to undergo a surgery on my right hip to correct a problem called FAI (Femoral Acetabular Impingement). Before being diagnosed with this condition I had picked up cycling and found great enjoyment in the exercise and sport. However I quickly realized this new sport I had come to love would most likely be stripped from my life, due to the hip problem I was facing. While this may seem crazy, one of the things I really wanted to accomplish was to ride my bike from Sperryville, VA to the top of Skyline Drive. This was a 50 mile round trip ride and the first 11.5 miles of the ride are straight UP HILL. Well actually, straight UP A MOUNTAIN! Upon facing the surgery and the reality that I may not be able to cycle again I was disappointed that I was not able to accomplish this goal. By the grace of God, upon completion of physical therapy my doctor cleared me to cycle as long as it did not hurt my hip. Needless to say I went out that evening for a ride. Three weeks later I was included on an email that a group of riders were meeting to do the Sperryville ride. I wasn’t in any condition to attempt this ride; I was only 2 months post op, 30 pounds overweight and my cardiovascular conditioning was very poor. However, there are very few second chances in life and I decided I had to do this. Feeling inspired and ready to go, I took off to conquer this mountain and at the 3 mile mark…I had done my best!
Yes that’s right, I was exhausted and I DID MY BEST! My mind made it very clear that I would not be able to finish climbing this mountain. This is exactly what happens to us in life. Our minds tell us we have “done our best” and it’s at this point that most of us listen to the small voice in our heads. This is what is called a Moment of Truth: a time when you are faced with the decision of either listening to the small voice in your head or pushing through the point where most people quit. At the 3 mile mark I decided to silence the voice in my head and even though I came in dead last in the group, I finished the entire ride to the top! The reason I was able to push past the moment of truth, the moment where my mind told me I had done my best, is because my WHY was bigger than the pain I was feeling.
There is not a person on this earth that does not “do their best”. This is because your best is subjective and your mind will tell you that you have done your best far before you have truly given your all.
So what will you do when you hit your moment of truth? Will you do what the average person does? Will you make the excuse that “you did your best”? Take the time to find the WHYs in your life that will help you silence that small voice in your head. When you stop just doing your best, you will finally be able to do the things you thought your best could never accomplish!
What areas have you stopped excelling in because you have convinced yourself that you did your best? What changes can you make to help silence the voice that says “quit!” and push forward in your moments of truth? Click here to leave a reply.