A number of years ago I was attending a business conference in St. Louis where I heard a speak by the name of Mark Gorman. I was so inspired by his speach that I bought his tape for my car (yes it was a tape at the time, I did not yet have a CD player). He really emphasised the importants of personal choice and not allowing ourselves to be anything but the best we can be.
“Don’t ever let it be said that someone else expected more of you than you expected of yourself. If anyone finds fault in a job which you have done that is less than excellent, don’t make excuses. Admit that it was not your best. Don’t stand up and try to defend yourself. Why settle for average, when excellence is an option? I’m weary of people saying that it’s not in their nature to demand more of themselves.”
It is something that has stuck with me to this day and I just love the way he puts it. If you do not demand excellence of yourself how can you possibly expect to achieve your goals in life. Ask yourself, is what I am doing right now getting me closer or farther from where I want to be?
If the answer is farther perhaps it is time to take another look at your actions or priorities…..