Never Settle

I can vividly recall in 2011 when I began to get hooked on the subject of growth. Even though I had my share of disappointments, setbacks and difficulties, by all accounts I was doing reasonably well. I had a good job. I could afford my own home and I had people who loved and cared about me. Yet, something deep inside of me kept telling me that I was settling for way less than I was created to be. I was coasting. I had become comfortable with mediocrity and had ceased reaching for new heights. I had unconsciously accepted being "average" as my normal.

What have you accepted as your normal? Can you honestly say that you are living in a mode of continuous improvement? Do you get this nagging feeling that there is more to life than what you are seeing and experiencing? Is there really any difference between where you were this time last year and now? What incredible promises did you make to yourself and to others on December 31st 2018 regarding 2019 that you haven't followed through on?

We all have excuses as to why we stay stuck. But by focusing on all the reasons why we are not progressing, we lose sight of the actions we can take to improve our lives. Benjamin Franklin clarifies this problem with this quote: "He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else." When we capitalize on all the legitimate and illegitimate reasons as to why we can't, the roots of failure dig in even deeper.

We must never get to a point where we are fully satisfied with where we are. With every mountain we climb, there are many more we still must ascend. No matter how many successes we can see in our rear-view mirrors, there is almost always more successes that can be experienced. I must caution that growth does not mean being total discontent with where are. It means being extremely grateful yet refusing to live a stagnated life. It is about having an attitude of gratitude while stretching and reaching for new heights. There is a whole big world out there to be experienced but only if we are courageous enough to step out of our comfort zones. There are new opportunities, new challenges, new goals and new dreams to be pursued. The best is truly yet to come for those that believe. Using the words of Bruce Nauman, "If you really want to do it, you do it. There are no excuses."

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