Most people operate at well below maximum capacity, whether it is in their business, their physical performance, or in their relationships. And for almost everyone, these are self-imposed limitations. We can only rise to the level of our belief, and the ceilings we bump against are of our own creation.
Our bodies are capable of much more that we let them do. Four-minute mile? Once thought impossible, yet now broken by high schoolers regularly. It was believed a marathon would kill a woman, yet in 2018 over 11,000 finished the Boston Marathon. Broken spine? Ryan Shazier wasn’t done.
And overcoming seemingly overwhelming odds extends to the business world all the time.
He had a lisp, was chubby, and suffered from social anxiety. Yet for decades Ben Feldman outsold most insurance companies and will forever be known as The Greatest Life Insurance Salesman in the World. Like the Babe Ruth of Rate Books, he set production records that still astound.
How about homeless with a two-year-old child to becoming a billionaire? John Paul DeJoria did it.
JK Rowling was living on the dole but believed in her story of a young boy living below the stairs. Harry Potter is now the best-selling book series in history.
What do they all have in common?
A driving burning belief that makes obstacles irrelevant. That which stops others is just something else for them to get through, because NOTHING is going to stop them from making that vision from becoming reality.
You can do more.
“Within me burns a flame which has been passed from generations uncounted and its heat is a constant irritation to my spirit to become better than I am, and I will.” Proclaims Og Mandino in The Greatest Salesman in the World.
“Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a Champion.” Mohammed Ali.
“I make of myself a sacrifice to myself.” Odin in the Havamal.
Get out of the bed and feed your mind and soul before feeding your body.
Listen to a motivational video while you work out, even for five minutes, while the rest of the world sleeps. Because Champions are made in the dark as Ali said, and he was and is The Greatest.
Set BHAGS (Big Hairy Audacious Goals) and post them all over where you can see them, but no one outside of your inner circle can. Start busting your butt to achieve greatness, without anyone seeing the change coming.
Practice your fundamentals every day, from asking for Introductions to asking for the business. Practice with a purpose to perform perfectly.
Hunger for excellence instead of attention or accolades. Care about getting better instead of what others say because haters are going to hate, and they’ll especially hate those that love what they do and are willing to leave small minds behind in the pursuit of greatness.
Stop thinking small.
Stop BEING small!
Know that you can bust through those limits and fly.
“A people without a vision will perish.”
Believe and achieve.