As I am sitting here writing this I am asking myself, what does it mean to be at my best? Isn’t that something? The guy that is writing this to you , the reader, is questioning himself. Well, it’s true. I question myself nearly everyday and that’s because none of us are perfect, have “arrived” or figured everything out. We are moving through this life and learning as we go.
So, what does it mean to be at your best? From my perspective it means that you don’t give up, you don’t dwell on your shortcomings, go all in on your strengths and most of all having the right perspective. The world beats us up enough, so why should you beat yourself up as well? That’s a rhetorical question, because you shouldn’t. As a matter of fact you should be your biggest cheerleader! We need to focus on our gifts and talents, reinforce them and share them. We are meant for a purpose and if we waste our time dwelling on our shortcomings or comparing ourselves to others we are essentially wasting away. But, let’s get real!
Being at your best doesn’t mean you are the best. We all have our own journey to become better than we were yesterday and that requires us to be selfish. That’s right selfish! If you don’t focus on you then how can you ever help anyone else? Our journey requires us to truly focus on us first so you are able to help others. Think about it, even when you fly in a plane the safety instructions are to place the oxygen mask on yourself first then you can assist others. Why is that? It is because you are useless if you can’t breathe. The same goes for our everyday life. If you constantly ignore the need to fill your mind and spirit with what it needs to survive then you begin to die inside. If you neglect your body of appropriate nutrition or physical exercise then you become weak and unable to focus.
Being at your best is about taking accountability for your own actions and having the right perspective. For so long I thought I was taking accountability and persevering despite the attacks on my life. Man, was I wrong. I continued to blame my circumstances for my actions and refused to open my eyes to possibilities. Taking responsibility for your actions also means take responsibility for the way you respond to your obstacles. Don’t play the victim instead be victorious. Just imagine if you were able to see things so clearly that you are able to see things even before they happen and take the appropriate action. I truly believe that can happen, but only if you raise your level of thinking and how you look at the world around you, perspective.
So, why do we need to be at our best? Simple, it’s for our loved ones. Whether you want to believe it or not our families and loved ones look up to us. If you are reading this it’s because you are a man with a purpose and you know inside of you that you are called according to that purpose. Being at your best is to inspire those around you to be better, to motivate progress and to be a light in someone’s dark world. Who better than those you love. We have all felt that reality when our children were born. The reality that we are now responsible for another life besides our own. It’s the best feeling in the world and the scariest at the same time; however it doesn’t stop with them. What I didn’t realize for a long time is that I have always had that responsibility and so do you. I know I said to be selfish, but now I’m saying all this so that you eventually can be selfless. It’s a cycle, feed yourself to build yourself and eventually feed others and build them up. We have one shot at this life and it is our duty to take action.