“Thank you God for this opportunity. Thank you God for the chance to create this dream.”
Good days or bad days, I begin and end every day with this simple bit of gratitude.
When we choose to live gratefully, we unlock our happiness, heighten our self-awareness and ignite our sense of urgency.
Gratitude is an action.
And gratefulness comes from discovery.
It comes from seeing things and doing things and experiencing things; witnessing how so many people get by with so little.
It’s the understanding that, while many have more, more have less, and if we take true stock of what WE have… it’s always more than enough.
And the real beauty of gratitude – of gratefulness – is that it’s the most powerful key to happiness.
When you’re thankful, you’re happy… It’s as simple as that.
I don’t believe in the whole “work smarter, not harder” concept.
The two are not mutually exclusive.
You damn sure should work smartly – begin with the end in mind, have clear success measures, and an even clearer strategy.
But then, work your ass off.
If you don’t love it, keep grinding until you discover something you do.
Opportunities don’t just come, you have to create them.
And the single biggest way to do that is by working really, really hard.
About 7 years ago I decided that good isn’t good enough. Not in any part of life: work, play, health, relationships; education and exploration; service and faith. We can do better when we make the decision to be great. Sounds simple enough, but most of us, most of the time, settle for a few steps below. We don’t test our highest powers.
Great isn’t about keeping score, it’s about measuring growth. And the true beauty of that proclamation unfolds when it’s void of contrasts and comparisons of what other people are doing. It’s most meaningful when it’s all YOURS. The pursuit of your own personal greatness – in whatever size or shape that speaks to you – that’s when you begin to elevate to another level. That’s when you raise the bar.
The irony of it all is that we may rarely reach our own lofty standards. But that’s ok. The symptoms and side effects of simply pushing and fighting and striving to be great – to build great things and make great differences – give us all the habits and tools we need to keep our fire burning. No matter what dark twists or ugly turns cross our Paths. That passionate pursuit helps us keep going. That journey keeps us grateful.
So let’s decide.
And then let’s go do great work.
There are only two points that matter: The Moment, and The Vision.
What are you doing right now, and what do you want to create?
Stay focused in the moment and stay relentless toward YOUR vision.
The middle doesn’t matter – so be open and nimble and ready. Don’t get discouraged when all doesn’t go according to plan. Don’t let the downs shake you off course.
Take the hits, but remember where you’re headed. Notice the signals and follow the signs.
Go with your gut… As long as that bigger picture – that broader purpose – remains clear and honest and true, keep doing and keep moving.
You WILL get there.