Do You Live To Eat Or Do You Eat To Live?
Except for those who live to eat, everyone else eats to live. Similarly, just as we NEED food in order to live, we need GOALS in order to stay alive. Our goals inspire us, they ignite a fire in us that keeps us alive on the inside. I have always said this and I will say it again; each one of us was born to accomplish a very specific task here on earth. Nobody was born a seat-filler. Unfortunately many people breeze through life without ever knowing what they were born to accomplish and as a result they live very mediocre lives, contratry to what they what their lives would have been.
“The way to enjoy life best is to wrap up one goal and start right on the next one. Don’t linger too long at the table of success, the only way to enjoy another meal is to get hungry.” ~ Jim Rohn
That quote says it all. Success should not be your reason for being complacent. Like Jim Rohn said in the quote above, the moment you hit one level of success, you should quickly start looking for another level to conquer. Just like the food we eat nourishes our physical bodies, the more goals we achieve the healthier our inner beings become.
I can't remember the exact words but I do remember reading somewhere something like this, "the worst day of your life will be when you get to heaven and you are shown how your life could have been, but because you opted to live within your comfort zone, you never achieved even 1% of what you could have".
Of course I know not all days are the same. There are times even I feel like giving up myself but when I remember those words, I consciously make a choice to pick myself up and keep moving on regardless of how hard things my look at that moment.
Sustainable excellence is about getting better every day. Great performers don’t think about past accomplishments. They don’t just show up to work but they come to work every day with the goal of getting better. The best performers in any area have trained themselves to set goals for every single thing they do be it a practice session, an important meeting or presentation, time for meditation, etc.
Don't get stuck at your last success. The same way your body needs food is the same way your spirit needs a goal to eat. Achievement should therefore not be a one-time thing but it should be a continous improvement that becomes a way of life.
Excellence does not have to turn into complacency. Like Les Brown says, "You gotta be hungry!"
Accept the challenge to stay on top once you get there!