“With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.” –Tomas Foxwell Buxton
No matter where you start, or what you think your circumstances are, you can achieve anything you put your mind to. All of us have something that could be considered a setback. It could be that you want to be the star basketball player but you’re only 5’8” or you want to be a doctor but someone told you that it is a goal far beyond your reach. Whether it’s a limitation we’ve put on ourselves, or one that we have heard from others, all goals can be reached with the type of dedication and perseverance that makes someone extraordinary.
Regardless of our circumstances, if we commit ourselves to achieving a certain goal, we will do whatever it takes to reach that goal. The most successful people at their sport put themselves in the shoes of successful people before they necessarily have the same results of someone more successful than them. This is true whether someone’s sport is on the court, or his or her sport is the game of life. When we put ourselves in the shoes of someone more successful than us, we begin to do and act in the same ways as those people. If you take a look at someone you aspire to be like, you will probably find they set high goals, practice more, they wake up earlier and they don’t take days off. As you begin to take on this level of commitment to your own success, you will find yourself doing more than what you previously believed was possible. By doing more and producing greater results, we find ourselves having what successful people have.
Sometimes people look at this process backwards. We have in our mind that when we have the success we wish to attain, we will begin to do more and therefore be successful. We can take a national championship winning team for example. Even if a team has never won a national championship, they can declare from the beginning of the season that they are champions and they are going to do, act and practice in a way that a national championship team would. The team starts to show up for practice early, put all their energy into each practice and every game. They begin to dress like a championship team and represent their team or school at a high standard. On the other hand, a team believes that once they have the championship, they will start to dress the part, hold their head high and practice more. Who do you think is more likely to win a championship?
No matter where we are, the most ordinary of people and the most ordinary teams can achieve extraordinary feats. This happens when we begin to view ourselves as who we aspire to be. Putting ourselves in those shoes puts us in the mind frame that we have already achieved our goals and we then become dedicated to taking the actions that someone in those shoes would take. This type of dedication and perseverance allows us to work around any circumstance that would stop an ordinary person. And at the end of the day, season or school year, we have achieved the results we knew we could all along.
Be more. Do more. Have more.