Your Best… Part 2

Leadership

My opinion… Clay Matthews, linebacker for the Green Bay Packers, will be the National Football League’s 2010-11 Defensive Player Of The Year.

Also my opinion… 48 hours from now, on Monday evening, Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears will be the next NFL Quarterback to get to know him just a little more personally.

Yeah… Clay Matthews is good. Really good. But good players in the NFL are a dime a dozen. Well, make that 200,000,000 dimes… but alas, I digress.

The point is, often times good players in the NFL are just like good players in the Corporate World… they get comfortable.

Sometimes even lazy.
Most often, satisfied.

And satisfaction with being pretty good keeps them… and us… from being our best.

Yes, it keeps us from reaching our true and God-given potential.

Am I saying that God has a plan for you that you might miss out on if you don’t work harder and smarter… if you don’t strive to learn more and become even better?

Well, yeah… I guess I am… but that’s just my opinion too :)

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Clay Matthews is not satisfied, and that is why he will go from good… to great.

For example, in the off-season he learned that by studying Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), he could use his talents and his body much more effectively against his opponent. So he sought out the best trainer he could find and got busy.

I love the video below because of the lesson it imparts. He is willing to do whatever it takes to be his best… period.

The question for me is… am I willing to do whatever it takes to be MY best?
The question for you is… well, you know what the question is :)

And the truth is that, more than likely, you and I don’t even need to get our noses broken into eight pieces to accomplish our best. And that’s a good thing ’cause I am perfectly happy with the nose I’ve got :)

However, also more than likely, is the fact that we probably CANNOT just stay comfortable and become everything that we have the potential to become… to influence and impact and help all the people that we have the ability to influence and impact and help.

It may be as simple as learning some new technology or burying our fear of rejection or the unknown. It might require us to network more or read more or search out a mentor… a trainer… or a coach. It could mean turning off the television one or two nights a week… it could mean focusing intently on improving our health or our finances or our personal or spiritual relationships… or letting go of disappointments or guilt or unproductive thoughts and habits and activities in our past.

It will certainly mean commitment and growth and change and sacrifice.

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Tonight, there are people whose most urgent hope and prayer can only be answered by meeting you… by meeting me. It is MY hope and prayer that neither you nor I will be satisfied… until we fulfill THEIR hope and prayer.

You see, becoming our best isn’t about personal glory and achievement. It’s not about position or power or wealth or prosperity. It isn’t about temporary gain or toys or pleasure.

No, the reason we need to BECOME OUR BEST… is so that we can GIVE OUR BEST.

To that end, along with several friends, we are putting together a team that will work harder than we’ve ever worked on anything before… to achieve results and help others at a level we may never have previously thought possible.

And who knows, maybe you’ll even want to come along. Here’s to each of us becoming… and giving… our best.

Enjoy the video :)

 
Photo Credit:

CaptainGoliath