Do The Best You Can

DO THE BEST YOU CAN

How easy is it to get up in the morning when you know you’re not doing all that it takes?
It’s not very easy at all.
You can just lay there awake thinking ‘Oh, what’s a few more minutes in bed, it won’t matter much anyway.’

Wrong.
It does matter.
It will matter.

Now, how easy is it to get up in the morning when you’re pouring it on?
Doing the best you can.
Anxious to get going.
Make progress toward your dreams.
It’s a whole different story.

When you’re resting to renew your reserves, it’s much easier than resting to avoid your day.
When you’re psyched up and excited for your life.
When you’re excited with what you’ve planned to accomplish for the day.
It’s amazing – you’ll wake up before the alarm clock even tries to startle you awake.

Your successes fuel your ambitions.
Your successes give you extra energy.
Your successes pave the way for more successes.
It’s the snowball effect; with one success you’re excited to meet another.
And another…
And another…

And pretty soon the disciplines that were so difficult in the beginning, the disciplines that got you going are now part of your philosophy.

How do you know when you are successful?
Do you have to be a millionaire?
No.
All we ask of you is that you earn all that you possibly can.

If you earn $10,000 a year and that’s the best you can do – that’s enough.
God and everything else will see to it that you are okay.
The key is to just do the best you can.
If it’s $10,000 a year – wonderful.
If it’s $100,000 a year – wonderful.
If it’s $1,000,000 a year – wonderful.
It doesn’t matter $10,000 a year or $1,000,000 a year.
It doesn’t matter as long as you’ve done the best you possibly can.
Earn the most you possibly can.
Be the most you possibly can.

And here’s why…
The essence of life is growth.
The essence of life is growth.
To do the best you possibly can.

And here’s what’s interesting.
Humans are the only lifeform that will do less than they possibly can.
Humans are the only lifeform that will settle for less.
Every other lifeform except human beings strive to its maximum capacity.

How tall will a tree grow, approximately?
As tall as it possibly can.
You’ve never heard of a tree growing half as high as it could.
No, trees don’t grow half – trees send their roots down as deep as possible, stretch their limbs up as high as possible, produce every leaf possible and every fruit possible.

As a matter of fact, you’ve never heard of a human physically growing half.
We keep growing until we’re done.
Now that’s a part of life that we can’t control.
It’s genetically coded and that’s probably why we keep growing until we’re done.
Because we can’t control that part.
It’s the rest of our growing that we can control.

The growing of our minds.
The expansion of our minds.
That we can control.
And that’s what tends to get away from us.
All lifeforms inherently strive to their max except human beings.
Now why wouldn’t human beings strive to their maximum possibility?

Here’s why:
Because we’ve been given the dignity of choice.
It makes us different than alligators and trees and birds.
The dignity of choice makes us different than all other lifeforms.

And here’s the choice:
To become part of what we could be – enough to get by.
Or to become all that we could be.
My best advice for you is to choose the all.
Earn all you can.
Make all the friends you can.
Read as many books as you can.
Develop as many skills as you can.
See as much as possible.
Do as much as possible.
Make as much fortune as possible.
Give as much away of it as possible.
The max.
There’s no life like it.
I’m telling you, once I got on track, I’ve never looked back.
Take up the challenge, go for it!

Take the best of the two easy’s.
Take the route of “It’s easy to get ahead,” “It’s easy to do all you can,” “It’s easy to succeed,” “It’s easy to have financial freedom,” “The more you do, the more you get.”

So the two primary benefits of positive reinforcement are:
1) To build good habits
2) To create more energy to fuel your ambitions, your desires, your achievements

How can you isolate what’s working for you and what isn’t?
How can you make sure that you are reinforcing your positive disciplines?
Well, if it isn’t apparent, easy to see right away, if what you’re doing is happening in such small increments that you’re not sure that you’re on track, then you need to be writing it down.
You need to keep a journal anyway.
But if you really aren’t sure that what you are doing is making measurable progress, you need to keep a written record.

You need to write down everything that may be relevant in your day:
What you did,
Who you saw,
What you felt,
How it may or may not affect you now and in the future.

The best way to track your activities of the day is to write them down.
The best way to track your activities of the week is to write them down.
The best way to analyze your progress through the year is to have written it down.

Why?

So you can look back back on it.
Because by keeping a written record of your life, you will be more accountable.
By putting in to writing the action steps that you have planned, you will easily see what works and what doesn’t.
Most people just try to get through the day; never writing anything down, never keeping track of their progress along the way, never really knowing if they are doing all they can to reach their goals – to drive their ambition.

But gifted people learn to get from the day.
They don’t let a day end without picking up some valuable experience, some emotional content, some idea that may positively affect their future.
To get the most from a day, to learn the most from a day, you need to be able to reflect on the day.

And how can you reflect on a day unless you record it in history?

Jim Rohn
1930-2009