I once asked Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams what separates an ordinary woman from an extraordinary woman.
“The belief that she is ordinary,” she said.
Simply profound and profoundly simple. The only thing that limits you – is you. Think you are average? You’ll be average. Think you can do anything? You can.
Last night, I met a 22-year-old singer/musician who blew me and about 100 other people away with her voice. Afterwards, I asked her what her plan was for becoming famous.
“Oh, I don’t want to be famous,” she said. “I just want to be able to make a living doing this.”
“Shoot for the middle and that is where you will wind up,” I told her.
People who don’t shoot for the top – the very top – often limit themselves because they fear making an enormous emotional and personal commitment, and ultimately falling short. Well, so what if you do? So what if you have big dreams and accomplish only 70 or 80 percent of what you’d hoped? You’ll still be far ahead of where you will be if you just aim for the middle and stay there. And, your experience will be so much more interesting.
Achievement comes in trying what you are afraid to try. Achievement is not the ultimate success or failure of any attempt. It’s getting out there, getting dirty, trying your hardest and enjoying every aspect of the challenge. It’s expecting obstacles and conquering them. It’s recognizing and treasuring the support you get from people who love you and believe in you. Achievement is the knowledge that you are defining who you are every day, rather than letting the circumstances of life define that for you. The reward in all of this is that you are living your life and choosing extraordinary. risperdal weight gain space cowboys download free
Fawn Germer is the best-selling author of four books and speaks to corporations and organizations about courages and creative leadership strategies.