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Stretch Your Capacity

Every day  – every. single. day. – we have the opportunity to test our limits.  To see how far we can go.  And for most of us, we never come close to seeing our full potential, to know the true possibilities.  We claim that life has thrown some obstacle (or many obstacles) in the way, and we will not be able to stretch ourselves until we address the obstacle(s).

Well, when you hurdle the obstacle, circumvent the obstacle, or just plain smash the obstacle, you are beginning to stretch yourself.  You are beginning to test yourself to see how far, how high, how deep you can go.  You are beginning the process of seeing your limits.  And once you see your limits, you will be able to see that much farther.

But we often don’t challenge ourselves.  We often hide behind fear or anxiety or worry, instead of letting ourselves shine in the light.  I see so many people unwilling to “leave it all on the floor”.  Instead, they do what is possible, what is approximate, what is do-able, and then move on.  I have been guilty of this many times.  But, I have also started to challenge myself to test my limits.  To see how far I can truly go.  To stand squarely in the limelight.

Yes, I am worried where the journey will take me.  I must have faith that it is better, more rewarding, more enriching that what I have now.  We may want to settle for good (and there is so little wrong with ‘good’), but what would it take for ‘great’?

How much would we need to stretch to feel great, to make something great, to have a great legacy?  It is scary, nerve-wracking, and also exhilarating to think of being great.

I want it.  I want to see how far I can really go.  I hope you do, too.  Help me build my legacy.  Challenge me to be great.  I promise to do the same for you.

It’s time to start s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g!


What Vision is Pulling You?

“If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed.  The vision pulls you.” – Steve Jobs

What vision is pulling you right now?  What desire or dream or goal is pulling you closer and closer to the end?  Do you know what success will look like or fee like when you achieve it?

I am focusing on several personal and professional goals right now.  And, while I know “to have many goals is to have no goals”, I also know that there are a lot of great things happening in my life right now.  I hope the same is true for you.

My major goal is to be pulled in the same direction by my many competing ideas and visions.  To do that means I would have created synergy in my work, harmony in my life, and purpose in my actions.

Dream big.  Make excellent mistakes.  Create opportunities to be pulled by your visions.

Obstacles or Opportunities?

”Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” – Henry Ford

Good grief!  Keep your eyes on the prize!

Never for a moment stop when you have stumbled.  Keep moving forward.  Keep moving in the direction of your dreams.  Keep the momentum.  Keep moving.  To slow down or to stop allows you to see all of the obstacles in your path.  Yes, there is something to be said for “knowing the terrain”, and yes, there is also something to be said for “knowing yourself” and never letting the terrain trip you up.

Move.  Forward.  Now.

Never look for the obstacles; seek only to find the opportunities.

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