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Demanding The Best For Yourself

Mark RaglandComment

“How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself?”

-Epictetus

Do you demand the best for yourself? Do you demand that you achieve everything you can now and in the future?

If you don’t, then your leaving potential on the table, and you’re not giving the rest of us everything you have to offer. I’m not challenging  to become famous or invent a world changing product, but I do believe that you owe it to yourself and to the world to demand the best of yourself.

I have definitely struggled with demanding the best for myself at times. In college, I often did the bare minimum amount of work in order to get the grades I needed. For me, the ultimate goal was to get the grade and move on to the next class, I wasn’t seeking to maximize what I could learn. Now I do seek to be the best I can be, but honestly it doesn’t always translate into action. I easily fall back into bad habits and allow myself to be distracted or get comfortable.

It’s easy to say you want the best for yourself, but what are you actually doing to make that happen? Right now I work in sales, and I want to be the best salesman I can possibly be. However, if I don’t commit myself to developing my skills and being as productive as possible, then it’s all fluff. Demanding the best for yourself must lead to action.

The world needs for us to be the best we can be. A lot of problems in our society are rooted in people not demanding the best from themselves. Spouses let their marriages fall into disarray, fathers leave children absent or are uninvolved, some politicians let matters slip through the cracks, and many persons have little regard for their health Then there are the millions of people who do the bare minimum to get by in life.

What if Thomas Edison didn’t demand the best of himself? George Washington? Maya Angelou? Steve Jobs? What if these people didn’t strive for excellence? Most of us will not end up in the history books, but we should strive for excellence anyway. The important thing is that we create a more positive world for the people that we come into contact with.

What if more people lived with purpose in their life? What if they took care of themselves and the people around them?

An important thing to remember here is this is about you being the best that you can be. Life is not a comparison game and you shouldn’t get down if someone else is better than you at something. Take care of demanding the best for yourself, not how it compares to others.

I need to demand that I’m the best husband, employee, writer, friend, brother, man I can possibly be. If I don’t then those areas of my life will suffer. It’s my responsibility to require excellence in my life.

It’s so easy to be comfortable today, to get to a point where you have done “enough” and become complacent from there. Doing the bare minimum at work, staying at the surface of our relationships, settling for lesser goals. Don’t fall into that trap. Your friends, family, coworkers, employees, customers, and everyone you come into contact with needs for you to be the best you can be. You’ll have no idea the impact you can have on the world unless you give it everything you can.

Mark

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