Achieve Your Personal Best

Personal Best

What Does It Mean?

Michelle, a 17 year old, straight A student watched as her parents disappointedly read her most recent report card, all C's and D's. There was nothing unusual in her life, no illness, nothing had changed. She knew she had fallen below what she was potentially capable of but vigorously defended her position while repeating "I did the best I could." Did she?

Sam the father and husband always dreamed of starting his own business. He maintained his full-time job while planning and strategizing his business plans any spare moment he could find. He suddenly made the decision to quit his job that financially sustained his home and family and decided to put all his efforts into his new venture. Without enough start-up capital and the positive response he expected from potential clients, before long, he found himself in a financial predicament. His defense was "I gave it my best but I don't know what went wrong." Did he?

We all want to do our best and achieve our personal best. But what does that really mean? No one deliberately makes bad decisions. We only make them based on the limited scope of our knowledge and thinking. "Doing your best" or "achieving your personal best" means doing everything possible to make the best choice every step of the way. It means:

  • Knowing your limitations and when to seek outside help in making a good choices.
  • Knowing your strengths yet realizing that you don't know it all and that your choices are based on your limited experiences, so getting objective input can move you to a higher level of success.
  • Putting ego aside and not becoming over confident when making choices.
  • Having the ability to take advice from someone who has a reputation for making sound judgment.
  • Not allowing your emotions to cloud your judgment.
  • Avoid impulsive decisions.
  • Follow the examples of the clues left behind by successful people.

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    Thinking Your Personal Best

    Michelle obviously knew how to study and maintain good grades. However, she allowed something in her life to distract her from staying focused on her school work. At 17, and most likely a junior or senior in high school, this is a critical year in terms of grades. Allowing her grades to fall at such a critical time shows lack of focus. This is far from doing her best.

    Sam is obviously ambitious and motivated – 2 great qualities for success. Starting a business requires start-up capital to get it off the ground. This start-up capital is used for materials and supplies, professional and legal expenses as well the cost of product research and development. Because Sam quit his job without enough start-up capital, whatever resources he had was spent maintaining the home and family expenses, leaving a meager amount for investment into the business. Sam needed to get some outside input to create a business plan for allocating his funds and getting a realistic view of his business venture. When the money ran out, the family suffered as well as the business. His level of thinking did not allow him to produce the best results.

    To achieve your personal best means thinking in a way that produces the best results every time. It means:

  • Asking the right questions

  • Consulting with the best people

  • Finding the best solutions

  • Learning the best approach

  • Making a plan that can be certain to produce the best results

  • Feeling your best and most confident and ready to move forward

    To achieve your personal best means that your thinking must be on a such a high level that your chances of producing the best results are greatly improved.

    Personal Vision

    To achieve your personal best or to be your best means having a clearly defined vision. Without a vision it would be difficult to make the best decisions. You must create a vision for your personal and professional life that can give you the advantage in succeeding way past what you would without one. The process of fine tuning your vision gives you the opportunity to generate the best vision possible for you. To truly be your best a lot of thought and effort must go into defining your vision.

    How to Define Your Best Vision

  • Your vision must be exact and precise in your mind and must clearly state what you want to do with your life and who you want to become.

  • Clearly state your passions and dreams.

  • Understand what you are good at

  • Understand why you want to do this.

  • Create a mental picture that will inspire and motivate you.

  • Develop your most original and creative ideas.

  • Develop the highest quality of vision possible for you.

  • Broaden your scope of thinking and stretching way beyond your comfort zone.

    I encourage you to begin defining your personal vision. Write it down and create a statement for your life. It will serve as a compass to provide you with the sense of direction you need to make the best choices possible in every aspect of your life. This is one sure way to make sure you will achieve your personal best.

    Quotes on Doing Your Best

  • "Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment." - Oprah Winfrey

  • "As simple as it sounds, we all must try to be the best person we can; by making the best choices, by making the most of the talents we've been given." - Mary Lou Retton

  • "Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves." - Dale Carnegie

  • "It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and then do your best." - W. Edwards Deming

  • "We have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human responsibility." - Albert Einstein

  • "Demand the best from yourself, because others will demand the best from you… Successful people don't simply give a project hard work. They give it their best work." -Win Borden

  • "Never settle for anything less than your best." - Brian Tracy

  • "When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another." - Helen Keller

  • "Do your best every day and your life will gradually expand into satisfying fullness." -Horatio W. Dresser

  • "The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today." - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

    How To Be Your Best

    To achieve your personal best means making the best possible choices and decisions each day of your life. But how can one be in the frame of mind to make the best decisions each step of their lives? True we are human and are bound to make mistakes but even with our human frailties we can still put forth our best effort as long as we keep striving to achieve our best. Someone once said "Reach for the moon and if you fall short you may land on a star."

    Strategies for Achieving Your Best

  • Build your level of confidence. When you are confident the insecurities that can hold you back from putting your best foot forward will disappear. Please click here to learn more.

  • Learn from your past. The past lessons we have learned in life should be used as navigational tools for guiding us into making better decisions.

  • Think outside the box. Recognize that your thinking is limited to your knowledge and your experiences. Therefore, seeking outside help and resources can enhance your ability to broaden your thinking and as a result your decision-making skills.

  • Do not rush the process. Take some time to think about what you want to do. Do the research and get as much information as possible. Evaluate the pros and the cons, the benefits and the risks.

  • Work backwards. This means knowing what you want the outcome to be and working backwards starting from the top to achieve it. This means having a clear vision in your mind to help you set the proper goals.

  • Goal setting. Setting goals are great but creating a plan to accomplish the goal is the key to achieving the goal. This is where you have a chance to be your best. To be your best means developing a realistic, well-defined, extraordinary plan to achieve your goals.

    Now you are more informed on how to achieve your personal best. It's your turn to put your best self forward. If you feel you cannot do it alone get the help you need. I am always available to help.

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