Don’t settle – Douglas Vermeeren
Too often people talk about what they want out of life but a careful examination of their reality reveals that there is a massive difference between the two. Why is that? Over the last decade I have conducted extensive research into the lives of high achievers and along the way I have had the chance to compare the lives of these people to those who… well, let’s put it this way, those who were not high achievers.
While there were many differences that were immediately evident one that was most striking to me was that those who achieved less were content to settle for what life gave them.
High achievers on the other hand pushed not a lot, but generally just a little harder. The difference between the effort of high achievers versus the efforts on “less” successful achiever on most days was a small amount of effort. Sure there were days that high achievers really pushed it with big efforts and long hours, but the momentum they gained pushing just a little further is what gave them the strength on the big and tough days. There is a lot of power in momentum and momentum begins with the little choices to go just a tiny bit further.
The word settle is found within the word settlement. If you’ll think back to the days of the old west settlements were built when people decided on a spot that they wanted to be permanently. They determined that this was where they would forever be. The felt they couldn’t do better than the current destination and so a settlement was made. (I understand why my family chose the spot they did in the summer. But I’ll never understand why the Canadian winters didn’t scare them off. I am not a fan of winter.)
If you would be a high achiever you need to abandon the idea of settlement. You are a nomad. You can’t stop in one spot. If you do you will automatically find yourself in an outdated and ineffective position. Top achievers are always content but never satisfied. They don’t settle. Instead they are the pioneers. They are the ones who blaze the trail. They leave settling for others.
Take a look at your life and consider what you really want. In what ways are you settling to accept what is happening to you rather than pushing just a little bit more to go for what you want?
Life is a gift. It is yours. You own your life and you can create whatever you want with it. It is your! Your time is NOW!