I have thought a lot about this over the years. I have watched individuals and teams achieve what many had said was impossible. I have seen people shut down incredible odds to realize their dreams. What is it, exactly, that enables them to do that? I believe it is that same thing that sets the SEALS apart in their training as elites: They manage to push beyond into that extra forty percent.
In my own experience and observation, and in listening to those who have coached and achieved the impossible, here is what I have learned:
3. "I like criticism. It makes you strong" (LeBron James). Another thing that separates the wildly
4. "Have patience. Everything is difficult before it is easy" (Saadi). Sometimes, the fastest way to something is far from the best way. I have found in my life that anything that is worth having requires both hard work AND patience. You may hear a thousand no's, but all you need is that one yes! Instead of hearing no, hear "Not Now." Waiting is SO hard....but anyone who has had to endure waiting knows it takes a lot of energy. Patience is the art of enduring the wait and keeping the upbeat, will do (not can do) attitude.
5. "Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail" (Ralph Waldo
I hope this is helpful in some small way. At the very least, maybe it will give you something to think about as you assess your goals and dreams, your gifts and talents, and your willingness to push beyond that forty percent.
Attached, are two articles about pushing beyond limits, and, of course, the infamous McRaven speech. What stands out to you? What is your secret formula for success and pushing beyond your limits? Teachers who read this blog: here is your chance to also share your wisdom with scholars!
Article #1: https://hbr.org/2012/07/how-hard-are-you-willing-to-pu.html
Article #2: http://dereklauber.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-summiting-everest-running-inventing-light-bulbs/
McRaven's Speech - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxBQLFLei70