“Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.” ~ Cadet maxim, United States Military Academy at West Point, New York …
Living life to the fullest requires we take risks… there is simply no way around it. It means not embracing low expectations out of fear of facing failure or disappointment down the road–failure is only permanent if we learn nothing from it and let it stop us from persevering onward. It means defining life on our own terms and not letting others set them for us–some people do not want us to take risks because they fear we might make them look bad when we succeed. Still others will want you to stay safe because they care greatly for you.
What we make of our lives is something only we can decide. We can allow others words and thoughts to influence our choices; we can even look to others as examples of how we want to live our lives, or perhaps even how we do not want to live them. Nevertheless, no matter where we end up sailing, we, ultimately, must steer our ships–we are the ones who make the final decisions on how we are going to live our lives. And since we are the only one who can hear the words of our heart and soul speaking, it is essentially up to us to listen to them and allow them to help us to define our lives.
Never settle for less. Even if those around you embrace mediocrity–doing their best to do their least–you have the potential for something far greater. Set goals. Get back up after you fall. Moreover, always remember that if you “expect more than others,” more than others is what you will get.
Believe in your ability to succeed.
Questions to consider:
Why might we sometimes settle for so little in our lives?
How high are your expectations? How have they reached that level?
What might we experience if we always strived to do things “more than others?”
For further thought:
“The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.” ~ Maureen Dowd