“Why not chase what some see as impossible? Why not believe in yourself? Why not dare to be great ... even if it means being different?”
Good morning, friends! I sure hope you had a great a weekend as I did. Too many things to share, but I hope they pale in comparison to your great weekend. Let’s start the week off right.
Only the faithful few will know the name of today’s quotable giant, John Smoltz. Smoltzy, as he was affectionately called, was a fantastic pitcher for the Atlanta Braves during their unparalleled run of success from 1991 to 2005. Yesterday, July 26, 2015, Smoltz was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, recognizing his sustained excellence.
Only Smoltz didn’t see himself as anything great, at least not inherently. In his own words, he wasn’t the most talented, athletic or gifted. His great talent was hard work and absolute belief in himself, and look were it got him! Do you ever evaluate your dreams or ideas in light of your talents and/or giftedness and allow them to die? Pity. I wonder how many of your dreams and ideas would be real today if you had instead banked on your hard work and belief in yourself?
Something true of myself and of many people I meet is an excellent ability to evaluate the past but a poor ability to translate the gained knowledge into actions for the future. We look back and realize that a bit more effort here and there, or a reasonable determination applied in the same places, would have made all the difference in the world. If then, why not now? Surely you have a dream or idea begging today for your hard work and faith in yourself. Why not give them a try?
Halls of Fame are not erected for ordinary people like you and me. In most cases our greatest achievements will only be known to ourselves. Can you draw a line with your hard work and self-worth to achievements worthy of fame in your own mind? I’ll bet you can and I pray you will, and if you need a speaker to introduce you on that great day of recognition, call me. I’d be honored! Don’t sell yourself short; give yourself a great effort, believing you can do great things. And have a wonderful week!