08 Sep Aim for Happiness not just Okayness
Enjoy another message from Lou Tice and consider it within the context of my principle that too many people accept an “okay” life rather than aiming for life of true and wonderful happiness. You can, if you try, have much more than a life without misery…you can, instead, have a life full of happiness.
I hope you find this and my other happiness postings helpful and as always, invite you to post your comments and replies.
Winner’s Circle Network with Lou Tice – 9/7/07 – “Achieving Greatness”
What is the difference between mediocrity and greatness? Possibly not as much as you think.
You know, it really takes very little to make a big difference in our lives and in the world.
In professional baseball for example, most batters hit for an average of about .250, which means that they get one hit for every four times at bat.
Anyone who hits .300, three hits out of ten, is considered a star. By the end of the season, there are only about a dozen players out of hundreds in the leagues who have maintained a .300 average, and these are the ones who get the big contracts, the acclaim, and the TV commercials.
In other words, the difference between the great players and the ordinary players is only one hit out of twenty! This slim margin of greatness in baseball symbolizes to me the dynamics of greatness in life, because when we use just a tiny bit more of our potential, we become outstanding human beings.
Now, the purpose of being outstanding is not to win acclaim or glory, but to be more of what we can be. If you accept the idea that most of your present limitations are not based on any unchangeable reality but are rather the result of beliefs you hold about your reality, then the next step is to deliberately and systematically change those beliefs.
It’s called possibility thinking, and it’s a skill you can learn quite easily. You have probably done it before . . .
The Pacific Institute