My Dreams and Desires for Personal Excellence

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Someone once asked me what I believed in, what I wanted to get out of life and where I saw myself a couple of years from now…I was speechless, just standing there with a blank look upon my face, guess I looked like a deer in the headlights. At first I was outraged for not knowing what to say, and then I became concerned. Looking back I can say that I was afraid, afraid of wanting anything. I figured wanting would lead to trying and trying would lead to failure, and failure is not an option. A friend once told me I was much better than I thought I was, and he would help me do more in a positive sense, he was the one that helped me realize failure was something I shouldn’t be afraid of.

Since that moment I find that I can’t stop wanting. I want to fly somewhere in first class. I want to travel around the world on business trips. I want to get invited to the White House. I want to learn about the world. I want to continuously surprise myself. I want to be important. I want to be the best person I can be. I want my actions to define myself, instead of having others define me. I want to win and, I want to lose and learn from my mistakes. I want to look in the eyes of adversity and take it as an opportunity to grow, discover about myself and breakthrough my personal limits. I want to reach places no one has ever reached. I want to achieve goals everyone else thought were impossible. I want to be strong, not just army strong, I want strength that comes from within and keeps you going on when everything else has failed. I want to not be afraid of the unknown. I want to grow up to be generous and big hearted, the way my parents taught me; even though I’ll encounter situations of fear, jealousy and ignorance along the path to excellence...

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... that you can be each day that goes by. Personal excellence is not an intention; it is a way of living, a religion, something you eat, drink and breathe, something ingrained deep within your soul. Excelling is not about searching for excuses to show things can’t get done. It’s about caring more than others think is wise; risking more than others think is safe; dreaming more than others think is practical and expecting more than others think is possible. Excellence is not a skill, it’s an attitude; it is not an act, but a habit.

So now I must end this not without leaving you with this final thought: our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate; our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be excellent, gifted, talented and fabulous? So now I ask, who are you not to be?