Hello Beautiful.

Do you ever hear yourself speaking and think "Oh my goodness, that sounded like my mother talking!" And then you cringe slightly as you realize you have morphed into serious adulthood lol. Here is one piece of advice I bet your mother gave you:

ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST.

It's sage wisdom. Of course we should always do our best. But here is how I like to phrase it for a little more punch:

Don't go after anything with less than your best. 

The difference is a more proactive statement which implies you really really want the thing you are chasing. And therefore your best is not only preferred, it is required.

Sometimes when we are reaching for something new, we give ourselves escape clauses, and permission to do less than our best. Phrases like, I'll try. Or let's see how this goes. Or I'll give it my best effort. Which really means, "I'll give up if this becomes uncomfortable."

That's not winning, that's giving yourself an option to lose - or to accept less than what you want. It's called going through the motions. Do you ever watch students, or colleagues going through the motions? And don't you just want to give them a good shake?! lol

I am suggesting that you do not chase anything unless you are prepared to give it your BEST. I mean BEST best. I mean throw yourself in the arena, get bumps and bruises, fall down and get back up BEST. I mean try and fail, try and stumble, and keep going til you figure it out BEST.

Every problem is an opportunity for you to do your BEST.
Every door you walk through is an opportunity for you to do your BEST.
Every pang of fear is an opportunity for you to do your BEST.

Because BEST is what it takes for you to become excellent. And excellence will bring you kingdoms of rewards. Trust your calling. Trust yourself. Show up, in your BEST!

Don't go after anything with less than your best.

To your amazing success, xx