Monday, September 7, 2015

Book Excerpt: THE 110 Is Not A Cliché

Admittedly, the phrase, "You've gotta give 110%" is overused; and we need another overused phrase like we need a hole in the head.  I have a bit of an axe to grind with clichés; but there’s no use crying over spilled milk because, when it comes to the concept of 110%, I’m ready to talk the talk and walk the walk.  I may be preaching to the choir here; but we will leave no stone unturned as we look for the light at the end of the tunnel, even if we discover that all that glitters is not gold.  So, let’s not shoot ourselves in the foot with negativity toward clichés. Rather, let’s shoot for the moon.  And, even if you’re not the sharpest pencil in the box, you will find some amazing things in this book; so don’t cut off your nose to spite your face.  After all, you can’t judge a book by its cover.

Whew! Enough of that!

Get it?

The phrase, "You've gotta give 110%" can easily stand beside these clichés as annoying and somewhat hackneyed.

There is a huge difference between perception and reality; but sometimes, you can fool yourself into thinking that your perception is your reality. Yes, the reality is that 100% is your maximum capacity; but tragically, most people have embraced an output level far less than their actual potential.  By doing so, they have unwittingly accepted an inferior output as their perceived 100%.  This false, perceived capacity might, in actuality, only be 50%, 75% or even 90% of their actual capability; but they have accepted this faulty perception as their reality.

Maybe this is you.  Maybe, you're exhausted by your job and you can't give it any more of your efforts, even though you know that – on your best day – you're not really giving it your best effort.  Perhaps, you're drained by the notion of putting any more energy into chasing your dreams, even though you know that – in your heart – those dreams aren't getting any of your current energy.  Possibly, you're wiped out at the thought of giving your family and friends any more of your time, even though you know that – if you could just manage your time a little better – you would have plenty of time for them.

If that is where you are right now, that's okay.  Don't be discouraged.  Don't judge it.  Simply acknowledge it.  Become watchful.  Become aware.

I know where you are; I've been there myself.  It is the existence exhaustion that comes from automated activity.  This existence exhaustion wears you down and makes it so easy for you to settle in and to accept your perceived 100%.  However, you can awaken into a dynamic life; can't you?  You can push past your personal perception of 100%, and you can discover that you are capable of so much more than you might think.

Your thoughts are incredibly powerful.  Your thoughts create your reality, and I’m not using some psycho-hocus-pocus-mumbo-jumbo.  If you are not happy with your life and if you want to make a change, then start by changing your thoughts.  Don’t let your thoughts master you; instead, master your thoughts.  Wake up!  Get out of your automated activity and get into a dynamic life!  Automated activity caps your potential, but full awareness lets you awaken to the presence of your self-imposed glass ceiling so that you can shatter it!

THIS IS A MAJOR KEY TO REMEMBER – Your perception determines your limitation.  Whatever you think is your 100% – whether it is 50%, 75% or even 90% of your actual capacity – you can push past your current, perceived limitations.  You can become THE 110!

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