So, do you have what it takes? I think with a little effort many of you most certainly could be – and that, my friends, is fantastic news!
A record breaker isn’t just one of those people that take the time to look up precisely how many powdered donuts were inhaled during a frantic 60 seconds in order to win a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. The people that research those records and then try to top feats like that by submitting a video of their own grotesque display to the good people at Guinness are not the sort of record breakers to which I am referring. I’m talking about potential record breakers like you and me. I’m talking about those of us that may not have enough time in the day to practice devouring insane amounts of donuts in very little time but about those of us that could break through a personal best at the end of the month.
Anyone can become a record breaker and (in my opinion) everyone should try because it means that you are growing. Personally, I reap great benefits (both mental, emotional and often financial) when I break records in my life, and records with my family, and in our two businesses (Alpha & Omega dog training and Stevens Family Kennels). I love it. So I just wanted to take a moment to encourage and challenge anyone reading this to at least consider the possibility that you may be an untapped record breaker! We know there is a reason you are alive on the earth today. We know that nobody out of the 7 Billion people on earth is just like you. That’s spectacular! So what are you gonna do about it?!
Step 1. Take an honest look at your life. There will be definite areas where growth is needed and there will be areas of strength where you could potentially ease off the gas pedal and let that coast for a little while. Be forthright with yourself. It’s okay to begin breaking records in an area of strength though because then, as you gain momentum from month to month, you might want to venture into areas of weakness and try to tidy those up with a new personal best.
Step 2. Decide which area of your life you want to break a personal record in. This is the exciting part. It can be in ANY area! It could be bettering a relationship with a spouse or a child (maybe you decide to keep track of quality time spent, or number of gifts or compliments given this month, or the number of phone calls). You could break a record physically with your workout or your food choices (you’d be amazed how eating a large carrot every day can lead to weight loss – those disgusting, orange root tubers require a lot of chewing which then fools the mind and mouth into thinking you are full). You could break your record financially as you decide to crush last months haul and earn more commission, or maybe because you boldly arranged a meeting with your boss to get that overdue raise. Even the sky is not the limit if you can just believe that.
Step 3. Get a vision and be your own cheerleader. Vision questing is nothing new. It usually takes time and sacrifice and open-mindedness. Many great men and women from history have searched for a vision. Many, upon finding theirs, followed it and changed the world. When’s the last time you set a goal or looked forward excitedly to the future while fully embracing the present? Even if you’re not out to change the world I want to encourage you to try and cultivate the belief all the same. Cultivate the belief that just maybe, if the circumstances were right, you could change the world! I’ve heard it said that without a vision the people will perish. Once you have a vision then guard it and stubbornly hold fast to it. Once you have a proper vision learn to encourage and cheer for yourself (with relation to your vision) because many times throughout life you may be the only one doing that.
My grandmother’s family can trace their roots back to Scotland. They were from the Highland clan Ross. I want to share their motto with you now as an encouragement. It reads, Spem Successus Alit. That can be translated as “Success nourishes Hope.”
Friends, once you begin to break records (once you tap into some success) you’ll always have hope and a bright future in the area you’ve chosen to focus on. Once you taste what it’s like to crush a personal best at the end of the month (set your records monthly) and then do that repeatedly as the year goes by – be careful – because you just may become addicted. Forget the powdered donuts, baby, because if you follow the steps listed above you’re already on your way to authentic growth, better relationships, better vigor and physicality, and more finances, and… you’ll be a record breaker in no time at all.