“No matter how good you are at planning, the pressure never goes away. So I don’t fight it. I feed off it. I turn pressure into motivation to do my best.”
– Dr. Ben Carson, Neurosurgeon
The Heart of the Competitor is constantly seeking ways to grow. These opportunities to grow may “fall into our lap” or they may be planned out. However, even in planning and preparing, the competitor is faced with situations that may not have been exactly as planned, like utilizing the GPS system that did not account for the road construction, there is a detour that now needs to be accounted for. However, it might be this detour that leads to a better way, a new experience.
We make many plans in our lives, we set lofty goals and aspire to accomplish these lofty goals and regardless of the planning we have put in place, the pressure to move forward will always be present. The Heart of the Competitor realizes this pressure will be present and feeds off it, realizing this pressure is needed for us to perform at our peak. The pressure signals to the competitor that they must call on all of their resources, focus, determination, and confidence to perform.
In seeking ways to grow, we are always at the edge of our capabilities, creating a state of unease and tension, but the mind and body will become accustomed to the stress and pressure. Dr. Ben Carson sought out ways to grow, pushing the boundaries of medicine. In pushing these boundaries, he was recognized as the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins at the head. In performing this surgery, he placed his skills at the edge of their capabilities and pushed further ahead to accomplish greatness. He took the risk, fed off the pressure and in turn, accomplished something that had never before been completed.
Question of the Day:
Name one way that you will push your boundaries, push your skills today. How are you going to push yourself?