It is Always Important to Aim Above the Mark in order to reach the Mark.
“Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.”–Henry David Thoreau
“In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, they had better aim at something high.”–Henry David Thoreau
It has been duly noted that ‘Change’ is difficult for most people. Many times it seems that our entire identity is wrapped up in that which we’d learned as children. Even as adults we tend to believe that the things learned in childhood will continue to work for us when dealing with people, allowing us to survive, thrive as well as, fit in.
At the same time there are those people who have had to learn to thrive while in the midst of change and have had to learn to be adaptable by being open to new ideas while embracing change, yet, many others have had to fight for survival and every table-scrap that came their way. Behavior is learned and it takes ‘work’ to unlearn and dismantle these old beliefs.
The truth of the matter is that a win-win is always possible. Once you are able to see beyond your ego and recognize that abundance is available, as well as, people, minds, and ideas can come together and create amazing changes that improve the current scenarios for many, many people.
“Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and choice, is thought to aim at some good; and for this reason the good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim.”–Aristotle
When you work with people who have an abundant and generous attitude, you are uplifted, the team soars, and amazing energy and creativity is unleashed.
But, at the same time this type of attitude will be much harder to sustain, and elevate within others when you encounter individuals driven by the mindset of scarcity and competition.
People such as Steve Jobs who are visionaries, have sought to bring about such mind shifts in society and in business.
Aim Above The Mark: It is often better to take the high road.
This isn’t about judging others as wrong or seeing yourself as better than others. It is about recognizing your own truth as to how you wish to BE in the world.
Never compromise your integrity.
Never get caught up in the competition.
Always see the vision, see the outcome, and feel the purpose and passion you’re driven to offer the world, then give it freely. We will all die. You will not take anything from this life with you. So therefore, give what you have to offer the world. What is not given will be lost forever.
“Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.”–David Frost
If it is your goal to truly bring about positive change and serve others, then how it will be accomplished becomes less important and seeing it accomplished becomes more important.
Though it may be a blow to your ego when others criticize your inspiration, or someone takes the credit for something you’ve introduced, holding fast to the benefits for everyone will often soften the sting. It is important to pick and choose those places where you’ll offer yourself. The key will be to evaluate whether it is serving a common good.
When you’re getting compensated for your contributions, an attitude of gratitude will serve to your spirit, peace. However, if you continually feel abused and stomped on, maybe it’s time to move on to a more collaborative team, as well as, a more receptive and appreciative audience.
Knowing that you are accomplishing your purpose and living your passion will be your reward. In time, it will be recognized.
Impostors will eventually be seen and heart & soul will always outlast the mind & ego.
Along the way, through the journey, that is your life and career, you will need to hold fast to the true inner qualities and nature of the brilliance that is YOU. Never allow these negative experiences to become something that undermines your value. You are not the negative experience! Many times, the negativity we experience from others, is more a reflection of them and less about who you are.
Since we all have different lenses, different gifts, different wiring, and different experiences. Difference will not be something to be judged, it is a gift of diversity that brings the pieces of the puzzle of life together and creates a society, a solution, a technology, etc., together for the benefit of us all.
Aim Above the Mark and never doubt yourself when others cannot see the vision you see. Remain true to yourself, keep your intentions high being filled with integrity and ethics, and the transition will be that you will attract the right support, the right people, and the right opportunities. Lower the ego and Aim Above the Mark of the vision.
“An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.”–Robert Louis Stevenson
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