“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”
Not one for corny quotes, but WOW! That’s as real as it gets for someone at the start of anything! No matter the place you serve or work or spend your time, you have to make a constant effort to give of yourself to be great.
Without intentional contribution, thoughtful service and motivation to make yourself proud, you’re left producing mediocrity. I’ll go even further to say you’re left being just ‘good’. When I worked at Madison Square Garden, there was a sign in the middle of the corporate offices that read, “Good is the enemy of GREAT.” I’m sure you’ve heard it a ton. But it was different seeing it come to life… The few people that truly lived by that found themselves working at the world’s most famous arena, where most of Manhattan wants to spend their time. It’s a simple concept.
Giving of yourself takes time and effort. It takes more intentional thought – brainstorming of how to be more, come up with more, create more, serve more. And obviously you’ll have to dedicate more time to your project, team, family or work group when you’re constantly giving your best. But deep down, isn’t that what you want? To be the champ who never left anything to chance?
We all know someone who has had something huge just handed to them. Thank you Lord for blessing someone in that way. But for you and your situation, you put in sweat and hard work and overtime to get where you are – which might not be far in comparison to where you want to be!
I want to encourage you by saying greatness gives. Sometimes life takes and takes and takes and it feels like the rivers runnin’ dry. But let it play in your mind when you feel yourself getting tired. You can’t compete with the way someone else’s life works. But you can compete every single day with who you were yesterday. Do not be afraid to start, do not be afraid to give it your all. It seems difficult and overwhelming, but I think it’s secretly the vehicle that takes you to where you want to be.