Like most of you, the first thing I do after rolling out of bed in the morning is stagger to the bathroom, eyes still half-shut, grumbling something about my bed's uncanny ability to become more comfortable after my alarm goes off.
The difference between you and me though, is that when I relieve myself each morning, I don't just pee, I piss excellence. Not only that, but when I work out, I sweat greatness. And every word I utter during the day is akin to liquid gold - smooth and flowing, inconceivable in its value. Flat out, I ooze awesomeness.
Alright, so, obviously, none of the above is true. I am not actually that self-righteous; it was a joke. And, this post isn't at all about bodily fluids - though I admit to being a bit curious about the possibility of secreting superlatives - so, if you are actually discharging some unidentified substance, know that I cannot help you. You need to go to a doctor...yesterday.
All kidding aside, this post is about the pursuit of excellence. More specifically, it's about deciding to be great everyday.
The truth is, that brazen display of bravado two paragraphs ago couldn't be farther from the truth. Most days I struggle to keep myself from drowning in a pool of my own doubts. I exist in a constant battle between self-loathing and self-importance, and the loathing usually wins out in the end.
This post is as much for me as it is for you. It's all too easy to wallow in self-pity, to allow worry and stress overwhelm us, and to resign ourselves to inaction. It's the path of least resistance after all. But it's also the path to continued self-pity, and a life governed by fear.
I'm afraid of failing. The thought of falling short of my potential makes me sick. And as a result, the prospect of chasing greatness is terrifying. What if I can't get there? What if I'm not good enough?
I'm constantly haunted by these thoughts. Quite literally, they keep me up most nights. But in the end, the only thing I fear more than failure is not trying at all.
So every morning, I do my best Ricky Bobby impersonation, look my reflection square in the face and say, "Here's the deal. I'm the best there is, plain and simple. I mean, I wake up in the morning and I piss excellence."
Everyday we must decide whether to become our best selves and create a life of success; or to drift, being swept along by life's current, too afraid to fight in search of something bigger.
The process is long and difficult, but it begins with a choice. Are you going to be first or last?