Tiny Wisdom: On Committing and Achieving

“Continuous effort—not strength or intelligence—is the key to unlocking our potential.” -Winston Churchill

If you’re anything like me, you probably noticed at some point in your life that you’re not the best at everything.

Maybe it was when you were pushing yourself to accomplish something, or maybe you noticed someone else’s achievements and started making comparisons. However it looked in your experience, you probably recognized that there are people who are smarter, better educated, and more talented than you are.

Maybe this slowed you down in pursuing the things that matter to you. If other smarter, more knowledgeable, more gifted people have tried and failed, why would you succeed?

But that logic disregards the undeniable truth that we all have the same capacity to commit and persevere, regardless of our skills. We may all have different gifts, but we all have the same ability to believe in ourselves, apply ourselves, and impress ourselves by how much we can grow when we keep going.

We all have the potential to improve, little by little over time, and, in doing so, create endless possibilities for what we can do and become.

Of course this all depends on our ability to focus on our own progress without comparing it to someone else’s.

Today if you feel unsure of what you bring to the table, remind yourself: Your job is to keep showing up. You can’t possibly be someone else’s best, but you can consistently redefine your own if you’re willing to stay in the game.

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About Lori Deschene

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha. She started the site after struggling with depression, bulimia, c-PTSD, and toxic shame so she could recycle her former pain into something useful and inspire others do the same. She recently created the Breaking Barriers to Self-Care eCourse to help people overcome internal blocks to meeting their needs—so they can feel their best, be their best, and live their best possible life. If you’re ready to start thriving instead of merely surviving, you can learn more and get instant access here.

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