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 and Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. Her latest bookTiny Buddha's Gratitude Journal, which includes 15 coloring pages, is now available for purchase. For daily wisdom, follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram..

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  • It is incredible to see the difference when you do something every day.

    It works both for your own development but also for projects.

    If you do something on a project every day before long the project will be completed.

    The same is true for your development, if you learn one new thing every day, you will quickly become one of the most knowledgable people in any industry.

  • Thanks so much for sharing, Lori. Having recently joined the ranks of the unsalaried, this is a very timely post. I refuse to consider myself ‘unemployed’; I have too much to do, and too much to contribute. There are days when I would rather leave the blinds closed, and hide in the dark wishing the day away. But I get up, and if what I was working on yesterday isn’t inspiring me, I put a pin in it, and move on to another task, remembering that you don’t fail until you stop trying.

  • You’re most welcome. I’ve been in the land of the unsalaried many times before, and I also know that feeling of wanting to burrow under the covers. I always feel a lot more empowered and free when I choose to focus on what I can do and then make the conscious choice to do it.

  • “We all have the same ability to … apply ourselves”.  Indeed!  Great motivation for a Friday afternoon.