How many times have we heard that our true potential is limited only by the scope of our own thoughts, dreams, and beliefs? Too many times to count. I don't just believe it, I know it's true. I assume that deep down inside many others follow that line of thinking as well. The problem is that the concept puts all the responsibility on each of us, when it would be so much more convenient to just cast blame somewhere else.

I am frequently bewildered when having conversations with individuals about their future, by their underwhelming lack of vision, dreams, and motivation. When I suggest the above concept, they often begrudgingly nod their head and say, "I know," but seem burdened with the responsibility of directing their own destiny. What I really think I'm hearing is, "I know, but it sounds like work, and I don't think I want to do it."

Really? You've got to be kidding me! THIS IS NOT YOUR PRACTICE LIFE. THIS IS THE REAL THING. GET UP, GET BUSY, AND GET EXCITED. YOU WILL NEVER HAVE ANOTHER TODAY. EVER! (And yes, the CAPS mean I'm yelling. I'd shake them too if I could do that on here.)

I guess I get it to a certain extent. Excellence is hard work, but the misery of giving up the control to make a difference in our lives is no walk in the park either. It might be 'easier,' but it is NOT more fun.

Do you or don't you? Will you or won't you? I was going to ask 'Can you or can't you,' but you can.

Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can't; you're right. - Henry Ford.

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