This a great blog post by Jon Acuff. Success always feels so far away and many people give up before they actually reach extraordinary, but if they kept on pushing and striving, they would have realized that they weren’t so far away from their dreams. This inspired to me to go a little further, and I hope that it inspires you also. Shoot for beyond the stars, and continue to Chase your kids and your biggest most wildest dreams!
How to close the gap between ordinary and extra ordinary by Jon Acuff
We usually think the distance between ordinary and extraordinary is a thousand miles.
When we survey where we currently stand and where we’d like to land, the journey feels massive.
The gulf between who we are and who we want to be seems impossible.
The distance between what is and what could be seems overwhelming.
It’s not though. It’s a lot smaller than you think.
And two cups of yogurt reminded me of that recently.
I got the one on the left one morning at a restaurant. You’re supposed to put a handful of granola on top of the yogurt. But, even so, the cup was literally only half full. In their defense, there were a lot of people in line, things were hectic, and it’s just one cup of yogurt.
The cup of yogurt on the right was from a hotel I stayed at that same weekend. I had low expectations for the hotel yogurt. They’re not a restaurant. They’re first and foremost a place to sleep and not a place to eat. And yet, the cup was full.
The difference between the two cups is maybe two inches. Perhaps only a single extra scoop of yogurt. But those two inches made the difference.
When we see people we admire, we tend to assume they arrived at the platform they’re on via catapults. They cleared a million miles of life experience in a single bound and probably don’t even have any cavities.
That’s not true.
They got to where they are the same way you will. Inch by inch. Step by step. Yogurt scoop by extraordinary yogurt scoop.
A single action might not seem like much today. But whether you’re eating yogurt or trying to publish your first book, it can make all the difference.
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