When you look into your crystal ball, what questions do you seek to answer? Will I be successful? Will I have all the things I’ve hoped for? Will I be happy?
These are all signs of a normal curiosity. But let’s look at the forecasting for a Super-achiever. "What will I become?" "What do I need to do in order to achieve that future?" "What must I do to become the person I ultimately want to be?"
Then there’s the Under-achiever who wants to know, "What am I going to get?" These are the individuals who believe that they will be rewarded because of who they are, not what they do. They sit back and wait for the spoils. And wait. And wait.
You are in charge of your future. You are the only one who can shape it. Do not expect others to sculpt your life because what you’ll live with is an amalgam of their perceptions, needs, and wishes. You’re at the mercy of others. Is this the destiny you want?
The true joy in life comes from the journey towards "becoming". Become a better person, a better professional, a better parent or friend. Become a good global citizen. Strive. Stretch. Reach.
Start today. Look at one task in front of you. Ask yourself, "How can I knock this out of the ballpark?" I believe wholeheartedly in the statement, "Reach for the moon. If you don’t get there, at least you’ll land among the stars."
The Super-achiever knows that individual achievements are just part of the bigger goal. It’s who you become along the way that defines you.