“Heart is what separates the good from the great.”
I hope that everyone had a wonderful and safe holiday celebration and that safety and peace continue to be yours as we enjoy family and prepare to usher in the New Year.
Today’s quote is a beautiful reminder about the key component to “excellence” whether that excellence be found in our personal lives, social lives, spiritual lives or professional lives. How many times have you felt, “something missing” or that an activity once enjoyed doesn’t bring the same joy at another point in life? Often we make the mistake of thinking something is wrong with us, or that we are in a funk/depression. Of course, this type of thinking only saps more joy and energy from our days.
Or, if our lack of joy is work-related, we might think if we could just “do” something better, or learn more, or make more money, that empty void would be filled.
“Being our best” is the only way to fill that void. It is difficult to be our best though when we feel that void. This quote from Michael Jordan provides a key though often-overlooked component for filling the void within.
When we feel that emptiness, it isn’t a matter of doing more or doing less, it isn’t a matter of trying harder. That void is always a sign that reflection is needed because our heart is not fully present in the endeavor we are pursuing. Only when our heart is as present as our mind will we feel “great” instead of “good.”
You can test this theory by looking back at some of your happiest moments in 2010 or times when you felt everything was “clicking.” Think about where your mind was and where your heart was–odds are they were operating in tandem. When you feel an emptiness in any area of your life, take a moment to “take stock” of what your heart is telling you. It might be requesting a little adjustment in your routine, more self-care, or leading you down a different path altogether.
I listen to my heart.
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And as always, don’t forget to start your day with a heartfelt: “Something great is going to happen today… I can’t wait to see what it is!”
And when ending your day ask yourself: “What is one more thing I can do to make today matter?”