It is so easy for us to get ahead of ourselves. To suffer defeat at the hands of our own mind before we even get started. We have such high standards, which alone isn’t a bad thing. But our potential is constantly being sacrificed at the hands of our ego. We don’t start something because we won’t be the best at it from the very beginning. We can’t stand the idea of failing. We’re not going to be enlightened today or as a good a mediator as Goenka tomorrow so we’re terrible at sitting. Why even start? The thing is no one is the best at anything when they start. How good were you at walking the first time you tried? Talking? What if you had given up? What we so easily write off as talent or some magical ability is actually pursued interest diligently refined. The best weren’t always the best but they practiced, failed, practiced, failed, practiced, overcame, practiced and at some point started to persevere. They realized the only failure is giving up. Anyone who is excellent at something will tell you this. They worked their ass off. While the work and sacrifice certainly isn’t always easy, when we are passionate about something it is easier. One of my favorite and most valued teachers once told me when faced with tough challenges ask, “Is this blessed?” Is the decision I’m making natural and being guided by the universe, higher power or whatever you wish to call it; or am I forcing it? If we are honest with ourselves this question can make the right answer to our most difficult dilemmas clear. Keep in mind this doesn’t mean the consequences will be easy to handle or what you hoped for. However, If you remain present and stay focused on that which is blessed things will be much easier and the results more fruitful than you could have ever imagined. A jug fills drop by drop. Daily practice brings daily improvement. Success is a process, not a destination. Remember, your actions are your only true possessions. Don’t give up on yourself, ever.