I’ve got to be the best.

Now, wait one second.

I don’t mean that in a competitive sense. I mean that in a very singular and personal sense. But I thought I’d give you the uncut version of what it sounds like in my head and what it resonates like in my heart.

It simply means being the best version or form of me.

I used to recoil when challenged to be better or do better. It’s uncomfortable and feels insulting. But think of it like this: When you ask someone for their best, you may be challenging, but you are not difficult or trying. You are seeing beyond their status quo. You are seeing who they deeply and uniquely are. You see what they really have to offer to the world. It is a compliment – not an insult.

So how do we become the best version of who we are? I’ve distilled it down to three things. Before you can become the best, you need to know who and what you are. So firstly, ask yourself:

  • Who am I?
  • What do I really want to do?
  • What is my heart’s deepest desire?
  • What do I really want to leave behind?

When you know the answers to these questions you need to align the direction of your life with these answers. You do this by changing your thoughts. Changing your thought patterns changes your life. Inside and outside. Then lastly, you continue doing this by changing the way you make decisions and conform these choices to your true self.

When you do those things with determination, you become the best: the best version of you.

I’ve done these things and I’ve realised that I have a unique contribution to make to the world I live in. If I don’t do it no one ever will. Consider it this way: You can’t inherit someone’s finger print. You can’t inherit someone’s purpose and dream.  It would be an opportunity wasted.

What is there in your heart that you can offer you to give people hope and make them smile? If you don’t do it, nobody will. Embrace it. Don’t recoil when someone challenges you to be the best. Let it be said of us: “We’ve given the best of who we are.”