One of my favorite quotes comes from Steve Prefontaine in response to Coach Bowerman telling him to stop running at the front of the race and instead draft until the pivotal moment of the race. Prefontaine said, “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” Prefontaine believed that running a race at sub-max effort, even if it earned him the win, had no value. To him, it was not a race but a test of his potential.
Everyday, we wake up with the possibility of fulfilling our potential. How much potential we have on a given day changes with the environment. Right now, some of us are facing one of the greatest challenges of our lives which limits what we can achieve. All we can ask of ourselves is meet the potential of that day. If we do this everyday consistently, the results will come abundantly.
If you want to achieve greatness, do what you are capable of today.
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