By the Chief Staff Sgt. Aaron Hemberger, 736th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
/ Posted on June 25, 2021
What does being the best mean to you? Can you work on improving yourself? Is there a version of you that you haven’t discovered yet?
Always try to think big! Evaluate your thought patterns. Think about the way great leaders think. The thoughts in your mind go a long way in defining what you do and how you see yourself. You will face challenges in life, but there is always hope. Keep a positive attitude and your whole life will work towards becoming the greatness you have in mind.
As challenges arise, you must remember to believe in yourself. Believe that you are a good person; a successful person! To be considered a better person, you need to be kind in your relationships. Low self-esteem, thinking you are a failure, or setting yourself too low of standards keeps you from being what you really deserve to be.
To be your best, you need to set goals. Everything you do should have a goal attached in some form or another. Goals will naturally help you stay focused and determined to become better at whatever it is that you are striving to be. It is important to make sure that your goals are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound). You may need to make adjustments, but if you have no vision of where you want to be, how will you know if you are going in the right direction?
Time is now one of the most precious resources for human beings. How you spend your time matters. Are you exhausting it on the trivial things or spending more time on the activities that will help you make yourself the best person you want to be. There is nothing wrong with delegating when you have too much on your plate. Don’t be afraid to ask for help to lighten your load and use all the resources at your disposal.
Another thing you can do to be your best is step out of your comfort zone. Take on new challenges and don’t be afraid to fail. Opportunities come with the successes and failures of the challenges we face in life. Instead of focusing on the fear of failure or the added stress, think about the end results and how you will be better all around. If you hold on to your past failures, you will never be able to move forward. You only learn from your mistakes and become wiser from others. Everyone has failed at some point in their life. It’s not about what makes them fall, but how they got back up, stronger than before.
At the end of the day, remember that no one is stopping you from changing. You are your only competitor to become the best of who you are.