6 Inspiring Quotes on Transcending Limitations and Reaching Greatness

November 8, 2015

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How to live relentlessly.

"In the beginning is effort and in the end is a gift" (Path of the Just, Ch. 26). How do we motivate ourselves to dedicate ourselves to consistent effort in our lives? Tim S. Grover, the creator of Attack Athletics and author of Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable, teaches us about the incredible power to transcend our limitations and reach our full potential.

Here are six core Jewish values embedded within these choice quotes from his book Relentless.

1. “In order to have what you really want, you must first be who you really are.”

Search for yourself. Go beyond the surface. Learn what makes you tick. What motivates you? What challenges you? Before Avraham could become a leader, God told him “go to yourself.” First find out who you are and then have the courage to stay true to what you find.

2. “Bottom line if you want success of any kind: you have to be comfortable being uncomfortable. You control your body, it does not control you.”

Our bodies are tools that we are given to achieve our goals in life. Stay in the driver’s seat. When we allow the body to take the steering wheel, we lose direction. Harness the power of the physical and make it work for you.

3. “Every minute, every hour, every day that you sit around trying to figure out what to do, someone else is already doing it. Make a choice, or a choice will be made for you.”

Don’t sit around too long overthinking what to do. Ultimately, we are judged by what we do. Don’t wait until you are ready. None of us ever is.

4. “Anyone can start something. Few can finish. Priorities change if you don’t constantly protect and defend them.”

If we don’t consistently work to make our values the most important elements in our lives, we will lose our grasp on what is essential for us. Guard your values.

5. “Whether you’re an athlete, an entrepreneur, a CEO, a rock star, or you’re just starting out in life, know what you know and what you don’t know. Most of the time when we ask for advice, we don’t want the truth. We want the answer we are seeking. Be open to advice that goes against what you want.”

Be open to new ideas and different approaches to life. We need to be clear about what we know, but we also need to be honest about what we don’t know.

6. “The greatest battles you will ever fight are with yourself, and you must always be your toughest opponent. Always demand more of yourself than others demand of you. Life can be complicated. The truth is not.”

The most important challenges we will ever confront happen inside of us.

Rabbi Shimshon Pincus taught, "That's the way it works. We get up, fall and get up again. That's the key to it all." With God’s help and our steadfast commitment to make the hard choices, we can win the battle.

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