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Aim High

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.
— Michelangelo

Today is a big day for a few of our MAX athletes. Each one will be experiencing something big, new, and exciting for the first time. One of our athletes is competing at a higher level, one at a higher age, and three of them are participating in their first elite-level international event. Win or lose, this tournament is going to be a pinnacle point in their athletic careers. Steve and I couldn't be prouder...

Over the years, I have noticed a disturbing change in tournaments. Gone are the days of aiming high, shooting for the stars, and daring to go against the norm. No matter the sport, I notice athletes of all ages competing in levels lower than their ability. I am sure, the same is true in the workplace too. Such a disgrace. I am unable to grasp the notion that people would deliberately choose a level below their performance skills just to gain an unfair advantage. I guess I shouldn't be too surprised, everyone loves to win. But where is the pride, the dignity, the satisfaction, and the honor?  

People love being at the top, no matter what the level. Why move up into management just to start at the bottom of the totem pole, when I can be the boss of the bottom floor? Why should I compete in the advanced group when I will win in the beginner group? It is like we are satisfied with mediocrity, as long as we are the best at it. 

Maybe it was just my coach or maybe things were different a decade or two ago, but my teammates and I were always encouraged to "move up." I remember the first time I fought up to the black belt division. No, I did not win, but I gained a lot of experience and no longer feared those that wore a higher belt around their waist. I remember fighting girls bigger and older than me, I remember going against boys! Sometimes I even won (though many times I did not). But the reward of the experience greatly outweighed the medal around my neck. It never occurred to me to "fight down" or "take the easy win." Why has this mentality changed?

Is winning that important? Or, are we afraid to fail? Take a cue from my brave athletes and dare to dream big! Aim high, reach for the stars, raise the bar, set a new curve, and do not stop until you reach it! 


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