“How to Have the Best Day Ever” (005/005): Be The Man in the Arena
by Live Better
There is one final step to this journey to "have the best day ever, every single day"...and it's the first (real) step.
You've made your plans, built your team, and thought through every contingency and potential failure point - you're ready to go.
Now we must do exactly that - GO.
The "man in the arena" is the person that is willing to follow their intuition's footsteps in the sand and take a chance to put forth action. It's time to put down the pen and pick up the proverbial sword.
The perfect plan you never follow is worthless.
For those of you that have never heard this quote from Teddy Roosevelt, it's worth laying out (it changed our lives):
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
Do you want to be sitting with those "cold and timid souls" on the sidelines, complaining about how tough life it for them, never having attempted to take a stand in life for something the believe in?
We sure don't. And I'm guessing if you're reading this neither do you.
We picked out a few parts of this quote we love (side note: nothing worse than reading inspirational quotes and then not doing anything with them), which are underlined and highlighted in red.
First, you must actually do. You will get dusty, sweaty, and bloody if you're to do anything worth doing. What follows is that you will (inevitably) fail at some things, which is okay.
Second, you must "know great enthusiasms." This is the "best day ever" mindset. It is buckling down when life gets hard and making the decision to have the next moment be better than the last. You make your own "luck." To have great enthusiasms, you must also have great health, both physically and mentally. This is the foundation of Live Better; health and wellness is the fuel and the driver to pursue life's purpose.
Third, the "worthy cause." This is the purpose. Pick something you are proud of (side note: you should be proud of how you make money, even it's a means to an end), motivated by, and enjoy doing.
If you let the judgement of the people sitting on the sidelines seep into your mindset, causing more self-doubt, it's your fault. They know nothing of your struggles because they don't understand taking the risk; why let them toy with the limits of your success?
Now, what're you going to do to have the best day ever, today?