A few years ago, one of my coaches told me to jump as high as I possibly could. I riled up all of my energy, looked up, and jumped. He put a line on the wall to mark where my hand reached. Then, he told me to jump again. This time, he asked me to jump higher and pass that line.
If I jumped as high as I possibly could the first time, how could I realistically surpass that? It was the absolute best I could do, but apparently it wasn't. I saw what I accomplished first and beat that. And it was easy.
What is this saying? "Our best isn't really our best." That's a little too negative for me. I prefer to think that there is always room for improvement, a way to do better, a way to do more. This idea has stuck with me.
We, as human beings, generally have goals. We strive to reach those goals, whether it's to get the job or save the money or to be able to run those miles. We work and work and work to reach that goal. And then what? Of course, we should be proud of how far we've come and what we've accomplished, but we shouldn't necessarily stop there.
Push to improve that success. Plan to tackle another goal.
Maybe we can perfect our successes or start learning something new or even improve a relationship. Whatever the case, we shouldn't rest with one success. Instead, continue to grow.
We can always jump higher.