The word “extraordinary” comprises of two simple, but important words- “extra” and “ordinary”. I would want to describe it as putting in the extra effort to turn your desired result from ordinary to extraordinary. To achieve extraordinary feats implies doing things differently to achieve unique results. If others are putting in eight hours a day, for example, to achieve success, you can put in ten hours a day to achieve extraordinary success. Never underestimate your capacity to achieve the extraordinary. All things are possible to those that believe! If others have done it before, then you can do likewise and even surpass boundaries and break new frontiers this year and beyond.
We must be careful not to create self-made barriers on our way to achieving our goals in life. You must be careful what you believe about yourself, especially if it is negative and self- limiting. The only thing that can hinder you from achieving the extraordinary is yourself. A Research carried out in 2016 by the International Coach Academy Australia showed that any thought, belief, notion, or idea that is believed for long becomes programmed in the mind and ultimately becomes self-destructive. So many individuals believe that because of their poor family background, sex, age and geographical location they cannot succeed. Truth is, our limitations are not external; our limitations are internal.
Stop creating mental roadblock on your path to achieving the extraordinary. No one gave the Wright brothers (Orville and Wilbur) any chance of creating an object that could defy the force of gravity and fly. But they proved everyone wrong by inventing the world’s first airplane. Their record-breaking feat was achieved on December 17, 1903. They never allow people’s opinions to sway their self-belief. They never doubted their potentials and entered the Guinness World records with their record breaking invention.
To achieve the extraordinary, one must think the absurd; to look where everyone else has looked, but to see what no one else has seen. Barack Obama, the 44th president of the most powerful nation on earth, was never given any chance to enter the White House because many felt he was black. He brushed those sentiments aside and achieved the most extraordinary feat in U.S electoral history. He became the very first black American man, to win a presidential election in the United States of America.
Achieving the extraordinary does not usually come on a platter of gold. People will definitely want to discourage you. Internal and external circumstances may conspire to stop you from attempting to do the extraordinary. It takes raw courage and a tenacious spirit to brave all odds and go where others are too scared to go. Breaking new frontiers in any field is never a tea party. It is hard work and patience mixed with an unwavering spirit.
If others don’t believe in you, you got to believe in yourself and your abilities, and you will achieve the extraordinary! Remember, until the first man got to the moon, nobody believed that such a lofty mission was a possibility. Neil Armstrong, however, achieved the extraordinary feat on July 20th, 1969, by landing on the moon. It was a historical moment that nullified the general concept of such expenditures.
So many individuals have had their dreams and aspirations cut short because they were told it wasn’t possible to achieve such extraordinary feats. What they were not told is that life only rewards the brave. Life does not reward the fearful.
The only impossible journey is the one you were too scared to undertake. You can never know how far you can go in life except you try. Just because others failed to achieve certain goals in a particular field, doesn’t mean you cannot succeed in the same field.