Work too hard, strive too hard, appear to be too ambitious, try to stand out from the crowd. It's a lot easier and much more comfortable to reel it in to ensure you fit in.
Pleasing the (average-performing) crowd is something the most successful people don't worry about. (They may think about it, but then they keep pushing on.)
They hear the criticism, they take the potshots, they endure the laughter or derision or even hostility -- and they keep on measuring themselves and their efforts by their own standards.
Yet he still has panic attacks before he walks onstage. He knows he'll melt down, sweat through his shirt, feel sick to his stomach, and all the rest. It's just the way he is.
So, just before he goes onstage, he takes a quick shower, puts on fresh clothes, drinks a bottle of water, jumps up and down and does a little shadowboxing, and out he goes.
He's still scared. He knows he'll always be scared. He accepts it as part of the process. Pre-show fear is like lunch: It's going to happen.
The most successful people don't make excuses. They forge ahead, because they know establishing great habits takes considerable time and effort. They know how easy it is to instantly create a bad habit by giving in -- even just this one time.
The most productive people don't wait for ideas. They don't wait for inspiration. They know that big ideas most often come from people who do, not people who dream.
Pretend you travel to an unfamiliar country, you know only a few words of the language, and you're lost and a little scared. Would you ask for help?
The most productive people also ask for help. They know asking for help is a sign of strength-and the key to achieving more.
But think about a time you put off a task, finally got started, and then, once into it, thought, "I don't know why I kept putting this off -- it's going really well. And it didn't turn out to be nearly as hard as I imagined."
The most successful person know they can't always be first but they can always be last: the last to stop, to quit, to give up.