Approximately 43 years ago, on July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong was happy to touch the ground after being suspended in space.  His famous footstep on the surface of the moon marked, “one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind”

Michael Phelps apparently prefers to keep his feet off the ground.  At least that is what 22 Olympic medals in swimming, including 18 Gold, seem to indicate.  As the most decorated Olympian of all times, Michael Phelps has reserved his place in world history.

Though separated by generations and motivated by very different goals, Neil Armstrong and Michael Phelps both represent the amazing potential we have as human beings.   We may never accomplish what either one of these legends have, but we are inspired by them.  They challenge us to actualize our own potential against the odds.

In your personal and professional life, what are you striving to accomplish?  You might be inspired, but how does that inspiration translate into action.   Are you committed to your goals recreationally or with the intensity and dedication of an Olympic athlete or astronaut?

The next time you set a goal, consider what you are actually willing to invest to reach it.   For most of us, we are far more limited by thoughts and actions than we are by our natural talents and external conditions.  If you are going to go for the gold or shoot for the moon, get ready to put in the blood, sweat, tears, and time it takes to achieve it.

Phelps and Armstrong knew what it meant to be inspired and what it takes to carry that through.   How about you?


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