In this blog I am going through 15 challenges that the late Jim Rohn dared us to pursue in our own lives.
Today we will be talking about the tenth challenge that Jim Rohn gave us.
Live with Intensity
You might as well turn it up a notch or two. Invest more of you in whatever you do. Be a little stronger; be a little wiser. Step up your vitality contribution. Put everything you’ve got into everything you do and then ask for more vitality, more strength and more vigor, more heart and more soul.
Intensity is what can turn an ordinary athlete into an excellent one. Intensity turns a mediocre musician into a memorable one. Intensity turns an ordinary life into an extraordinary one.
I was able to make it all the way to the level of the NFL in football. Let me tell you that there is no way I would have gotten there on talent alone. It took a great amount of work and always playing with intensity that allowed me to go so far. Intensity was built into our conscience as a football player. No matter how good you thought you did on a play, there was always a way to do it better. If you gave 98% effort, there was a way to give 99% on the next play.
Of all the lessons I learned from football, I think the greatest of all was how to attack life with the same intensity that I learned to in football. Life is full of people who are just trying to get by. They will do just enough not to fail. Just enough to blend in with the crowd of other people with mediocre expectations of themself. While this may keep them from failing, they will never experience the pure joy that comes when you give something your all and succeed.
God has given us just one life to live. This life is very short in the grand scheme of things. God intended for us to life a life full of victory and successes, but we have to do our part. We have to be willing to give this life everything we have.
We need to be willing to push ourselves so we can break out of shell of our own expectations and the expectations of others and soar to new limits in our lives. We need to elevate our games to a whole new level. Every day we are given a fresh start. Everyday we are given a choice. We can choose to stay confined in our own expectations of ourselves and live the day giving mediocre intensity and achieving mediocre results. We could also choose to give life an unmatched intensity. To tackle whatever task we have that day with everything we have. We are capable of loving more than we thought we could. Feeling more than we thought we had in us. Serving more than we thought possible. Lifting people up more than we could have ever imagined.
When we choose to up our intensity levels, we will experience life as it was meant to be experienced. Life as God intended for us. When roadblocks come into our lives, and they will, we will run right over them and use them as platforms to reach even higher heights.
If you can do that, when your life on this earth comes to an end, you will feel used up knowing you gave your life all you had. You will have no regrets. That is how I want to go out. That is about the best way I could imagine any of us going out.
I would like to challenge each of us to set out on a journey to live our lives with an even higher intensity than we have given before. The beginning of our new and even better life starts today.