Always Look to Yourself for the Best
After graduating from high school, my best friend Joe and I decided to take a camping trip to a nearby state park. After getting settled into our camp we took a drive around the neighboring farms. One particular farmer had a large metal sign on a very tall post that said, “Always Look to Patterson for the Best.” I loved that saying immediately, maybe because that was my last name too. But it did more than that for me. It ignited something inside that said, ‘Look to Yourself, your beliefs, your favor to create the best for everyone in your life.’ We have good times, bad times, and difficult times, but if we are always looking inside to create the best, to be the best version of our self, then we attract the same back to us.
When we expect the best, then we are practicing a faith that no matter what, we can look for something good to come out of a situation. It is a test of faith, development of trust and higher level thinking that we aspire to. Mae Jemison has a saying that I like, “Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” So often when things aren’t going as we want them to go, we see the bad, the difficult, the ‘why did this have to happen’, but in every difficult situation, there is something good that can come out of it. By looking to ourselves for the best, we hold optimism that our image, our goal is coming true. By getting caught up in the negativity, criticism from others or ourselves, we are limiting that which can come to us. We must guard against getting snagged into short term behaviors that rarely, if ever, pay off for us. Henry Ford’s famous quote is a good mental reminder to pull yourself out of this type of thinking: “Whatever you think, you’re right.” Whatever we expect we will get. If we expect the best from ourselves, even when it doesn’t matter, we set a standard that becomes visible to others over time. There is just a certain detail or positive energy that others see as a high standard that you hold yourself to.
Start looking to yourself for the best, like the sign says, “Always Look to (your name) For the Best.” You will find that you achieve more, believe more, are more positive to be around and that you will have people that just want to be around you. Believe it is going to happen and you will find it.
Yours for a Better Life,