Strong people aren’t concerned with comfortable lives as much as they are with quality lives.
In order to have a quality life of strength and meaning, we often must get rid of the things that dull or senses and hold us back. The best way to do that is with the people you are surrounded by. The Bible speaks of the best relationships as those where “iron sharpens iron” (Proverbs 27:17), but how can we find such relationships if we are content to be a softer grade?
Begin by deciding what kind of person you want to become. The “cide” at the end of decide means, “to put to death.” Sui-cide, homi-cide, insecti-cide… When we de-cide, we put to death other options. Who do you want to become? Quite giving yourself outs and options and commit to your vision.
Choose the best in every situation. It is not always easy to choose the best over the okay, but it is worth it! Does everyone get it right every time? No one I’ve met in flesh and blood. Those that work at it though are the ones I want to be around.
Seek iron. As you begin living the life of a strong person and pursuing excellence, keep your eyes open for those doing the same. Your mind being tuned to these things will make the others more obvious to you and they will be looking for the same kind of friends.
Do not expect all of your old tendencies to go quietly, but turn your focus from their efforts to hold on to the life awaiting you. Being strong and in constant pursuit of excellence is a lifestyle, not a goal.