Mildred "Babe" Didrikson was one of the world’s greatest all-around athletes. Shep Steneman, in Superhuman Achievements (Random House, 1981), reports that she led her basketball team to a national championship in 1931. She set world records at the 1932 Olympics in the javelin throw and the 80-meter hurdles. And she went on to win every important women’s golf tournament, including an amazing 17 in a row in 1946 and 1947.

But her greatest single performance was at the 1932 national track-and-field championships in Evanston, Illinois. Babe competed as a one-woman "team" against the best teams of female athletes in the country. She entered eight events and won five of them. She gave world-record performances in the baseball throw, javelin, and 80-meter hurdles, and matched a previous record in the high jump.

When the team scores were tallied up that day, the runner-up team of 22 women had a total of 22 points. Babe Didrikson alone had 30.

Few people will ever excel in a field as did Babe Didrikson. We can admire her, but few of us will ever be like her. Chances are, we may never be the very best at any one thing we set out to do. But being the "best" is not always what matters.

I like what a young boy said to a famous baseball player. Rabbi Wayne Dosick tells that he heard a youngster cheering on all-star outfielder Dave Winfield. "I expected the young boy to yell, 'Hit a homer, Dave,' or at the very least, 'Get a hit, Dave.' But instead this young man -- well trained in the art of the possible -- called out, 'Do your best, Dave. Do your best.'"

There are people who are silently calling to you: "Do your best. Do your best." Listen well. For those who play the best may win games, but winners in life are those who do their best, regardless of whether they are the best. They will eventually find joy and peace and an abundance of satisfaction.

One of life's greatest winners, Helen Keller, put it like this: "When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another."

Do your best...and expect something good to happen!

Steve Goodier Publisher@LifeSupportSystem.com is a professional speaker, consultant and author of numerous books. Visit his site for more information, or to sign up for his FREE newsletter of Life, Love and Laughter at http://LifeSupportSystem.com.