The Irrefutable Cycle of Greatness: How To Become Your Best Self Over and Again
Greatness is not a destination; It is a continuous journey that never ends.
It is said that the enemy of your next success is your last success.
This is true. Your last success embodies the habits, behaviours, and mindsets responsible for your current results.
No one wishes that their last success would be their last success because as humans, we have an insatiable desire and a passion that seeks to unlock deeper levels of our greatness.
Seeing the possibilities of the human spirit are limitless we constantly long to evolve in every sphere of our existence, providing sufficient expression to the possibilities trapped within us.
Yet, every transition from one level of greatness to a higher level follows the same irrefutable cycle. This is where the cycle begins:
1. Dissatisfaction — a desire for change:
This phase is marked by a growing discontentment, fueled by a desire for greater success or manifestation.
It comes with a heightened consciousness of your potential (who you can be), your desires (who you want to be), and your limitations (the obstructions on your path).
This phase is mostly triggered by some form of crisis (e.g. the loss of a loved one), realization (e.g. a lightbulb moment), superior experience (e.g. a change of environment), or an innate desire for greatness.
2. Inquisition — a desire to know:
This growing discontentment leads to the inquisition phase. This phase is marked by a seething desire to know.
Having accepted the possibility of greater success, the human spirit seeks to find answers to the questions: What, How, When, Where, and Why.
This is also the phase where transformation occurs. It involves an intense search for knowledge on what to do, how to do it, and so on.
We challenge our belief systems, reconstruct our mindsets, and build new habits as we seek better ways to function. The knowledge we acquire during this phase serves as our navigation compass to new frontiers of greatness.
3. Decision — a determination to act:
Success is costly, and greatness comes at a price.
So many, successfully go through the first two phases but falter in the valley of decision.
This phase is characterized by a strong-willed and resolute commitment to a cause. It entails a holistic fortification for the last phase of the journey — for better or for worse. It is at this phase that ‘I CAN’ transforms into ‘I WILL.’
4. Action — a follow-through on the decision:
“Action is the universal language of success.” — Dr. Steve Maraboli
This is the execution phase. It is at this stage that potential energy is transmuted into kinetic energy. This stage gives form to all the other phases.
This is arguably the most important phase in the cycle because a failure to follow through with this phase would mean all other phases were pointless.
If executed correctly, a new height of greatness is successfully unlocked.
To get a result you have never gotten, you must be willing to do what you have never done.
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” — Einstein
To unlock higher levels of your greatness you must be willing to go against your normal, and sometimes the norms of society.
A story was told in the Bible about a lady who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years, she had been to the doctors, spent all her money on drugs, and yet she didn’t get better.
She got dissatisfied with her situation and decided to act.
Lucky for her Jesus came around, and she made an outrageous decision to get as close to Jesus and touch the hem of His garment.
Her plan, decision, and action could be summed up with one word, crazy! Everything she did went against the grain of Jewish laws at the time.
Nonetheless, her decision wasn’t tied to reason, logic, and tradition. Seeing her situation demanded a level of desperation bold enough to defy established norms, she took the risk, and the rest they say is history.
Similarly, to unlock higher levels of your greatness, you must be dissatisfied with your current situation, discover new ways to function, commit to change, and follow through with effective actions.