Learn to Live Your Greatness Every Day
Keep the promises you make to yourself!
We make promises to others all the time. And we strive to keep them.
But when it comes to pledges we make with ourselves, we are quick to let those go because it’s easy to let yourself down.
After all, no one has to know except you.
Everyone has a purpose. A bigger goal. An ultimate dream. It doesn’t matter whether it’s big or small, long or short, funny or sad. It doesn’t matter how the challenge surfaces. At some point, someone always says to themselves:
“I will achieve this.”
And then they go out and do it.
Ev Williams and Medium promise to give writers and creators a new way to succeed. Elon Musk and Tesla promise to accelerate the transition from a carbon-powered economy to a solar and electric-powered one.
Regardless of whether they achieve their goals or not, we can’t help but respect, admire and look in awe at those, who do everything in their power to keep the promises they made to themselves and achieve their greatness every day, month or year.
Jim Rohn once said, “Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness — great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation, and great joy.”
“Greatness is the result of visionaries who persevere, focus, believe, and prepare. It is a habit, not a birthright,” says Lewis Howes in his book, The School of Greatness: A Real-World Guide to Living Bigger, Loving Deeper, and Leaving a Legacy.
Rumi agrees, “You were born with potential. You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness. You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling, so don’t. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly.”
We all want to live amazing lives, achieve incredible things and be great and ultimately it is all on us to make it happen: to keep the promises we make to ourselves.
But that is actually so liberating to know, because we can choose to focus more on tapping into our own greatness.
“The price of greatness is responsibility.” says Winston Churchill
“Your job is to create a vision that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning. If it doesn’t, go back to bed until you have a bigger dream” writes Howes.
You need desire to be fully alive and you need vision to fulfill your desires.
Assegid Habtewold once said,“The starting place for your greatness is desire. The desire to succeed, to serve others, to keep on going no matter what…”
Legend has it that Michelangelo could stare at a rough slab of rock and see a beautiful statue inside. His job, therefore, was one of freeing the beauty within rather than creating something anew.
He would take his tools, chip away at all the imperfections and smooth the rough edges until a glorious statue stood for the world to behold.
Your greatness needs an outlet to flourish.
When you live your greatness, you lead with your strengths — you connect to and do what you do best — you show your work and make a more significant impact in your world.
A life dedicated to becoming someone the rest of us can look up to is a life well spent. Whatever your goals may be, stop making excuses and start finding solutions!
Getting control of life is never easy, and sometimes it can be definitely painful. But in the long run optimal experiences add up to a sense of mastery
Learn to give yourself a challenge. Without challenge, life had no meaning. You have to be uncompromised in your level of commitment to whatever you are doing.
Your excuses don´t serve the world, but your actions do!
If you are giving anything less than your absolute best, you are just wasting your time.
Consider your promise a contract with yourself to do more great work.
Promises to yourself are the most imperative because they establish a key aspect of your identity: self-confidence.
When you finally achieve something you’ve been working at, you feel great, right? And that one success can boost your self-confidence to where you feel compelled to attempt even bigger and bolder things.
You have one life. You are the artist. Don’t just make life work, you make it a masterpiece. When you are the artist of your life, it reminds you constantly that your life is your responsibility. Give it all you’ve got.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi once said, “How we choose what we do, and how we approach it…will determine whether the sum of our days adds up to a formless blur, or to something resembling a work of art.”
Choose to live in greatness every moment of every day.
There is nothing holding you back from living your greatness except what keeps you distracted from opening up to your true potential.
Each and every one of us has something inspiring to contribute to the world, that once we find, will bring immense joy and meaning to our lives.
If you want to stand in your greatness and make your mark, there’s no room for holding back and staying stuck. There’s no room for excuses.
Be willing to step into your greatness in every area of your life. Hide less and expose more. Fear less and risk more. Stop aiming for perfection and show your work.
Reset expectations. Leave a mark. Make an impact.
Show your most amazing work.
Don’t wait to be chosen. It’s far more interesting to bet on yourself and find the guts you need to produce, create, make and to do, the one who says ‘go’.
It’s much easier to whine and sabotage yourself and blame the system, and the economy. Get rid of the noise in your head that says you are not good enough.
Pursue your ultimate potential, anything less is not worthy of your time.
Define your identity
“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can. “ — Neil Gaiman
Who are you? What do you stand for? What do you want to be known for?What standards have you set for yourself? Define your most important role in this world and start shaping your reality based on that.
Your challenge in life, in fact your life’s work, is to become the best possible version of you. Not an imperfect approximation of someone else.
What do you look forward to achieving tomorrow, next quarter or in the next five years? Imagine waking up every day excited for what you’ve set out to accomplish. That passion alone will propel you to the next level.
Raise the bar, crush your goals, and make a dent. It’s not too late!
Many people are living their entire lives without ever standing up and stepping out. But it’s exciting to witness the rare few who dare themselves and step out of their personal bubbles to work on achieving something worthwhile.
Most of use live with the stubborn illusion that we will always have tomorrow to do today’s work. We consistently hold onto this belief and keep procrastinating until work becomes a heavy burden.
Left unchecked, we always default toward a more comfortable path. Your comfortable zone provides a state of mental security. You can understand why it’s so hard to kick your brain out of your comfort zone.
It pays to be an outlier!
Malcom Gladwell once said: “Outliers are those who have been given opportunities — and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.”
Outliers seize opportunities and run with them. People who realize how little time they have and are driven to make the absolute most of it. Those are the ones who really live the awesome and extraordinary lives.
Evita Peron once said “My biggest fear in life is to be forgotten.” No one ever came to this planet to take a back seat, play second fiddle or make it small. Push the impossible.
It’s time to give life all you’ve got! When you want something different it’s necessary to do something different.
Live on purpose. Hold a grand vision for yourself and your future. This is what you’re here for!
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