It is hard not to get inspired by people who are fully expressing their greatness every day.
These people are passionate, generous, motivating and are usually committed to making a positive difference in the lives of others.
While we all may have different definitions of greatness, the common theme among all of them is greatness is about fulfilling our purpose in life. That can mean something different to all of us, but we live our greatness when we express our full potential.
Greatness is such an important idea to grasp because when we grow and express our greatness, we bring the best out of ourselves by utilising the gifts, talents and abilities we have. We all do things that come so naturally to us, that we can take for granted.
Those things are often clues to what our greatness is and it is our responsibility to make the most of them.
With so much in our world changing, it is becoming increasingly important to stay up to date with things that will serve us now and in the future.
It appears that change is happening a lot faster now than ever before. Unless we’re able to keep up, there is a good chance that we won’t be aware of how to take advantage of changes that are happening especially with so much new technology being introduced.
I am always reminded of a wonderful quote by author and philosopher, Eric Hoffer, who said, “In times of change, learners will inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.”
There are things that happen in our daily lives that can affect our confidence. It can be someone saying something nasty to us, receiving some bad news or experiencing an unexpected event.
If we’re not mentally strong, these things or experiences can shake our confidence and have a negative effect on what we’re doing or want to do.
We all need daily reminders to be in the right frame of mind, which is one of the main reasons why having powerful morning rituals is so important.
We are all special but we don’t hear it often enough. Having daily reminders can automatically shift our focus to what’s great about us, which in turn, can set us up to have a great day.
I once heard a quote that really resonated with me which was, “Be yourself because everyone else is taken.”
We spend so much of our lives conforming to other people’s expectations and beliefs which results in us being disconnected from who we really are.
It has often been said that the opposite of courage is not cowardice, it is conformity.
When we start conforming or stop being ourselves, it can have some detrimental consequences, either physically, mentally, emotionally or relationally.
I remember when I was in a career I did not enjoy, I felt trapped, unhappy and thought I didn’t have options to do something different. For years, I kept doing the same things over and over again at work, which was neither interesting, rewarding or even stimulating.
There is a quote that I’ve always found interesting which states, “You cannot see the whole picture if you are inside the frame.”
This means that at times, we’re unaware of how we’re operating in our own world. We may be exhibiting behaviours or doing things that may not be getting us the results we want, but it could be very apparent to others.
This is why getting consistent feedback is so important if we want to continually improve, grow and evolve as a person.
Feedback is often referred to as “the breakfast of champions” because those who have a growth mindset are always looking for ways to get better at what they do.
The rate at which things are changing in the world now, it is becoming increasingly important that we keep up with what’s relevant to us.
It is our responsibility to ensure we:
- Stay current with what’s new and how it will impacts us over the long term.
- Acquire the necessary knowledge we need to get us to where we want to go.
- Learn the vital skills to remain competent in our chosen profession.
If we don’t keep up, then there is a high probability we will be left behind as things change, which will lead to frustration, thoughts of regret, and can also cost us financially.
We often create a lot of internal turmoil whenever we feel we are stuck.
If we feel we are not making progress, either with a project, goal or life in general, it can cause frustration and generate high levels of stress.
Being in a state of stress is not a pleasant experience because it can severely affect our attitude and our motivation levels.
There is one good thing when we experience such turmoil — it is usually a mental problem which means we have the power to change our thoughts so we can create a different experience.
One of the goals I had this year was to reduce my body weight by 15% by the end of the year, which was a challenging goal. I started off well and in the first three months, my weight reduced by 4.8%, which I was happy about.
During the next six months, however, my weight reduced by 5%, even though I was doing similar things I had done in the previous three months.
Gratitude is both a skill and a practice. The better we become at it, the better our lives will be.
In the book, The Science of Getting Rich, author Wallace Wattles wrote a whole chapter on gratitude. In it he said, “When good things come to us, the more grateful we fix our mind on the Supreme Power, the more good things we will receive — and the more rapidly they will come. The reason for this is simply that the mental attitude of gratitude draws the mind into close touch with the source from which the blessing comes.”
It has almost been a decade now since the movie, The Secret, came out and in the movie, all the teachers interviewed spoke of the importance of having a regular gratitude practice.
After watching the movie, I decided to adopt a daily gratitude practice and I continue to learn and experience the power of gratitude. I have no doubt that adopting the practice of being grateful each day has:
- Improved my mindset.
- Allowed me to see things from different perspectives a lot easier.
- Created better relationships with people.
- Helped alleviate stress a lot easier.
- Made me truly appreciate all that I have in life.
Have you ever experienced situations when you were working on something, whether it was a project or task, and you got into this flow, and your efficiency and productivity just exploded?
Getting into that state allowed you to get all your tasks done easily and without any unnecessary stress — have you ever experienced that?
I know I certainly have, and in those moments, I lost track of time and I was amazed by how much I actually got done in a day. That is the power of momentum!
I remember when I was writing a chapter for an upcoming book titled, Ignite Your Leadership, I had a target of 4,000 words to write for my chapter. Typically, I can write anywhere between 2,000 to 2,500 words per day but on this occasion, I was able to write 4,000 words in one sitting.
When I reflected back on why I was able to almost double my output, I realised that I had done a few things leading up to it and also on the day that built up some momentum.