There is something great about each one of us. The fact that we were born suggests there is something special and unique we have to offer.
It’s incredible that even though there are over seven billion people in the world, everyone is different. Even so-called identical twins are different even though there may have a lot of physical similarities.
The reality is most people are disconnected from what makes them great. Our early life programming, experiences and environments has a major influence on what we believe to be true about ourselves, which affects the choices we make in life.
When we’re disconnected from what makes us great, we:
- Go through life not being true to ourselves.
- Settle for a life we have rather than design a life we want.
- Don’t feel our best consistently.
- Do things we’re expected to do rather than what we’re passionate about.
- Don’t make any significant difference in other people’s lives or the world.
I once heard a mentor say a graveyard is the most valuable place on earth. This is because within the graves lie dreams that were not followed, ideas that were not implemented or decisions that were not made. People tend to die with their music still within them.
If we don’t want to live a life of regret, we have to connect to what makes us special and unique — our greatness.
There are many stories of people who ended making a significant difference in the world after connecting to what makes them great.
One example is that of Walt Disney, who did not come from a wealthy family nor did he have high levels of formal education. What made him great was his ability to bring to life characters through animation and cartoons. His desire to create the “happiest place on earth” has resulted in a legacy that will live on for generations to come, thanks to the numerous Disney-branded theme parks, movies and products.
We all can connect to what makes us great, which will lead to a more satisfying and fulfilling life.
5 Things You Can Do to Connect to What Makes You Great
- Reflect on when you feel most alive. Ask yourself, “When do I feel the best in life? What happens or what am I doing?” Typically most of us will feel at our best when we’re engaged in some type of service to others. For some people, it may be preparing delicious food, making something look beautiful or helping others in need. There is no right or wrong answer. It comes down to the emotional state we’re in when we’re engaged in a particular activity.
- Determine what you tend to be drawn to. These are things that spark our interest. For some people, it may be doing volunteer work, sharing things they have learned with others or supporting a cause or mission in their communities. What we are attracted to are often clues to what our bigger purpose is in life.
- Assess what challenges or adversities you’ve overcome. Often, our lowest points in life are gateways to our greatness. By reflecting on experiences we’ve had and overcome in life, we can discover certain characteristics we have that makes us unique. We can harness those characteristics to do things better in life.
- Evaluate what your successes have been in life. As we all have different definitions of success, they can be clues to what’s important to us and what we give our attention to. We’ll find that the successes we consider being most important to us are usually connected to the times we’ve felt most alive. Our successes determine whether we’re focused more on ourselves or whether we’re focused on serving the greater good.
- Ask the five people closest to you. Sometimes we don’t see things within ourselves that others see in us. We can ask the people closest to us questions such as, “Why are you friends with me?” or “What do you think are my strengths or my uniqueness?” Their responses can provide valuable insight into what makes us great.
No matter what stage of life we’re in, we always have something valuable to contribute to others and the world, which is part of what makes us great. The more we can operate from our greatness, the better we’ll feel about ourselves and the difference we’re making. What makes us great is what can create a positive impact in the world.
Action Step: If you feel there is more you can contribute, either to those closest to you or your community, spend time going through the things suggested above. Use those insights to make a bigger difference any way you can.
Question: What is something else we can do to connect to what makes us great?