We are all made for greatness. Your greatness does not look like anyone else’s; your greatness is unique to you.
Your greatness may have nothing to do with making millions of dollars. It may not have anything to do with becoming famous. Your greatness may not be about solving one of the problems that has plagued humankind for millennia.
Don’t limit yourself or your greatness to one of these narrow definitions. Break out, open up, and expand your understanding of true greatness so you see yours and step into the fullness of it.
Release your brand of greatness!
Your homework is to be yourself and embrace your unique gifts and talents—release your greatness! Then take the next step on the path to your dreams!
“A good plan is like a road map: It shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there.” ~H. Stanley Judd, Writer
Before you start your weekend, take a moment to review your week as well as think about the upcoming week.
Is there anything you’d tweak such doing more to limit your time with people who are downers who make you feel bad about yourself? Do you need to increase your knowledge or brush up your skills in order to take the next step? Do you need to get rid of the time wasters in your life such as mindless TV and spending too much time on social media sites?
What accomplishments did you have this week? What things worked out well for you? What insights occurred to you? What progress have you made?
In looking at the upcoming week, can you find a few pockets of time where you can do a little something extra to help yourself move forward toward your dreams? Can you rearrange your schedule to free up a additional time that you can devote to your dreams?
With these questions answered you can plan a more realistic schedule for the upcoming week.
Your homework today is to CELEBRATE your progress and achievements this week. No matter how small, they are worthy of your acknowledgement. You deserve a big pat on the back!
You are awesome for the work you’re doing. Awesome!
“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, DO NOT go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.” ~Bruce Lee (my emphasis added)
Do you ever stop to understand exactly why some people are successful—what they are doing that makes them a success? It seems that others have already done this and it’s spawned a whole industry centered on how-to achieve success.
I’m sure you’ve seen the books, articles, seminars, workshops, and the like, about the habits of effective people, which careers have large salaries, what industries spawn the most millionaires, where to invest, etc..
And all this information is true: successful people do make more sales calls than others, they are in the office earlier, they do continually learn in their field, they are more apt to be better at networking than others, among other skills and habits they employ.
But it isn’t these particular skills that makes them successful. The reason they are successful is because they are fully immersed in their passions.
They discovered their passion by being themselves.
They started out in small areas of their lives by being brave and following their instincts and what they knew to be right and true for them. By doing this, they discovered interests that they then followed. And those interests led them to their passions.
Successful people are so deeply interested in their particular passion, or passions, that they are fixated and obsessed with it. It’s fun for them to learn more about it. It’s a blast for them to study the tiny details about it. When they sleep, they dream about it and they can’t wait to wake up in the morning so they can get back at it. They’re having so much fun that not only do they not care what others think but they’re so focused on the pleasure and satisfaction that they’re getting that they don’t even notice what others are thinking or saying about them!
It’s their full commitment and immersion in their passion that automatically has them studying, making calls, meeting people, brainstorming, and the like, that then catapults them to success.
Your homework today is to be yourself: follow your interests, which will lead you to your passion. Once you find your passion, dive in head first—no holds barred!
You may as well be yourself; you aren’t very good at being someone else. Even if you manage to pull it off to others, inside you feel like an imposter, or perhaps even a jerk, for lying about who you truly are.
It’s in being who you truly are that you tap into and release your unique brand of genius. And it’s in expressing your genius—another way to say ‘going for your dreams’—that you live the life your soul yearns for and your heart has imagined.
This is the life for which you are destined.
Your homework today is to GO FOR IT! Be totally and completely The Authentic You that you are at this very moment. You will grow and develop and become more skilled and wiser. You and your distinctive style of brilliance will evolve over time, becoming deeper and wider.
At every moment embrace you, be you, express you. This is how you live your life to the full!
A few years ago when I was in one of my first writing classes, I met with the instructor after the lecture because of concerns I had on whether or not I should continue (I was experiencing a lot of frustration and seeing very little improvement).
My instructor asked me if I liked writing—putting aside for the moment all the challenges I was encountering. I answered that I did. She said something that has stuck with me:
“Someone is depending on you to write your thoughts, insights, passions. Whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, someone is desperate for you to get your words out into the world. Your truth will touch them and will help them. But not if you don’t get it down on paper.”
She quirked an eyebrow and left me to ponder….
Your homework today is to take the next step because someone is depending on you! They are desperate for your talents, gifts, skills—your unique genius. You doing this is the only way others will have any chance at all of receiving your life-changing help. Their life is going to be so much better because of you and because you are achieving your dreams.
So, go for it—take the next step now!
You can do it!! You have what it takes—I know this to be absolutely true about you!
Negative thoughts: Don’t go there. Just don’t do it. They won’t help you. They won’t make you do better, they won’t bring out the gems within you, they give you peace or happiness or joy.
You won’t ever achieve your dreams with a steady stream of negative thoughts, even that negative thinking disguised as being realistic.
Research has shown that, for whatever evolutionary reason, we tend toward the negative in our mind. Scientist have also discovered that negative thoughts take up more brain space and brain power than positive thoughts.
While on the surface this seems discouraging and even hopeless, the truth is that this is pointing out how vital it is to focus on the positive. Turn it into a habit to look for the gift in all situations. The most powerful thing you can do for yourself is to look for the silver lining and believe that everything is working out for your best.
Your homework today is to help yourself focus on the positive so that you can override and overwrite the negative thoughts and spaces in your mind. Keep a file of uplifting pictures, positive notes from friends and family, mementos of your achievements, pep phrases, power words, and other things that help you shift to positivity.
You can do it—it’s easy and fun!
Refer to this file as often as you need to. Keep a copy of images, phrases, words, handy in a pocket or your purse—or on your mobile device—where you can refer to them frequently throughout the day.
In spite of where you may be right now, you have a big, bright future ahead of you.
Things are working out for your highest and best good. It may not seem that way because where you are and what’s happening is not how you imagined or intended it. Keep letting go of the past, keep an attitude of expecting that everything is working out in your favor, and keep moving forward.
Have your eyes peeled for the gift, for the advantage, for the wisdom, for the strength, for the compassion that is coming to you precisely because you are having to dig deep. As crazy and unbelievable as this sounds, everything is in your favor.
Your homework today is to look for the favor, look for the advantage! Your highest and best good is right there for you. Take it. Use it to help you take the next step.
You can do it, I am absolutely positive that you can. Go you!
I’m so proud of you and happy for you. You’re doing it! So exciting!