Every one of us should dare to be great, and it’s within all of us. Greatness comes in many forms, but the ability to achieve something you set out to achieve is definitely a version of being great.
Being great is simply a belief mindset that you are willing to do whatever it takes, no matter how long it takes and no matter how many barriers you have to overcome in order to complete your goal and reach your dream. Have faith that it will get done. Focus on working tirelessly, creatively, and consistently towards it, step by step, and trusting that it will get done.
Diana Nyad attempted to swim from Cuba to Florida five times and on her fifth attempt, and at the age of 64, she completed it. Roger Bannister became the first man to run a four-minute mile and until then, you were crazy to even try, as people thought the human body would collapse under the pressure. Believe in yourself blindly that you can and will achieve your goals.
Greatness takes a lot of hard work, discipline, and sacrifice. It will demand that you give up your time and sleep. However when you do commit and complete that goal, a transition takes place. You develop a confidence that you never thought you had—a confidence that infects all areas of your life. You start to believe in yourself that anything is possible.
Here are eight ways to get started.
1. Challenge yourself. Attempt things that are hard and that you feel are impossible. Get out of your comfort zone.
2. Get up early. In order to achieve great things, you are going to have to get up early in the morning. It is my personal belief that the only way to reach those hard goals is to get up early in the morning so that life stays out of your way and so that you can focus on your dream.
3. Have an expectation. Expect that once you set your mind to do something, that somehow it will get done. Have faith in yourself and trust your instincts that you will find a way.
4. A growth mindset. Look at every challenge or obstacle that comes your way as an opportunity to grow and be better. The one thing that individuals who we define as great have is their personal belief that roadblocks are simply opportunities to work harder and grow.
5. Be creative. Think out of the box. Try different tactics if you are at a dead end.
6. Eliminate negative thoughts. Your thoughts and your beliefs go out into the world like waves and attract what it is you think and believe. If you believe something will go wrong or that you are not capable of doing something, that will become your reality. Your mind and your thoughts should constantly be talking positively about what you can do and what is possible.
7. Stop making excuses. People who are great simply commit and don’t make excuses. Excuses are for those who are satisfied with “OK.” If you want to be great, you need to get allergic to OK. Use what you have to your advantage and stop making excuses. Greatness comes from hustle, hard work, and from not making excuses.
8. Don’t strive for perfection. Perfection does not exist. Simply focus on always working towards your dream and doing the best you can do. Let others judge your attempts. That is not your role. Your role is to focus, to act, and to dream.
“Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” —Aristotle