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8 Ways to be Great!

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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

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Control Your Career by Controlling Your Calendar

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Controlling your calendar is controlling your time, and since time is your most precious commodity, when you manage your calendar, you stay in control of your life and your career. Managing your calendar will allow you to focus your time and energy on what it is you want and need to get done as an actor. You will squeeze the most productivity out of yourself and your day.

Once you decide on what tasks, goals, or projects you want to work on, schedule those tasks into your calendar for the day, week, and month, and be disciplined in sticking to them. Write them into your calendar as you would an appointment or audition. Break down tasks into 30-minute or one or two-hour chunks so that you can achieve them. 

Focus on the tasks that are critical, and understand which ones are time sensitive and which ones you simply enjoy. Plan them into your day accordingly, making sure you are getting some time to focus on what you really enjoy and what makes you tick. Be realistic. Understand what appointments and tasks you have planned for the day and don’t over schedule. 

It is a big mistake to wake up in the morning and schedule your day ahead for the first time over coffee. Plan ahead. Like any CEO or company, their days, weeks, and months are scheduled by their assistant for maximum productivity. You need to be your own assistant and be disciplined in scheduling your calendar. If you don’t, it is more likely that you will feel out of control and stressed about the things you need to get done because you are constantly reacting to what is coming at you. 

Schedule less in the day so that you can have the energy to accomplish more in the week and methodically complete all of your goals. Success breeds success, so if you can complete the tasks you have planned for the day, you are more likely to be motivated to keep working on the ones you have planned for tomorrow.

Once you have set yourself up for a productive day, work through the items. And once you have finished your tasks for the day, relax and reward yourself for your work. Finishing your tasks doesn’t mean you need to find more tasks to do so that you keep working like a robot. When you don’t rest and reward yourself, you will never feel like you’re resting, and you will feel like you aways need to be working. It’s a horrible and vicious cycle to be in and it leads to feeling overwhelmed and out of control. Draw your lines clearly as to determine when you are working and when you are resting. 

If something comes up that is not in your calendar, do not work on it now. Schedule it for another day in the week. Obviously if it is an audition, you have to make that a priority, but then you move what you are going to work on for that day to another day in the week. By keeping the tasks as appointments on your calendar, it is very easy to move them to another day and to block the appropriate time for them. 

In order for you to have the most impact, schedule and control your calendar and make it your most critical action on a daily, weekly, monthly, and even inter-daily basis.

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