December 2, 2015
Everybody has greatness. Not just some of us. All of us. It is a natural part of who we are as social and biological creatures. That doesn’t mean, however, that we all instantly know how to make the best use of our lives. One way or another, we all know this.
And, it’s important to recognize and reaffirm often that not everyone’s greatness looks the same. We cannot judge our potential against anyone else’s. We all fight different battles, come from various backgrounds, and experience differing levels of support. We are not all rock-climbers, computer programmers, or thespians—we are, however, each capable of personal greatness.
Some people use the word potential, others use the phrase make an impact—either way, no one is born to stay the same and underachieve. Problem is, at times, how to find and feel confident about the direction we are heading.
Who among us hasn’t questioned, “Is this the best use of my time, my skills, my energy, my abilities?” At moments, it might actually feel like the safer bet to just do nothing at all.
That said, it’s one thing to knowingly deny our potential—which is laziness—but it’s another, more common, thing to simply not know what direction to go.
When we focus on what we already do well—our strengths—we find clues about what our greatness looks like. In that way, it’s a step-by-step process, one in which our potential is revealed in increments—in days and moments at a time—as opposed to all at once.
While it might feel nice to have the sky open up and our life’s mission handed down from on high, it isn’t likely. Instead, by taking a regular stock of what we already know and do well, we are making an inventory of our greatness. And, over time, this develops shifts in our perspective, which encourage us in both our direction and our confidence in where we are heading.
If money was not an issue, what would I be doing with my life?
What would be the first step toward that vision?
Can I truly say that I am living up to my potential in this life?
Keep it simple.
Grab a piece of paper.
Draw six lines on it, creating seven columns.
Flip it over and draw another six lines on it.
This is your two-week greatness journal. Each day while you drink your coffee, go to the bathroom, or wind-down after work, jot down words that describe your best qualities from that day as well as your accomplishments. It takes less than one minute. Look for clues about where you might shift your focus. It might look like this:
Make K smile
Reached out to business
Cooked a good meal
Be your greatness. Start. Do. Go.