Most people underestimate the power of their dreams and the influence they will have should they allow the power of the human spirit to flourish. Each one of us has greatness within us and this is the time to bring your greatness to the forefront. You may encounter challenges and adversity on the path to unleash the power within you but it is the challenges and adversities that lead to greatness.
Nurture and grow yourself because greatness and success is what you attract by the person you become. You first be, and then success and a life of significance will follow. Choose the right friends and surround yourself with the people who can encourage you and challenge you to become what you have set your mind upon. Always challenge yourself to go beyond your comfort zone and continually invest in the development of your skills. Read, study, practice and teach what you have learnt, for with practice and teaching you continue to hone your skills.
Set stretch goals that cause you to explore your potential and hidden talents. Until the rubber band is stretched we can never know how far it will go. Until you stretch yourself to the maximum you can never know all the things you can achieve in your lifetime. Develop the movie of the life you want and visualize you having achieved it. Expand your vision, sharpen your skills, and put in the time to make your dream come true. Resolve that in the upcoming week, month or year you will exceed your goals and take the necessary action for that to happen.
“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” – William Shakespeare
You are a gift to the world so be the gift and act in alignment with that belief. All your life experiences, good and bad, can all be used for inspiring others for action, personal growth and development. I use most of my life stories in my speeches and seminars. Recently I was speaking to a group of people who were in the process of having their company divested. Some of the people have worked in the company for thirty years. I was speaking to them about change and resilience and how to re-energize, think different, and position themselves to explore the changes ahead. I narrated my life stories and experiences through change and transformation. I got an email from a few of them saying, “Please keep telling your stories, I finally got it.” Another said, “Your stories inspired me to look at change differently,” and others said, “You brought back hope and what we needed to do at this time to be resilient through the tough times.” Your life stories – the good, the bad, and the ugly – will serve a purpose.
Regardless of what is going on around you, be thankful that you are still alive and well. Within you are new ideas and more skills than you will ever use in your lifetime. You have a calling, a mission, or an assignment that you are uniquely qualified to deliver. Don’t die with your ideas and cheat the world out of your contribution.