STRIVING FOR GREATNESS
By: Brian Gilleece
WHAT? YOU'RE CRAZY MAN... It's amorphous, greatness for one may not be for another BUT, it is all in the eye of the beholder so, A) Identify what greatness means to you and B) take steps to achieve it. There are some things that can be done everyday that make sure you are on track to be YOUR greatest!
Commit to Daily Excellence: No matter what you do for a living, it’s important to constantly strive for excellence every single day. If you do this on a daily basis, you may not see instant improvements but over time your hard work will become clear. Everything you do, you should do with all of your heart.
Get Enough Sleep: Duh. Right? Well nah, most don't. To be successful, have self control and build discipline, a simple solution is getting enough sleep. Most people think that sleep doesn’t have much effect on their work or mood, when in fact it’s a key factor. Create an effective sleep routine by going to bed and waking up at the same time every day.
Prioritize Correctly: Forget about being perfect, do the hardest things first and focus on one thing at a time -- these quick hacks will help you prioritize your days and your life better, this create more discipline and self-control. Don’t get caught up in small, mundane tasks and make sure you’re prioritizing your tasks every day.
Learn How to say NO: Just like D.A.R.E Taught us! Is that still around? These two words are often the hardest to say, but it’s important to be able to politely say “no” to someone so you can avoid overloading yourself.
“Any time someone asks you to do something, it’s important to take a step back and ask yourself -- what value is this providing to me and/or my business?”
Forgive Yourself: There’s no reason to lose sleep over a silly mistake or a slip up. Instead of letting it drown you in guilt or regret, just learn from it and move on. If you let it hold you back, it will affect other aspects of your life and deter you from goals you’ve set. “Learn from the past but don’t dwell there,” Use your negative experiences to learn and better yourself. Forgive yourself and any others who may have wronged you, move on and keep towards your goal.
Learn to Tolerate Discomfort: Being comfortable is a new construct. In what other time in human history have "comforts" been higher and humans been softer? Connection? When you’re striving towards new goals, it’s not going to be easy, and it’s not always going to feel comfortable. In fact, it will likely feel uncomfortable -- but it’s important you tolerate and even embrace these feelings of discomfort in order to grow. Stepping out of your comfort zone will help push you to do things you never thought you could. Plus, it will instill feelings of power, motivation and self discipline. When we experience new things, we create new neural pathways that kick start our creativity … In addition to making us creative geniuses, new experiences enhance our memory.
Visualize Success: When you visualize success and the future you desire, your body and mind will be motivated to reach this place once it understand what it wants. Once you mentally picture yourself in certain scenarios, you’ll begin making decisions that will help you reach that place.
Articles to check out: Discomfort - https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/250126 Prioritization - https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235768 Daily Excellence - https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/243665
WRAP UP: It may feel like I'm often on a similar jag, BUT, these are all principals that need to be consistently reenforced in order to see improvement. Just like at the gym reps or repetitions train your muscles to perform in a new and improved way through repeated motion. Your mind and behavior is the EXACT same construct, just minus the cut off shit. There is always something you can do to help achieve your personal best and it starts today!