Activating Your Mindset for Greatness

Greatness happens in ways most people don’t pay attention to.

There isn’t anything special about it. There’s no secret birthright required.

  • It’s hard work.
  • It’s difficult.
  • It isn’t easy ever.

But what people miss is that those who are great at anything find a way to consistently do what most others don’t want to.

And they do it whether they feel motivated that day or not.

They do what they think is going to make them better, all the time. They can’t imagine not doing it.

They enjoy the grind of the hard work. They enjoy the challenge to improve. They enjoy feeling the competitive nature that drives them.

This working to improve themselves matters greatly.

In some ways as much as the victories, financial rewards, or championships. In the blink of any eye the season and year are over. Great people may tally their winnings and accolades but they get right back to work.

When you’re at the top, that becomes an emotional element. The work, the effort, the focus, the concentration, the sacrifice; it’s always somehow worth it.

It feels good. It feels right.

Warriors, scholars, innovators, entrepreneurs, athletes all go through the same process emotionally.

No practice or work routine is always exciting and filled with a rush of adrenaline. But it gets done anyway.

Will you love what you do enough to become great at it?

  • To embrace the dull and repetitive elements of getting better?
  • To face the grinding work with discipline, focus, and determination to improve?

When you do those things, greatness begins to take form in your craft.

You become great at anything day by day through your immersion in the subject. It gathers momentum through your relentless effort to fulfill a dream or burning desire; to be or do something extraordinary.

If you’re ready to tap into your true potential; reach out to talk with me here.

 

 

10 Ways to Honor My Vision

The repetitive nature of life is where the lessons exist.

  • To what degree do I resist the complacency in my life?
  • To what degree do I resist my own wisdom?
  • If I’m not happy today, where will that come from?

You already know that if you have a goal or vision of what you want, you also need a solid plan to make it happen.

Here are the active elements where performance gaps can be identified.

10 Ways to Honor the Integrity of My Vision

  1. I know exactly what I want. And I know why.
  2. I am able to understand and truthfully admit, where I am now compared to that.
  3. I know what’s needed from me in terms of effort, focus and commitment.
  4. I’m working on it. I’m doing it. I’m deeply engaged.
  5. I aware of and able to acknowledge my own interference. I know where I’m getting in my own way and doing something about it.
  6. I am willing to accept help, guidance and direction.
  7. I doing what’s necessary based on priority payoffs, and going about my day like I mean it.
  8. I’m tracking my activities and progress so that I notice trends, patterns and obstacles.
  9. I’m making adjustments as needed.
  10. I’m focusing on Who I need to be more than what I need to do. Because when I know Who I am, and I honor that, I know what to do. And I do it more effectively.

Shortcut Bonus:

The shortfalls most often occur in the gaps in your belief systems, your knowledge/understanding, and your effort.

Bridging these gaps can require a willingness to allow guidance to replace ego in your pursuits of success.

Talk with me today if you’re ready to accelerate your success.

10 Principles of Peak Performance

Some people are interested in achievement, while others are committed. What happens next is a direct result of those choices.

Here are 10 Principles that help create Peak Performance:

  1. Clarity of Vision- This includes specific goals and outcomes that are easily measured. It also includes an elevated vision of Self. When you know Who you are, you tend to know What to do.
  2. Self-Directed Action– Always in the direction of the desired outcomes. The pre-occupation with the vision creates inspired action. All peak performers are self-motivated.
  3. High Commitment to Personal Role and Responsibility- The relentless willingness to do what’s needed, along with the determination to see the journey through, provide resilience to overcome obstacles relatively easily.
  4. Mindset of Empowerment- The “I’ve got this” focus of active positive messaging despite setbacks are all self-generated. Self-doubt is rare.
  5. Willingness to Learn– A high desire for insights that provide a competitive edge brings an openness to engage experts.
  6. Improvement, Elevation and Expansion Focus– “What makes me better?” Past success fades, and the exuberance of what else is possible replaces complacency. Refined action displaces disappointment or fear.
  7. Engagement Hunger- There’s a high desire to push Self towards outcomes while finding personal satisfaction within the effort.
  8. Working Wisdom and Honesty- The effort is focused for maximum payoff within hierarchical priorities. There’s an understanding that effort is impaired by a variety of human factors that may require balance offsets. Peak performers tell themselves the truth about how well they are doing their part.
  9. Anticipation Sensing– The ability to see, feel and know with certainty that the desired outcomes will happen. The vision becomes inevitable because of the level of personal effort and creativity.
  10. Refinement and Enjoyment- There’s an ongoing curiosity about what might be more effective, and a recognition that even the smallest distinction could create an enormous payoff. It feels good to be immersed in the hard work that creates the desired outcomes.

In my experience as a trusted advisor to many highly successful people including; Professional Athletes, Emmy Award Winners, Fortune 500 Executives and Technology Visionary’s, this theme is consistent:

Believing in yourself is not enough.

Knowing Who you are, and the Mindset that What you want is Inevitable; are the real game-changers.

Reach out and we’ll talk about what’s important to you.

Measure Your Greatness

There is only one personally meaningful measure of greatness.

That you gave your gifts without apology and at such a high level you inspired others to reach for the same or more, while being personally at peace with yourself.

There is no greatness if you never feel at peace with your effort or achievements, because you will always feel unsatisfied.

It’s hard to feel great if you are filled with regret, or never gave your best, or never achieved the level of success you aspired to.

In my conversations with Olympic and Professional Athletes, Emmy Award Winners, Fortune 500 Sr. Executives and other highly successful people, one thing is clear:

The inner peace comes only from the self-honesty of whether you laid it all on the line or not.

Measured perhaps by the mirror test that the most decorated US Winter Olympic Athlete  Apolo Ohno talks about in his book Zero Regrets;

  • “Did I do everything I could today to become a champion?”

You might ask; Did i do everything I could today to achieve my outcomes?

Did I personally win the day with my effort, my focus, my commitment, my resolve, and my leadership?

The mark of greatness lends itself to being fully aware of these things.

The other element is how you handle pressure.

The higher the level, the greater the heat.

Great people are able to meet pressure with the delivery of their best effort while embracing the pressure. Some part of them wants to lay it all on the line giving their best; win or lose.

While everyone wants to win, or achieve at high levels, giving everything you have is in some ways more meaningful.

Maybe victory over self is the sweetest victory of all.

The imposter syndrome defines those who would fear to be found out as frauds for achieving their attained levels of success, because they have not had to dig deep inside themselves to give their best effort, nor had to overcome harsh adversities on their path to success. In many ways their path was too easy, and knowing this eats away at their self-worth.

Awards and achievements will never fulfill compared to the personal satisfaction and inner peace obtained through the delivery of your best.

And if you aspire to do great things, you will find that the delivery of your best is an upward moving target.

Reach out to me here if you are ready to tap into more of your own greatness.