And so in the same way, you, your greatness must first be activated. And what I’d like to share with you are eight steps to begin activating your potential for greatness should you want to live a life of meaning and fulfillment.
Number 1: Align everything that you do in your life with your passions. Steven Pressfield, in the “War of Art,” said,
“Look in your own heart. Unless I’m crazy, right now a small voice is piping up, telling you as it has ten thousand times, the calling that is yours and yours alone. You know it. No one has to tell you.”
You see, your passions aren’t random. Put your ear down to your heart and listen hard. What are you passionate about? Who do you want to fight for? Who do you want to be a hero to? What books can you not stop reading? What moves you to tears? What stirs your soul? Your passions are not random; they are your calling.
Number 2: Maximize the gifts that were given to you. You see, I have gifts that perhaps you don’t have, and you have gifts that perhaps I don’t have. And that is on purpose. This is where I ask that you be very selective about which parts of you you strengthen and which you don’t.
This is about strengthening your strengths and ignoring your weaknesses. Ask yourself: what am I passionate about and uniquely gifted at? Those are your strengths; you want to strengthen those.
What would I happily stop doing because I’ll never be great at it? Those are your weaknesses; ignore them.
Number 3: Declare. Set an intention and set that rocket of intention out into the universe. I work with thousands of entrepreneurs every year in our business school, and I insist, lovingly, that they create goal cards for everything that they want to achieve in their life. And they read it morning and night, morning and night and create new neural pathways of what they believe can be possible in the world. And believe it or not, these things happen.
Number 4: Believe. Believe in the fact that you can create great things. Perhaps you doubt yourself sometimes, we all do. But you’ve done many great things in your life. What seemed impossible is now easy, from tying your shoes by yourself many years ago, to riding a bike, to all of the different things that you’ve done.
You have done some amazing things in your life, and if you begin to write them down, and whenever presented with an opportunity to do something big, and you say, “Oh, I don’t have what it takes. I’m not good enough. I don’t have what it takes.”
You say, “Oh no. Once impossible, now easy. This, too, one day will become easy.”
Number 5: Protect yourself against naysayers. You see, when you have a goal – and your goal better be big and it better scare you or it’s not worth it – when you have a goal that seems crazy to somebody else, they’ll try to talk you off the ledge. Don’t let them. Go, “Lalalalala, I can’t hear you,” or don’t even tell them.
You see, people who try to talk you out of your goal also have potential for greatness; they just don’t know it yet. So choose not to associate.
Number 6: Commit to your dream, commit to your greatness. Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one commits, definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. This is when all sorts of resources are coming your way, but you must take the first step boldly.
Number 7: Be brave. Do the thing that you don’t think you can do. This activates your greatness because magic does not happen within your comfort zone.
If you could have achieved greatness within your current comfort zone, you would have already. This is about stepping out of the familiar; this is about being slightly uncomfortable and daring to be courageous even though perhaps no one else is believing in you.
Number 8: Expect. Expect greatness, expect results even when what you want is not showing up. I have a mantra that I would like for you to adopt as well.
The mantra is, on a daily basis, “I am positively expecting great results no matter what I see in front of me. I know that the Universe is rearranging itself for my best interest right now.”
You say this all the time, and you are doing two things: one – you’re allowing yourself to be in this place of positive expectation that changes your personal vibration and allows good things to come into your life, but you’re also asking for divine guidance.
And what I’ve learned about people who create great things in the world is that they never do it alone. There is always some form of divine guidance at play.
Those are the eight activators that begin to move you into your potential for greatness. You see, you were born with a purpose, on purpose, for a purpose. And the way to achieve that purpose is to activate the great oak that is within you.
It is to say “yes” to something that you feel is bigger than you. This is about denying the smallness, denying the part of you that feels inadequate and perhaps not worthy or deserving or that you don’t have what it takes.
On your journey to greatness, there will be forces and people pulling you into believing that you are not that great after all, you are not that special. But there will be signs and happy coincidences and occurrences that will tell you otherwise.
Choose wisely. Believe in your potential. There is a reason why you are here. There is a reason why you were given these gifts – not to hoard, not to hide. All of those experiences, all of the trauma that you may have experienced, all of it was for a reason. You have been shaped for greatness. And so it is a choice, and you have free will.
Now, between living a vanilla life, as I call it, a mediocre existence, and one in which you feel alive and on purpose and you live a life of meaning and fulfillment every day knowing that because you were here, other people’s lives are different, that is truly magnificent.