And the truth is that you are wired for greatness, much like the acorn, you are wired to create great things. But if you understand the role of metaphysics, and the role of quantum physics and quantum mechanics, you will also understand that anything you put your focus on repeatedly and with emotion will manifest itself. Greatness is within you.
So the question for you today is “What would I attempt if I could not fail?” If I had the opportunity to make this world a better place in only the way that I can make it a better place, what would I attempt? That is the question that I’d like you to think about now and in the times to come.
You see, activating your potential for greatness is a choice. It is a fork in the road; you have free will; you can choose not to activate the greatness that is within you in the same way that if I – imagine that I am holding an acorn – if I left this acorn on the stage and did not activate it by planting it in fertile soil and giving it sunlight and water and everything that it needs, that acorn would not be activated and would not become the great oak tree.
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.