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Ten Tips to Greatness

Updated on September 25, 2019
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Audrey's desire to help others understand human behavior led her to study psychology. Here, we learn ways to cope with hurtful words.


Discover Your Inner Gold Mine

The journey to greatness begins with unveiling your finest qualities. If you sit around and wait to be great at something, you are going to have a very long wait my friend.

I'm not sure that any of us reach our true, full potential. But unless we try, and try hard, we may never know and experience the inner peace, self-satisfaction and feeling of achievement that this self-discovery brings.

When we allow ourselves to recognize and discover the gold mine within we honor the strength and wisdom hovering about. We free our talents and abilities and God uses this to encourage and uplift other people.

As we strive to live up to our potential we experience an energy and excitement that has been lying dormant, waiting for the moment to break free and serve us, that we might serve others more fully.

To discover your inner gold mine:

  • Live each day fully.
  • Express gratitude for all you have been given.
  • Be grateful for all that you are right now.
  • Give thanks for all you are becoming.

Are you ready to begin your journey to greatness? Let's start by taking a look at your abilities and talents.

Begin Your Journey By Assessing Your Abilities

We all have abilities and talents of some kind and yet we go through life never discovering half of them. How much more are we capable of achieving each day? I wonder what would happen if we just unleashed our full potential on this world. It just may become a better place. We just might make more of a difference than we could ever imagine.

In order to live up to your potential you have to be able to recognize what you are good at. Begin by making a list of all the things you do well. Include those things that make you happy and fulfilled. Here are just a few examples:

  • Baking
  • Writing
  • Languages
  • Music
  • Genealogy
  • History
  • Organization Skills
  • Beauty Advice
  • Teaching
  • Cooking
  • Crafts
  • Home Repairs
  • Nursing
  • Gardening
  • Recycling
  • Senior Living
  • Nutrition
  • Helping Others
  • Ways to make or save money
  • Spiritual Guidance
  • Self Improvement
  • Humor

You don't have to be an expert or have a PHD degree to have talent and ability. List areas that you are passionate about. What are your hobbies and interests? Have you been praised for your parenting skills? Maybe you have been blessed with negotiating abilities. Do you find that you gravitate to self-improvement books and have made some life-altering changes?

Take your time as you work on your list. This is the first step toward reaching your true potential and beginning your journey to greatness.


Don't let yesterday hijack your attention." John C. Maxwell

Your Best Self Is Clearly Waiting For You.

The late wonderful and super talented cartoonist, Charles Schulz, left us these very wise words: "Life is a ten-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use."

What are some gears that you haven't used? Are you putting limits on what you can do? Most of us put limits on ourselves. We have so much potential within us. This potential is unlimitless and for the most part untapped. Sharon Wood, the first North American woman to climb Mount Everst, learned some things about putting too much emphasis on mere physical challenges and too little credence to psychological and emotional ones.

She said, "I discovered it wasn't a matter of physical strength, but a matter of psychological strength. The conquest lay within my own mind to penetrate those barriers of self-imposed limitations and get through to that good stuff-the stuff called potential, 90 percent of which we rarely use."

Your potential is really up to you and it doesn't matter one hoot what others might think. There will always be someone around to give you their negative opinion. There will always be someone ready to help you build fears and doubts. Just remember, that negativity is about them and not you.

Your potential is a picture of what you can become. Most of us see what is instead of what could be. I love the remark by Thomas Edison . "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves."


Be Your Own Best Friend

A little voice resides inside our mind to remind us that we can't do this and we dare not do that. It is famous for telling us that "we are stupid" or "we can't do anything right." And the sad thing is, we listen to this voice and we believe what it says. We are shaping our own self-concepts with our internal dialogue.

Now it is time to turn that voice off once and for all. So how do we do this? Pretend that you are your own best friend and change the dialogue. Keep doing this until all negative thinking is gone. Teach yourself to notice the positive things that happen each day.

Believing in yourself builds faith and reduces obstacles. How can you become all that you could be if you don't believe in yourself? And if others redicule you in any way, remember you are your own best friend. Immediately erase discouraging words, replacing them with positive, empowering self-talk. You will become on the outsdie what you believe on the inside. Expect to succeed and you will.

Setting Realistic Goals

A few years ago I made a decision to participate in a writing challenge for HubPages for the second time. The first time I took this challenge I believed that I could reach my goal which was writing 30 articles in 30 days. To my disappointment, I didn't make it. I tried taking the challenge again. Even though I knew I would have a particularly busy month, I told myself I could meet my goals this time. I would push myself as often as needed and complete my 30 articles in 30 days. I only managed to write 16.

You might say I set myself up for failure because I knew that I was going to have a busy month. When we set a goal for ourselves it needs to be realistic I didn't allocate a specific time for writing and I failed to make a plan for succeeding.

So, did I fail? Absolutely not. I learned a valuable lesson in setting goals which are applicable in other areas of my life. Goals such as increasing my exercise, doing more stretches, keeping a food journal, editing my early articles and volunteering where I'm needed, will now be part of my daily plan. When we learn from our mistakes, we never fail.

Thomas Edison believed "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."

Giving up is not an option as far as I'm concerned. I can't tell you how many times I have "picked myself up, dusted myself off, and started all over again." A new opportunity awaits us each day. I inherited the gift of perseverance from my parents which were tested to the limit when my oldest son passed away. Perseverance doesn't demand more than we have - it demands all that we have.

Embrace Your Strengths Not Your Weaknesses

Embrace your strengths instead of focusing on your weakness. You must believe in yourself in every way.
Embrace your strengths instead of focusing on your weakness. You must believe in yourself in every way. | Source

How To Beat Procrastination

The biggest reason we fail to live up to our potential is that we postpone and delay the action of doing. We procrastinate. To develop potential we have to learn how to stop procrastinating:

  • One reason we put things off is that we select too big a task. If you are guilty of doing this, try breaking a large task into smaller ones. This will help you to see the end result quicker. As you complete each small task, the big picture then becomes something that you can more easily complete.
  • Another reason we procrastinate is that we don't give ourselves enough time to complete the project. Establish the habit of giving yourself extra time for your project. If you feel you need 1 hour to complete a task, give yourself 2 hours.
  • Procrastination is a habit. We aren't born with the desire to put things off and If we don't break this habit, it will break us. We end up frustrated, angry, sad and stressed out.
  • Break down a big task into smaller ones completing first one small task, then another.

Greatness is in You

To be your very best always do your very best. When you are doing your best, you can't ask any more of yourself than that. Your best will not always be the same because circumstances are not the same and we live in a changing world. Mistakes will be made as we learn and grow and try to do better, but when we do our best there are no regrets as we have given all we can.

You are truly yourself when you are doing your best. You are becoming a master. You are living up to your true potential. You are giving yourself a wonderful gift of inspiration and aliveness.

As you strive for excellence, remember to arm yourself with persistence, dedication, and sacrifice always focusing on your strengths and not your weaknesses.

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Final Thoughts

What does greatness mean for you? Do you define greatness as achieving fame or fortune? It's important to know because this is how you see yourself.

True greatness comes from within. It stems from being true to yourself. When you are living a life of purpose and honoring yourself - this is the meaning of true greatness.

Consider the following ways to recognize greatness:

  • Stepping out of your ego allows you to step into your power.
  • Listen intently to others when they speak.
  • Allow others to step into heir power.
  • Create space for yourself and others to be great.
  • Greatness goes beyond talent.

The achievement of true greatness is a long-term process. It may involve occasional setbacks. The end result may not always be clearly visible, but it seems that it always requires regular, consistent, small, and sometimes ordinary and mundane steps over a long period of time.

Greatness requires the development of character. Every day we have unlimited opportunities to do simple things that make us great. Helping the elderly, visiting the sick, donating time or resources to the needy and even rescuing an animal are all signs of greatness.

Serve others whenever you can and know that you are on a journey to greatness.

© 2011 Audrey Hunt


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