W.I.N. Wednesday: I dare you.
“Greatness is the birthright of everyone.”
Allow yourself to imagine back to when you were a young boy or girl and dreaming of what you wanted to be when you grew up.
I am confident that you dreamt of being great at whatever you did. Most people do not grow up dreaming of being mediocre, of flying under the radar their entire career, doing the bare minimum to get by or just being average. You dreamt of being great.
Sometimes however, life gets in the way and beats you down and you find yourself embracing the status quo and focusing on just getting by.
I dare you to go back to the dream. I dare you to be great.
Dare to Be Great is the name of the presentation I did at the ILEETA conference in April and the title of my newest seminar. It builds on the theme of What's Important Now?
What's Important Now? - Accept that greatness is a choice.
“Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice.”
Every day you have to decide whether you are going to dare to be great, or accept the safety and security of average. Deciding to dare to be great takes work and a long term commitment to the process of growth.
“No matter how much you have achieved, you will always be merely good relative to what you can become. Greatness is an inherently dynamic process, not an end point. The moment you think of yourself as great, your slide toward mediocrity will have already begun.”
Jim Collins, Good to Great and the Social Sectors
What's Important Now? - Accept that greatness is a process, a journey, not an end state. At the point you think you have arrived, at the point you think you are great, your slide to mediocrity will have begun.
Daring to be great is not about trying to be perfect, it is about a commitment to be a little bit better every day.
“You don’t need to know what perfect looks like you just need to know what better is. Use better as your guide.”
Eric Greitens, Resilience
What's Important Now? - Go back to the dream. Go back to your why. Accept the dare. Dare to be Great.
Maximizing human potential through Life's Most Powerful Question - What's Important Now?
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