Steps to Greatness
Steps to Greatness
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-Find your purpose
A lot of what you think you want has been conditioned by your peers, family and society. To find what you really want, you need to search deep. Few will know exactly what they want in life. Most of us have glimpses of our path, therefore, we need to follow our intuition and let our hearts show the way.
-Be your true self
Once you find your purpose and to a further extent “yourself”. You will have to embrace it for better or for worse. We are far from being perfect. We all have our shadow as Carl Jung said but we need not be afraid of who we are.
For who we are is a very complex thing. However, we can learn to investigate, contemplate and learn how to cope with our shadow and nurture our higher self and destroy our lesser self. There is no faking it. Better to be hated for who you are than be loved for who you are not.
-Do not care about what people think of you (most of the time)
When you are being yourself, you are not wearing the people-pleaser mask anymore. You are going to be more polarising and people will think of you being different.
The difference will be in you and now you can’t hide anymore. Stay true to yourself but don’t be conceited. This is not an invitation to be an asshole. Take the feedback from the people who are part of your tribe and even the negative feedback that could be constructive even though it hurts.
-Do not get lost in the words of others
This is a kind of a follow-up to the step above. Be it praise or blame, you need a certain level of detachment. Words can make you conceited, arrogant, angry, depressed, frustrated and it will always be so.
See the blame and praise for what they are... just words... transient and ephemeral as anything else. Take a moment, ponder upon them. Take what is needed from those words and move forward.
Regardless of what you want to achieve, you’ll need to put in some consistent heavy lifting which is not glamorous. Everybody wants the highlights but don’t want to go through the daily grind that is mundane and not so glamorous at all.
-The way you do small things is the way you do great things
Following to what I said above ... small incremental steps will get you to the top of the mountain. DO NOT underestimate the power of the small things. How fit would you be if you were to exercise 15minutes per day ?
How much weight would you lose if you were to reduce your calories by 100 every 3 days ? How much of a new language can you learn by practicing it just 30minutes a day? How fluent will you be in 1 year or 2 or 3 ?
How much more knowledge would you acquired if you were to read for 20 minutes a day ? How much more peace would you have if you were to meditate for 15minutes a day ? Do the small things consistently and great things will happen.
-Showing up / Find strategies
They say that doing the same things over and over again and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. When you are doing the small things, you need strategies to figure out the progress you are making and how to move forward. You will have to research, find the mentors, the books, the courses... To help you get better and more efficient in what you do.
-Set your mind
Your mindset is incredibly important. You will need to believe and know that you can achieve whatever you set your mind on. You have to believe wholeheartedly that your vision can become concrete. You also have to know that hurdles and pitfalls will come your way and nothing will come easy. But in following this, your heart will be breaking over and over again and yet the journey is about transcending and achieving greatness.
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