We are all born with an equal potential for greatness. There are no exceptions, yet most achieve far below their potential while a small handful rise to extraordinary heights and become legends. To rank amongst the elite you must consciously change your habits. Greatness does not show up with time or because you think about it. Greatness is a virtue you must consciously invest in every minute of every day. Be intentional about greatness and go after it with an unwavering belief in your abilities to achieve success and excellence.
1. Sense of purpose and vision.
The mindset necessary for achieving greatness lies in understanding that success is not your ultimate goal. This goal is too small and unilateral. To strive for greatness you must be well-rounded. You must be more interested in building a cause that touches others, not a business. Be willing to step out of the box. Strive to be a pioneer, a trend setter, a game changer and a radical thinker who is deeply driven to make this world a better place.
The two habits necessary to accomplish your goals and ideals are; an unwavering dedication to your cause and the desire to make a significant difference. To achieve greatness you have to know the deeper reasons for building your business. It is these deeper emotional reasons where you discover a well of passion, dedication, perseverance and the willingness to fight to the bitter end for your victory.
Be willing to suffer along the way.
2. Strong set of core values.
To unlock your greatness be clear on your values. Your values are the unconscious motivators which shape your future. It is your values which drive your actions and behaviors. Be clear on the mission and values your business stands for and what goals are in line to make you unique to the consumer. Consumers love to invest in and be a part of any mission they believe in and one they see as beneficial.
3. Unwavering belief.
Your beliefs develop the foundational rules of how you play the game of success. To be a great achiever, create a rule book that enhances your success and sets you apart from the average person whose self-limiting beliefs keeps them thinking small and living small. An unwavering belief in your vision will lead to your greatness. Adopt a rebel heart. Refuse to take "no" for an answer. Be courageous enough to go against the grain. Rise to the occasion when faced with obstacles.
4. Enjoy in the process.
Greatness in its truest form is not about the goal as much as it is about the process of getting there. Commit to defying the odds, overcoming huge challenges and taking the road less traveled. Instant gratification does not bring happiness, greatness or success. Happiness comes from the pursuit of excellence. Walt Disney is a great example of a visionary who suffered repeated financial setbacks and business disasters, yet persevered with an unfaltering belief in his vision.
5. Make efficient decisions.
Greatness is a decision. To make a definitive decision means to cut out all other possibilities. In other words, neither failure nor distraction are options to those who choose to succeed.
6. Daily goals and work habits.
Behind every extraordinary success is the discipline of creating daily goals backed by work habits which show huge payoffs. It is very rare to be an overnight success. Success is about repetition and the culmination of consistent small steps over time. True success in any field boils down to your days filled with hard work, practice and patience.
7. Positive self-identification.
“You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously.” - Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
Develop These 7 Habits to Unlock Your Greatness (Entrepreneur.com)