So, How Great Could You Be?

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

— T. S. Eliot

Have you ever wondered how far you could go? How much you could accomplish?

Usually, the need to accomplish is a function of ego driven by competition. Many derive their own self worth and self esteem by measuring their accomplishments against what others have or have not achieved.

I am reflective in quiet moments contemplating Eliot’s words. How far could I actually go? What is actually possible for me to accomplish? In my contemplation, ego is absent. I am no longer concerned with achieving to impress either myself or the world. I am inspired by the possibility of fully living up to my most advanced self.

Each of us has been created and sent into this world with a unique combination of talents, gifts, and abilities. With these talents, gifts, and abilities comes the capacity for fully expressing such talents, gifts and abilities. Our greatest challenge and responsibility is maximizing our capacity to express ourselves fully…to live up to the greatness that lies within all of us.

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Counterpunching Adversity

“The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.”

— Ben Okri

The human spirit is amazingly resilient, so long as we remember that we are all stronger than we often give ourselves credit for being.

Some days the world just seems like it is out to get you. One test after another, challenging and pushing you. These tests are designed to measure your faith in many things, including yourself and your ability to deal with life’s unwelcomed jabs and uppercuts that can put you on the ropes.

At some point in life we’ve all had to overcome, to endure, to transform…relying upon hidden sources of inspiration and strength that we never even knew we had. Those hidden sources remain within, always available to help us move forward and past that which threatened to bring us down.

At times of adversity and uncertainty, embrace the source of strength which lies within you. Yes, you really are stronger than you think you are.

It’s a great day to be you!

How To Take Your Life For Granted

Every once in a while I’ll come across something that for some reason makes me stop and reflect. That was the case when I discovered this quote from Aldous Huxley:

“Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.”

I’ve been thinking and reflecting a great deal about life these days. Probably because I’ve recently celebrated another birthday. Another mile on the odometer of my life. At some point in life birthdays become somewhat humbling, especially when you realize that the majority of your birthdays are probably behind you. The once infinite future seems suddenly finite. Not so much that the end is near; rather, you gain a new found respect for this thing we call time.

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Something To Think About…#18

“The real issue is not talent as an independent element, but talent in relationship to will, desire, and persistence. Talent without these things vanishes and even modest talent with those characteristics grows.”

— Milton Glaser

Without action, what good are all the talents, gifts, and abilities that you uniquely possess?  What good are all the dreams that captivate your heart?  Your true greatness, your gift to the world, can only be manifested by taking action. 

Do you have the “will, desire, and persistence” to become all that you are capable of becoming? 

Be inspired by your own greatness and in awe of your own magnificence.  Bask in the world of abundance and possibility. 

Your greatness is calling you to take action.

Today.

Three Simple Steps to Extracting Your Greatness!

Greatness isn’t what it used to be.

Not in my book, anyway.

The traditional interpretation of greatness has always relied on an external comparison component. You know, the you’re-better-than-me  she’s-better-than-her evaluative comparison stuff. Only through comparison can something be considered greater than something else.

Without the comparison, there is just is. If Mount Everest was the only mountain in the world, would anyone refer to it as being the tallest? No. It would just be a mountain. It needs lesser mountains around it to claim its greatness.

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Someone Once Said…#11

“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.”

–Gandhi

Gandhi understood that collectively we all have the capacity to change the world for the better.

Individually, you have the capacity to solve that which needs solving in your own life, and change your own world for the better.

It’s all part of the greatness that lies within you. Rediscover your greatness!

Why the World Needs You to Live Up to Your Greatness

How many more children would have died if Jonas Salk didn’t live up to his potential?

I write a great deal about potential and greatness simply because I have yet to live up to my own. Sure, I’ve enjoyed personal and professional successes, but I sometimes feel like I’m a Formula 1 Indy car cruising on a winding country road on a lazy Sunday afternoon..

I know there is no scientific gauge to measure potential-lived-up-to, but I just know that there’s still a lot more in my tank. Conversely, if there was a scientific gauge to measure excuses-made-as-to-why-potential-has-not-been-lived-up-to, I’d be off the charts.

PROFOUND QUESTION Is living up to my potential and maximizing my capacity for greatness really necessary? Or, is it just a self-indulgent quest…just to see what I am actually capable of?

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