As such, a primary rule for unleashing our greatness is related to paying attention. Essentially, we must become more aware, aware of ourselves, our trajectory, our lives, and our place in it.
And to become more aware, we must practice mindfulness. So how does one practice mindfulness? Well, mindfulness can be practiced by taking time each day to think about your life. Some of the best ways to do this are the following: mediation, long-walks, solitude, and going for a drive. These are just a few ways that you can practice mindfulness, but it is by no means an exhaustive list.
If you want to reach your greatness, you are going to have put in a lot of work. You must plant the seed in your mind, that greatness requires effort. Know, that your best self will not appear out of the blue just because you can imagine it.
Michael Jordan practiced 5 to 7 hours a day throughout his life. He had to train and practice to show up as the person we’ve all come to admire.
Pablo Picasso painted 13,500 paintings, created at least 100,000 graphic prints and engravings, produced 34,000 book illustrations, and designed over 300 sculptures.
Prolific writer, Paulo Coelho has written 34 books since 1974, and wrote 4 books in one year alone.
Bringing your best self into the world will be no different. It is going to take hours and hours of practice and tons of action and extra effort to make it happen.
Just like metal needs forging to be formed into a desired shape, so too will your greatness require concentrated effort to mold and make.
4 – Experiment
Habitual experimenting is a seed of greatness. Some of the best inventions, recipes, and businesses have come to existence due to experimentation.
As you’ve probably already know, it took Thomas Edison over 1,000 experiments before he realized his vision of the working light bulb.
Henry Ford experimented with businesses and had 5 businesses fail before one took off.
Similarly, the delicious meals and drinks we get to enjoy at our favorite restaurants are the results of endless experimentation’s.
All in all, if we want to unleash our greatness, we must be willing to try new things, take different approaches, we must be willing to experiment.
5 – Quantity Vs. Quality
This rule is related to the last two, but it is different as it relates to not just taking action, but to ensuring that we are shipping or completing our creations. It is necessary that you get your talents, ideas, and gifts out there to benefit the world.
To realize your greatness, you must get bits of it out into the world. Not just for the sake of getting something out there, but in order that it may serve other people.
The more we can put out into the world, the better. Sure, some of our ideas, creations, or whatever, may not be of the highest quality at first, but you can always improve quality over time.
The most important part is just getting your great stuff out there. Because the quality of what you have to offer the world will improve as you provide it. So start shipping your greatness today!
6 – Always Be Learning
A.B.L, Always Be Learning is the next seed of greatness. One of the easiest ways to become more, is to learn more. The more we learn, the larger our capacity for growth becomes.
Why you ask? Well, recall my new and improved way of looking at greatness, which was “as a personalized reference point, limited only by the imagination and ambition of the person considering it.” In doing so, notice the words “limited only by the imagination” of the person considering it.
When we learn more, our ability to comprehend and imagine what is possible grows, as such, continual learning is vital to reaching our greatness.
7 – Time Travel
The last seed of greatness, Time Travel. If you time travel, you will position yourself to realize more of your greatness. Of course, I am not talking about actual time travel here, (which would be cool) but rather, I am talking about mental time travel.
In other words, time travel as it relates to our ability to look forward into the future using our imagination.
To time travel in this sense, try to envision yourself as the greatest at what you have a passion for doing. Try to envision the best version of yourself, or your ideal self.
When you do this, you’ll be stretching your mind and creating a void to be filled in by action. The action that is necessary for building the foundation that your future greatest self will soon rest upon.
Time travel in this sense can also help you make those big life altering decisions easier. Jeff Bezos once mentioned a form of mental time travel he used to tap his greatness, but he called it a ‘regret minimization framework.’
In his example, he projected himself forward to the age of 80 and asked himself a series of questions at that point, on what he would or wouldn’t regret. The answers that came to him are what propelled him to act on those ideas that were most aligned with his greatness.
And if you know anything about Jeff Bezos, you’ll know he made the right choice. A choice that unleashed a multi-billion-dollar business empire.
So, if you want to fortify your capacity for greatness, close your eyes and take a leap into your imagined future.
To live one’s greatest life….to achieve one’s greatness, a lot of hard work will be involved, a lot of discipline as well. Determination is going to be needed, you will without a doubt, need to tap new levels of courage.
Failure will happen, and you’ll have to show some serious resolve! But, if you’ll simply start sowing your seeds of greatness, everything will change for you.
When you begin baking these 7 Seeds of Greatness into your pursuits, you will be poised to unleash your greatness, and with that, your amazing future.
Till next time…
Which seed of greatness do you feel most resonates with you?