Finding Your Individual Greatness

“Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else Judy Garland

Finding Your Individual Greatness

Great leaders have things in common.  They also have different ways to find their individual greatness.  Here are eight ways you can find your own individual greatness.

“Being confident and believing in your own self-worth is necessary to achieving your potential.” Sheryl Sandburg, author of Lean-In and Facebook Chief Operating Officer

Find the beat of your own drum and march to it.

It is so easy for me to get distracted and off course when I look at what other people are doing and imitate those people.  What I often find is that the direction that those people are going is completely off track from where I want to be.   If I can just trust the beat of my drum, I can stay on task, trust my instincts, and create work that is original and produces fantastic results.

Be happy today.

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” Buddha

Happiness is an inside job.  When I feel sad, I acknowledge that I am sad.  I do not focus on the things that I believe are making me sad.  Often my feelings come along and I seem to find ideas to hang them on.  I admit that I am sad, I experience the feeling of sadness, and I let it pass on its way.  If I do not attach ideas to my feelings, most of the time my feelings only hang around for a minute or two, and I get a fresh, often invigorating sense of my world.

Focus on doing things accurately.

My baseball coaches said see the ball and hit the ball.  In football, the coaches said see the ball and catch the ball.  Watch the baseball all the way into your bat.  Watch the football all the way into your hands and arms.

Create new things instead of perfecting old things.

I have worked drafts of articles so many times that I have lost track of what I had in mind when I started writing the article.  I have found that the best way to work on any project and carry it forward to the finish is to write day a statement of what I want to do.  Second, I create an outline of the things that I need to do to do the task.  Third, I fill in the details of completing the task.  Whether I am washing my car or writing an article, the process of the same.

Keep projects simple.

The steps are pretty much the same for each project

 Wash Car  Write Article 
Tools: bucket, soap, sponge, towels, water hose Tools: Laptop
Spray the car. List paragraph headings
Sponge wash car. Write material to match
headings.
Rinse the car. Proofread the article.
Dry the car. Post the article on my website.

Finding Your Individual Greatness through Personal Growth

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” Norman Vincent Peal, The Power of Positive Thinking

Emphasize the things that are working and build on those things.

Sometimes it is easy for me to get off track, discouraged, and lose my sense of direction.  When this happens, I can focus on the things that I did when things were working and simply repeat those things.

Keep an open mind to new ideas to simplify and make your life easier.

I see new, simple, even free ways to do the same things that have been a struggle.   I created the table above in Microsoft Word.  For anyone who has ever tried to insert a table in a website, you will know that tables make some material easier to read can the table can be a challenge to create and support through editing.

Take criticism as suggestions that can help you. 

I remember working with an applicant on her resume.  She told me that the things that I told her she had already covered with other recruiters and had even had her resume written professionally.  I said simply that I understood and that the only thing that mattered is that she manages her resume in the way that she feels will be most effective for getting her interview.