“We are all born for greatness. Each one of us has greatness inside of us and the potential to draw it out in the things we do.”
Earlier this summer, we hosted a webinar with Michelle Steffes, concerning how to release one’s inner greatness. This is part 1 of 3. Above is the webinar, below the transcript.
The definition of greatness is superior in quality or character; it’s a lot about your "who" but also what we do to accomplish the "who" that counts. The question is, however, can we change who we are?
- What if we could alter how we see ourselves or how others perceive us?
- Would it connect us to opportunities that were otherwise unavailable?
- Would it connect us to people that we maybe couldn't connect with before?
- Would it change our environment as a whole and open doors that had been shut our whole lives?
Anthony Robinson states “All personal breakthroughs begin with a change in belief." Napoleon Hill states "Our only limitations are those that we set up in our own minds."
Now I want to change how you think about and see me right now. All of you watching this webinar saw the picture of me at the beginning of this presentation. Well, right now I'm going to show you how I can change your perception of me. Poof! [Photo of presenter on motorcycle] Did I alter how you see me? That my friends, is a 2006, 1200 custom sportster, Harley Davidson, Cobalt blue and silver, Vance and Hines short shot pipes and boy-- did that baby sound good! I thoroughly enjoyed that motorcycle. Pictured right alongside of it was my husband’s. We went all over enjoying our lives together on those bikes. Meeting new people, enjoying new sites; it was the time of our lives.
So, why I am I showing you my motorcycle? Because there are four valuable things that I learned from my motorcycle that I'd like to share with you right now that have an awful lot to do with your environment and your ability to release your greatness.
The First Lesson
The first of those lessons is decide. It's key to decide where it is you want to go and what you want to do. Before I bought the motorcycle I was waffling back and forth for a long period of time, trying to decide should I, shouldn't I? Do I have the resources? Is it smart? Am I putting my health at risk--or worse yet, my life at risk? I had three children, a job--I had people looking up to me and I didn't know whether or not it would be a good decision. Finally I went to my mentor (I highly recommend a mentor if you don't have one in your life). At the time she was in her 70's, and I went to her, explained my case, made all my excuses, and when I got finished she said "Michelle, you need to think about this. This may be the only opportunity that you have in your lifetime and the only time you have the resources to do it. If you get later in life, you are going to look back and regret it."
She was right.
So let me ask you: "Do you have things in your life or career right now, or maybe you're a leader or a CEO of a large company and there are things that you've been waffling about, that you aren’t sure of following? Whether it's in life or business, you need to make that decision. Be willing to step out because not all the circumstances are going to fall into place for you immediately.
The Second Lesson
The second is that education equals confidence.
When you want to learn something new, obviously you need to be educated to do so; we end up with a lot of reluctance when we don't have the education. We need to make a determination to get the education that we need so that we can gain that confidence. With my motorcycle, I wasn't very good at it at first, in fact I was rather clumsy-- I didn't drop the bike or fall, but I sure felt like I was going to!
So, I signed up for motorcycle safety courses--three days of motorcycle boot camp out in the hot sun. They put me through every rigorous activity I could possibly fall into on a bike. By the end of those three days, my confidence had grown exponentially, I felt very good about riding a bike. (As a matter of fact, I felt like I had ridden a bike my entire life.) Education creates confidence. Whatever it is that you need to do, get the education you need to do to move forward.
The Third Lesson
The third lesson is to focus in the direction you want to go. When I was out on the course, I had absolutely no problem turning right. I could make tight turns, long turns; it didn't make any difference. But, for some reason, I couldn't turn left. It seemed I had a brain block. Everytime I tried to turn left, it was very wide and shaky. That’s when I realized that I was looking at the bike, handlebars, ground--anywhere I shouldn't be looking. Finally an instructor stopped me and said "Michelle what are you doing?” He explained that I needed to look in the direction I wanted to go in.
YOU need to focus on your vision, where you are going; the bike will follow. So my message to you is, make sure that you are keeping your eyes on the “whys.” Keep your eye on the vision-- the place that you want to be or the person you want to become. As long as you fix your attention there, you cannot fail. It's only when we start to look at the circumstances and the troubles and struggles around us that we fall.
Bring Along Others
Dream big and take others with you. My husband and I had taken over a motorcycle group early on when we had gotten our motorcycles. For seven years, we lead this group. We embraced everyone with a hug, a warm welcome, and made everyone feel on board. There is nothing more rewarding than pouring back into the lives of others. Our group grew to over 200 members and we had an average of 30-70 bikers on every single ride. We planned a ride every other week.
So what is your vision? Where do you see yourself in 2 years? 5? 10? Do you have a vision for your future? Do you see yourself doing the dreams and accomplishing the things that you want to, or are you stuck? So many of us can get caught in the routines of life-- you get up in the morning, get ready, maybe send the kids off to school; then we get to work and we run through the task list. Sometimes we can even get closed off at work and get stuck in the little box of accomplishing task to task that we forget to pull back and look at the 10,000 foot view and step out of the box every now and then. Whether it's in life or business, when we get locked into this routine, it can take a terrible toll on us. We go home, we have supper, we might lay on the couch for a while, watch TV. and just to go to bed and get back up to do the same thing again and again and again. We need to have a vision--something that we are moving towards all the time. We are created to do so.
The Suffocating Power of Fear
Only 3% of people will see their lifetime goals achieved. That's a statistic by Brian Tracy. The #1 reason we don't see our dreams is because of fear. Now I generally do give this presentation in front of a large group of people and I have a pair of sunglasses with very large lenses, and on each lens I glued some block yellow letters that say fear on each lens. The reason I'm sharing this visual with you is because I want you to understand what fear does to you. When you put those glasses on, you can only see bits and pieces of your vision--of the future you want to have. You might just see a fragment of that new house you want to buy or a small sliver between the letters where you are going to be able to pay it off. Maybe it’s a small fragment of your potential promotion, that car that you want to own, the vacation you want to take, or the family you want to have. It could even be wanting to achieve a particular accomplishment at work with your team. Whatever it is, you can't see it clearly because fear is right in front of you.
When you are wearing those glasses, you are asking yourself questions like:
- What if I don't make it?
- What if I’m not good enough?
- What if I make a fool of myself?
- What are people going to think of me?
- What if I fail and lose everything?
Getting caught up in these kinds of thoughts chokes out the seeds and prevents our harvest from coming.
Getting a Little Brainy
Whether you are under stress or fear, they have the same reaction on your body. What's released is adrenaline and cortisol. Now these are two chemicals that are meant to be released during fear or stress on a battlefield; you need them as the flight or fight and to survive. Otherwise, you may get caught up in reasoning and things like that and you can't really fight the war. But adrenaline and cortisol are horrible in the workplace and the homelife, especially if they are constantly flowing through your system. First of all, they wreak havoc on your health. They destroy your immune system, wreck your organs, and when the cortisol hits the executive center of your brain, it actually paralyzes your ability to think clearly and be able to be creative and to accomplish the things that you need to at the highest potential.
We need to change your physiology and your state or your state of mind. This is key to changing your environment and how you react to things. But how do we change the physiology and state of mind? Through cause and effect. Everything in the universe operates through cause and effect: the sun, the stars, the plant life, your body. Let me give you a few examples:
- If you put a seed in the ground you get a plant.
- If you don't take a shower, you stink.
- If you don't brush your teeth, you wind up with cavities and probably bad breath.
- If you smoke, you may get lung cancer.
- If you are sedentary, you get out of shape.
We can apply this to finances, to health, pretty much everything in your life. So if it’s universal, then shouldn't it also work in changing our physiology and state? I want to say the answer to that is definitely yes.
From the Inside Out
I want to get started with the outside of you and work our way to the inside of you, beginning with physical health. Everybody knows that we need to be physically fit. We are probably tired of hearing it over and over. Did you know,however, that when you are physically active, you activate the pituitary gland in your body and it floods you with endorphins that are 200 times more powerful than morphine?
As a matter of fact, those that are addicted to physical fitness are more than likely addicted to the endorphin high that they get from exercise itself. It ends up giving you more:
Additionally, it boosts your immune system, gives you a higher energy level, and let’s you experience the dopamine or euphoric effect when you exercise on a regular basis.
The point here is to understand that exercise is not only good for your physical being but also for your mind, ability to think clearly, and ability to function fully at your highest potential. These are all important formulas for greatness.
Nutrition is Necessary
We all know we need to eat fruits and veggies, drink water and have plenty of legumes and protein-- and that's good, because if you do, you will feel 100% better. But a lot of people don't realize that centuries and centuries ago, God mandated every 7 years the fields lie dormant. Now, the purpose of this was that the fields would replete with minerals and nutrients and then end up back in the food sources. However for the love of money, that stopped long ago. Fast forward many hundreds of years, and now the fruits and veggies that we do have are lacking in important nutrients. To combat this, we need to do our part eating fruits and veggies and possibly look into supplements and working on our physical health.
Sweet, Sweet Sleep
We all know that sleep is important, but that's the one thing that we sacrifice first as adults. We will work sometimes on into the night to finish a project or whatever it is that we need to do--but do you realize that when you are sleeping you regenerate brain cells and restore chemicals that are absolutely essential for full brain function and productivity.
Donning the LBD
You need to dress for success. People will formulate their opinion of you in the first 30 seconds that they see you. When you aren't dressing for success, you are doing yourself a serious disservice, especially if you are seeking a high goal in the business world. Besides, when you look smashing, you feel smashing.
End of Part 1 of 3. Check back soon for the next installment!