A few weeks ago, we hosted a webinar with Michelle Steffes entitled “Releasing Your Greatness.” This is Part 3 of 3. Above is the webinar, below the transcript.
The Importance of Constant Growth
It begins with written goals. You need to think about what you want and brainstorm down on paper 10-20 things you want to do. Think about it. Habits you want to change, you want to add some skills, education, create some connections, improve your sales, your team at work, what is it that you want to accomplish? Do you want to build a new building? Add on to what you are currently doing as a CEO? Write down 10-20, and then prioritize them. The one at the very top should be the one that will make the biggest impact in your life. Create a deadline, then start considering the following:
- Who should you connect with?
- Who do you need to connect with?
- What skills do you need to acquire?
- What education will you need and how will you get it?
- What obstacles will you face?
If you think about your obstacles in advance, when they arrive it's not difficult to overcome them. It's much like writing a business plan. Any consultant will tell you, or any business leader, that you must have a business plan to succeed. Life isn't any different. Why shouldn't we have a business plan for what we want to accomplish in life?
Then have weekly and daily tasks. You have a weekly list as to what you do each day. Now only 3% of the general population will actually do what I just said. They will actually write it out. That's the statistic by Brian Tracy. I think it's interesting that it parallels the other 3% I mentioned earlier on in this talk and only 3% of all people will accomplish their goals. “Writing increases your odds by 1,000%” says Brian Tracy.
Quality Me Time
Physically calendar in the things that you want to accomplish with your goals and the things that you need to do. Make yourself the multi-million dollar client that you would never cancel an appointment for. You are the most important person in your world right now. It is because of you that you've obtained what you've obtained and that you’ve accomplished what you have accomplished. Calendar it and take it seriously. If you have to move it, move it! But do not cancel it.
Take the Leap
When you take risks you expand your brain power and your ability to do more things than you even thought possible. It actually stimulates the neurons in your brain and can create more possibilities for you in the area of creativity. I have a great quote that I like to live by- it's actually my own quote. “If you are not uncomfortable, you're not growing.”
Strive After Success
Success breeds success. When we create success for ourselves, it breeds more success, and when we create success for other people, it creates even more. Whether we are talking about just for you and your greatness or an organization you are in charge of, when you can create success in any situation for anyone, you can create more success. I like what Tony Robbins said. He says that “Progress equals happiness.”
Think about something that maybe you did well at. Maybe it's your golf game, a hobby that you seem to succeed at, or your workout plan that you are doing well with. How does that make you feel? These principles that I'm teaching you are not necessarily new. They are taught by some of the greats that are now millionaires and billionaires even. People like John Maxwell, Brian Tracy, Zig Ziglar, Tony Robbins, Earl Nightingale, Napoleon Hill. All of these men started with absolutely nothing, and they learned that it was who they are and who they wanted to become and then what they did to get to be that person that changed and rocked their world.
The Garden of Life
In the garden of your life, are you tending to weeds or seeds? Every human being thinks about 60,000 thoughts per day. If we were to put them on a scale for you, and weigh them out, which end would weigh heavier, the weeds, or the seeds? The negatives or the positive thoughts? Earl Nightingale said “The ground will yield whatever we plant.” Henry Ford stated “If you believe you can, or if you believe you can't, you're right." Whatever a man sows, that also shall be reaped.
So what are the weeds in your life?
Rehearsing failures, problems, struggles, over and over and over. Remember I talked about the 21-30 days and making a change, well you sure can make a change if you want to rehearse the problems and the struggles for 21 days, that's where you are going.
Unforgiveness is like pouring a glass of poison to the person or organization that hurt you and then drinking it yourself. It will eat you alive on the inside and it will never accomplish what you want it to.
We have an epidemic proportion of entitlement in the nation today. It's a serious problem. “Me, me, ME!” Is that kind of thinking getting you anywhere? We need to take responsibility for ourselves and rise up and allow the greatness within us to come out.
Sometimes we get offended too easily. Then meditating on that over and over or just getting stuck in life. Get unstuck. I like what Jim Roan says, he says "You are not a tree, MOVE!"
Comparing doesn't make sense at all--each one of us has an entirely different construction in our brains; we all have very different mindsets. It isn't right to compare. There's nothing that you can compare to. You are an individual who is very unique and you've been called to incredibly great and amazing things. Things that will even shock you if you will allow your greatness to come out and follow these steps I'm giving you.
Again, universal best-seller of all time says without the vision, people perish. But you can't get out of this pit by trying not to think about these weeds. We have to replace them with seeds. It would be like me saying to you "Don't think about red monkeys.”
Let's replace these weeds.
Brush The Dust Off
Let go of things that have been eating you up. Forgive yourself and forgive others. Take responsibility for you.
Ignore The Critics
Adopt a coach or a mentor to hold you accountable. Here's a good fact for you, in your circle of influence, 25% of all those people love you. They are your fan club, and they will never leave your side. 25% like you, but they can be influenced to change their mind. 25% are pretty neutral. "Eh, she's a nice person. or He's a nice guy." And 25% hate your stinking guts and there's absolutely nothing you can do about it. If you can think about if from that perspective, it's a lot easier to just go through and not worry what everybody thinks all the time.
Give back. Again, going back to Zig Ziglar, "You can have anything in life you want if you help enough other people get what they want." I find that to be so true. Time and time again, give back.
Motivate Yourself To Grow Continually
Never stop motivating yourself. Never stop growing. Keep your vision and goals in front of you. I chose the picture on this slide because it's a bamboo tree. The Chinese bamboo, when you put it in the ground to grow, does absolutely nothing for five years. You have to water it, fertilize it, make sure it's getting enough sunlight, nurture and take care of it for five years and see absolutely nothing. But then, in that fifth year, it begins to sprout, and it can grow up to 90 feet within five-six weeks. That means you could stand there and watch it grow (literally).
Our lives and our businesses and goals that we want to reach are much the same. You just keep sowing and sowing and you never give up. I like what Les Brown says "it's not over until you win." So believe in you. Resolve to shut out all other voices- look for a mentor or a coach to believe with you and surround yourself with people who will encourage, build you up and lift you up and believe in you. It makes all the difference in the world. Cut off any relationships that are negative and dragging you back that are just wanting to gossip and talk about the negatives. Stay persistent. Resolve to keep pushing through all ups and downs until you win. Then the harvest arrives!
"Today, the greatest single source of wealth is between your ears." ~ Brian Tracy.
Make your decision to fight, educate, write, plan, persevere and win.
End of Part 3 of 3. Stay tuned for the FAQ session!