Do you want to be great? “Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” ― William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
Do you want to be the best version of yourself? The road to greatness is not for the faint of heart.
People who are great have the confidence to want to become great in the first place. So if you don’t have that confidence, maybe you’ve been told a lie that we’ve been told over and over again.
Here’s the lie: hard work is all it takes to become great.
We’ve been sold the lie countless times through movies, books, and even by our parents. We’ve been told to put our heads down, to focus on our work. And then, after years of toiling, the magic starts to happen. Only after hard work can we feel good about ourselves. But here’s the big problem:
Hard work doesn’t always pay off.
When we work hard at something, all that happens is we get good at doing that thing. So if you’re counting pennies as a cashier at Walmart, you’ll be good at… counting pennies. And hey, you might even become the best at it. But is it the best version of yourself?
Here’s the dilemma: If people don’t LOVE what they are doing, they will become great at what they HATE.
When you truly study top performers in any field, what sets them apart is not their physical skill; it is how they control their minds.
In MKE week 22 we focused on the Science of Being Great. We were directed to start preparing our “Being Great Plan” according to the Science of Being Great.
To create that plan we were told to use the Formula for Greatness which is to:
: Connect yourself to the Principle of Power, : Prepare yourself (so we can perceive Truth), : Adopt the correct viewpoint (social and individual), : Consecration (make a declaration… dedicate to higher purpose) : Enter into the Certain Way – Have Gratitude, – Thought – Take Action
We were told to use the three simple Certain Way principles to becoming great:
FIRST PRINCIPLE of the ACTING IN CERTAIN WAY GRATITUDE Practice Deep, Continuous Gratitude
SECOND PRINCIPLE of the CERTAIN WAY THOUGHT: Thinking in a certain way
THIRD PRINCIPLE of the CERTAIN WAY ACTION/WILL: Acting in a certain way
We were told to use the 10 Greatness Way Process Steps which are: The Greatness Process = Definite Major Purpose + Positive Mental Attitude + A Written Plan of Action + Master Mind Alliance + Courage + Control + Luck x Hard Work
We were told to be great, you must master each of these 10 Steps
Step #1: Know Your Definite Major Purpose
Step #2: Have a Positive Mental Attitude-Embrace Fear of Failure
Step #3: Control Your Mind and Have a Written Plan of Action
Step #4: Use a Master Mind Alliance and Harness Your Systems
Step #5: Have Courage, Control Your Outcome and Expect Luck
Step #6: Assimilate Your Expectations
Step #7: Avoid Mental Handicapping
Step #8: Hustle, Don’t Excuse
Step #9: Be Great, Not Perfect
Step #10: Reframe Your Purpose
We were told if at anytime while reading this message you say to yourself the following: “I’ve heard this before.” Or “This won’t work for me.” Then it’s time to go back to step one. “Are you sure you really want to be great?”
We were told the 10 Biggest Roadblocks to Achieving Your Greatness Are
1. Greatness being lost because of fear of inadequacy
The first thing people fear is not being skilled enough. But there’s a solution: Once you admit that you are experiencing the fear of inadequacy, understanding is on its way. When you understand what your important role is in carrying out your pursuit to get great, you will begin to see what you need to do when first stepping out to tackle your fear of inadequacy.
2. Greatness being lost because of fear of uncertainty
The second fear is being afraid of the unknown. But there’s a fix to this holding you back as well. Anticipating what will happen in the future is a strength that can be developed, and it will help you take the first step when you experience the fear of uncertainty. Vision is what will keep you moving forward regardless of your fears. In whatever you do, anticipation and vision are both necessary ingredients to fight the fear of uncertainty to reach your greatness.
3. Greatness being lost because of fear of failure
This fear marks another reason why some fail to become great or succeed. “Even if you have already built a plan for your life of greatness, you can’t see the future. You can try to predict it all you want, but there are just some things outside of your control. That said, it’s a great practice to identify the things you can control in your journey and to focus on them. This will allow you to stop focusing on the life happenings you have no control over.
4. Greatness being lost because of fear of rejection
Fear of rejection is another common issue people face in life that prevents them from being great. If we devote every ounce of passion to our lives, then we are living life in the way it was meant to be live. Rejection will come, even when we find passion and put in the work, but we should be most satisfied with giving life’s greatness our all.
5. Greatness being lost because of fear of missing out
Missing out is another fear that’s crippling to a person’s success or greatness. You can tell if you are fearful of missing out if you are constantly wishing that you are somewhere other than where you are right now. The fear of missing out is a distraction from forming lasting greatness, because it keeps you focused on what every other person in the world is doing, rather than on the people right in front of you.
The solution: Instead of letting your fear of missing out put your focus on every other place in the world besides where you are right now, you can fight this fear by slowing down and focusing on the people or events you come in contact with every single day.
6. Greatness being lost because of fear of change
Fear of change is common. We must learn to be content with life’s shifts if we are to find inner peace and passion even when everything else is changing. Worrying about change ahead does nothing but rob us of the greatness we could and should be experiencing. Yes, life is ever-evolving. We need to prepare for the future, but this should also remind us of the need to take life’s greatness as it comes, one day at a time.
7. Greatness being lost because of fear of losing control
This fear is a little more complicated. It can be helpful, but only in moderation. There are key areas of life that we can and should control that leads to our greatness, like our self-perception, out thoughts and the words we speak. But as good as controlling our lives sounds, there are some things in life that are outside our control.
8. Greatness being lost because of fear of being judged
Feeling vulnerable, or available for attack from others, is the main reason people won’t open up in the first place to their greatness. In a true community, people aren’t vulnerable. They’re open, because people in a real community aren’t out to attack others in their community, but to support them.
Instead of being afraid about what others think embrace your personal story, because that is what makes you unique, and share it within your community. In fact, strive to create community wherever you are, and build confidence in yourself and the people around you while you’re at it.
9. Greatness being lost because of fear of something bad happening
Yes, tragedy comes, and nothing I say will ever diminish its magnitude, but even more powerful is the experience of restoration — the mountaintop after the experience of tragedy. If you are in the midst of tragedy, remember that restoration will eventually come. The anxiety that comes from worry doesn’t bring greatness or success into your life any faster. Fear be still, bravery come near.
10. Greatness being lost because of fear of getting hurt
The best way to fight the fear of getting hurt is to do life together and to get to know one another on deeper levels. Some will argue that building close relationships with others can only leave you hurt in the end, but living life without relationships sounds much more hurtful than never experiencing the beauty found in relationships. Fear is the number one obstacle you will face in life: The most difficult challenge you will ever be put to and the most important one to overcome.
Through these solutions anyone can fight these roadblocks to achieving greatness or success. We have no fear and no doubt that you can do it. And the best part is that you now have everything you need to be the bravest you and reach your greatness.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. -By Marianne Williamson
7 Things We Need to Know About Fear that May Prevent Our Greatness
1. Fear is healthy for your Greatness
Fear is hardwired in your brain, and for good reason: Neuroscientists have identified distinct networks that run from the depths of the limbic system all the way to the prefrontal cortex and back. When these networks are electrically or chemically stimulated, they produce fear, even in the absence of a fearful stimulus. Feeling fear is neither abnormal nor a sign of weakness: The capacity to be afraid is part of normal brain function. In fact, a lack of fear may be a sign of serious brain damage.
2. Fear comes in many shades for your Greatness
Fear is an inherently unpleasant experience that can range from mild to paralyzing—from anticipating the results of a medical checkup to hearing news of a deadly terrorist attack. Horrifying events can leave a permanent mark on your brain circuitry, which may require professional help. However, chronic stress, the low-intensity variety of fear expressed as free-floating anxiety, constant worry, and daily insecurity, can quietly but seriously harm your physical and mental health over time.
3. Fear is not as automatic as you think.
Fear is part instinct, part learned, part taught. Some fears are instinctive: Pain, for example, causes fear because of its implications for survival. Other fears are learned: We learn to be afraid of certain people, places, or situations because of negative associations and past experiences. A near-drowning incident, for example, may cause fear each time you get close to a body of water. Other fears are taught: Cultural norms often dictate whether something should be feared or not. Think, for example, about how certain social groups are feared and persecuted because of a societally-created impression that they are dangerous.
4. You don’t need to be in danger to be scared.
Fear is also partly imagined, and so it can arise in the absence of something scary. In fact, because our brains are so efficient, we begin to fear a range of stimuli that are not scary (conditioned fear) or not even present (anticipatory anxiety). We get scared because of what we imagine could happen. Some neuroscientists claim that humans are the most fearful creatures on the planet because of our ability to learn, think, and create fear in our minds. But this low-grade, objectless fear can turn into chronic anxiety about nothing specific, and become debilitating.
5. The more scared you feel, the scarier things will seem.
Through a process called potentiation, your fear response is amplified if you are already in a state of fear. When you are primed for fear, even harmless events seem scary. If you are watching a documentary about venomous spiders, a tickle on your neck caused by, say, a loose thread in your sweater will startle you and make you jump out of your seat in terror. If you are afraid of flying, even the slightest turbulence will push your blood pressure through the roof of the plane. And the more worried you are about your job security, the more you will sweat it when your boss calls you in for even an uneventful meeting.
6. Fear dictates the actions you take for your Greatness
Actions motivated by fear fall into four types freeze, fight, flight, or fright fear. Freeze means you stop what you are doing and focus on the fearful stimulus to decide what to do next (you read a memo that your company will be laying off people). Next, you choose either fight or flight. You decide whether to deal with the threat directly (tell your boss why you shouldn’t be laid off) or work around it (start looking for another job). When the fear is overwhelming, you experience fright: You neither fight nor flee; in fact, you do nothing—well, you obsess about the layoffs, ruminate, and complain, but you take no action. Being continuously in fright mode can lead to hopelessness and depression.
7. The more real the threat, the more heroic your actions for your Greatness.
We react differently to real and imagined threats. Imagined threats cause paralysis. Being scared about all the bad things that may or may not happen in the future makes you worry a lot but take little action. You are stuck in a state of fear, overwhelmed but not knowing what to do. Real threats, on the other hand, cause frenzy. When the threat is imminent and identifiable, you jump to action immediately and without flinching. This is why people are much more likely to change their eating habits after a serious health scare (e.g., a heart attack) than after just reading statistics about the deleterious effect of a diet based on fried foods. If you want to mobilize your troops, you have to put yourself in danger.
Fear can be as much an ally, as it can be an enemy. And fear of fear can keep you locked in a cage of insecurity. How do you overcome it? You learn to leverage it.
Science of Being Great Summarized and Explained by Wallace D. Wattles to Be Great!
ALL men are made of the one intelligent substance, and therefore all contain the same essential powers and possibilities. Greatness is equally inherent in all, and may be manifested by all. Every person may become great. Every constituent of God is a constituent of man.
Man may overcome both heredity and circumstances by exercising the inherent creative power of the soul. If he is to become great, the soul must act, and must rule the mind and the body.
Man’s knowledge is limited, and he falls into error through ignorance; to avoid this he must connect his soul with Universal Spirit. Universal Spirit is the intelligent substance from which all things come; it is in and through all things. All things are known to this universal mind, and man can so unite himself with it as to enter into all knowledge.
- To do this man must cast out of himself everything that separates him from God. He must will to live the divine life, and he must rise above all moral temptations; he must forsake every course of action that is not in accord with his highest ideals.
2. He must reach the right viewpoint, recognizing that God is all, in all, and that there is nothing wrong.
3. He must see that nature, society, government, and industry are perfect in their present stage, and advancing toward completion; and that all men and women everywhere are good and perfect.
4. He must know that all is right with the world, and unite with God for the completion of the perfect work. It is only as man sees God as the Great Advancing Presence in all, and good in all that he can rise to real greatness.
5. He must consecrate himself to the service of the highest that is within himself, obeying the voice of the soul. There is an Inner Light in every man that continuously impels him toward the highest, and he must be guided by this light if he would become great.
6. He must recognize the fact that he is one with the Father, and consciously affirm this unity for himself and for all others.
7. He must know himself to be a god among gods, and act accordingly.
8. He must have absolute faith in his own perceptions of truth, and begin at home to act upon these perceptions. As he sees the true and right course in small things, he must take that course.
9. He must cease to act unthinkingly, and begin to think; and
10. He must be sincere in his thought.
11. He must form a mental conception of himself at the highest, and hold this conception until it is his habitual thought-form of himself. This thought-form he must keep continuously in view.
12. He must outwardly realize and express that thought-form in his actions.
13. He must do everything that he does in a great way. In dealing with his family, his neighbors, acquaintances, and friends, he must make every act an expression of his ideal.
14. The man who reaches the right viewpoint and makes full consecration, and who fully idealizes himself as great, and who makes every act, however trivial, an expression of the ideal, has already attained to greatness. Everything he does will be done in a great way.
He will make himself known, and will be recognized as a personality of power. He will receive knowledge by inspiration, and will know all that he needs to know.
He will receive all the material wealth he forms in his thoughts, and will not lack for any good thing. He will be given ability to deal with any combination of circumstances that may arise, and his growth and progress will be continuous and rapid.
Great works will seek him out, and all men will delight to do him honor.
Because of its peculiar value to the student of the Science of Being Great, I close this book by giving a portion of Emerson’s essay on the “Oversoul.” This great essay is fundamental, showing the foundation principles of monism and the science of greatness. I recommend the student to study it most carefully in connection with this book.
What is the universal sense of want and ignorance, but the fine innuendo by which the great soul makes its enormous claim?
Why do men feel that the natural history of man has never been written, but always he is leaving behind what you have said of him, and it becomes old, and books of metaphysics worthless?
The philosophy of six thousand years has not searched the chambers and magazines of the soul. In its experiments there has always remained, in the last analysis, a residuum it could not resolve. Man is a stream whose source is hidden.
Always our being is descending into us from we know not whence. The most exact calculator has no prescience that somewhat incalculable may not balk the very next moment. I am constrained every moment to acknowledge a higher origin for events than the will I call mine.
As with events, so it is with thoughts. When I watch that flowing river, which, out of regions I see not, pours for a season its streams into me, -I see that I am a pensioner, not a cause, but a surprised spectator of this ethereal water; that I desire and look up, and put myself in the attitude for reception, but from some alien energy the visions come.
The Supreme Critic on all the errors of the past and present, and the only prophet of that which must be, is that great nature in which we rest, as the earth lies in the soft arms of the atmosphere; that Unity, that Oversoul, with which every man’s particular being is contained and made one with all other; that common heart, of which all sincere conversation is the worship, to which all right action is submission; that overpowering reality which confutes our tricks and talents, and constrains everyone to pass for what he is, and to speak from his character and not from his tongue; and which evermore tends and aims to pass into our thought and hand, and become wisdom, and virtue, and power, and beauty. We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles.
Meantime within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty, to which every part and particle is equally related, the eternal One. And this deep power in which we exist, and whose beatitude is all-accessible to us, is not only self- sufficing and perfect in every hour, but the act of seeing, and the thing seen, the seer and the spectacle, the subject and the object, are one.
We see the world piece by piece, as the sun, the moon, the animal, the tree; but the whole, of which these are the shining parts, is the soul.
It is only by the vision of that Wisdom, that the horoscope of the ages can be read, and it is only by falling back on our better thoughts, by yielding to the spirit of prophecy which is innate in every man, that we know what it saith.
Every mans words, who speaks from that life, must sound vain to those who do not dwell in the same thought on their own part. I dare not speak for it. My words do not carry its august sense; they fall short and cold. Only itself can inspire whom it will, and behold! Their speech shall be lyrical and sweet, and universal as the rising of the wind.
Yet I desire, even by profane words, if sacred I may not use, to indicate the heaven of this deity, and to report what hints I have collected of the transcendent simplicity and energy of the Highest Law.
If we consider what happens in conversation, in reveries, in remorse, in times of passion, in surprises, in the instruction of dreams wherein often we see ourselves in masquerade, the droll disguises only magnifying and enhancing a real element, and forcing it on our distinct notice, we shall catch many hints that will broaden and lighten into knowledge of the secret of nature.
All goes to show that the soul in man is not an organ, but animates and exercises all the organs; is not a function, like the power of memory, of calculation, of comparison, but uses these as hands and feet; is not a faculty, but a light; is not the intellect or the will, but the master of the intellect and the will; is the vast background of our being, in which they lie, an immensity not possessed and that cannot be possessed.
From within or from behind, a light shines through us upon things, and makes us aware that we are nothing, but the light is all.
A man is the facade of a temple wherein all wisdom and all good abide. What we commonly call man, the eating, drinking, planting, counting man, does not, as we know him, represent himself, but misrepresents himself.
Him we do not respect, but the soul, whose organ he is, would he let it appear through his action, would make our knees bend. When it breathes through his intellect, it is genius; when it flows through his affection it is love.
After its own law and not by arithmetic is the rate of its progress to be computed. The soul’s advances are not made by gradation, such as can be represented by motion in a straight line; but rather by ascension of state, such as can be represented by metamorphosis,-from the egg to the worm, from the worm to the fly.
The growths of genius are of a certain total character, that does not advance the elect individual first over John, then Adam, then Richard, and give to each the pain of discovered inferiority, but by every throe of growth the man expands there where he works, passing, at each pulsation, classes, populations of men.
With each divine impulse the mind rends the thin rinds of the visible and finite, and comes out into eternity, and inspires and expires its air.
This is the law of moral and of mental gain.
The simple rise, as by specific levity, not into a particular virtue, but into the region of all the virtues. They are in the spirit that contains them all. The soul is superior to all the particulars of merit. The soul requires purity, but purity is not it; requires justice, but justice is not that; requires beneficence, but is somewhat better; so that there is a kind of descent and accommodation felt when we leave speaking of moral nature, to urge a virtue which it en joins.
For, to the soul in her pure action, all the virtues are natural, and not painfully acquired. Speak to his heart and the man becomes suddenly virtuous. Within the same sentiment is the germ of intellectual growth, which obeys the same law.
Those who are capable of humility, of justice, of love, of aspiration, are already on a platform that commands the sciences and arts, speech and poetry, action and grace.
For whoso dwells in this mortal beatitude, does already anticipate those special powers which men prize so highly; just as love does justice to all the gifts of the object beloved.
The lover has no talent, no skill, which passes for quite nothing with his enamored maiden, however little she may possess of related faculty.
And the heart that abandons itself to the Supreme Mind finds itself related to all its works and will travel a royal road to particular knowledge and powers.
For, in ascending to this primary and aboriginal sentiment, we have come from our remote station on the circumference instantaneously to the center of the world, where, as in the closet of God, we see causes, and anticipate the universe, which is but a slow effect.
The moment you move toward greatness you will have to take steps away from familiarity. You will learn quickly not everybody wants the same things in life. Also, you will discover that some people are not willing to leave the path of convenience to get on the path to change. You should read The Science Of Being Great Book: beinggreat.pdf (theangelwhispers.org)
Go out and day dream. Go out and believe, imagine already living your dreams and goals of greatness. With enough repetition, you become certain that this is the only outcome and you work backwards to find ways for making it happen.
To make your life great, imagine it so. Imagine how your life will be different and better once you initiate change in your life. Anticipate the joy, the excitement, and the empowerment that comes from being a leader in your own life. Begin with small steps, but take action.There are no microwave miracles in successful life changes.
Remember to Create Lasting Change in Your Life for greatness you must 1. Assess how things are now. 2. Accept yourself as you are. 3. Take responsibility. 4. Identify what you want to change. 5. Commit to making that change. 6. Educate yourself. 7. Set goals. 8. Take action toward your goals. 9. Have compassion for yourself. 10. Take time to reflect. 11. Do these things daily, weekly, monthly and annually.
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