Today’s guest blogger is Bill Moyer. Join us on this journey every week as guest bloggers share their thoughts on what they believe makes a Gr8 leader.
Have you ever wondered why some people are more successful than others? Why some people are able to achieve greatness in their lives and do the things that they want to do? Have you ever wondered why so many other people seem to always be stuck in the same old rut, doing the same old thing, day after day and never really get any joy or satisfaction or growth out of their lives?
After working with thousands of people over the last 30 years, I have found that there are several magic ingredients for personal greatness. As I list each of these, I want you to rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 in terms of how much of each of these magic ingredients you currently have in your life. Be absolutely honest with yourself.
Magic ingredient #1 to be a GR8 leader is: Happiness. This means that you have an attitude and life experience that says I am happy with myself and my life. I am free from stress, guilt, anger, depression, and any other negative emotions.
Magic ingredient #2: Great Relationships. This means that you have friends in your life that you can freely share your innermost thoughts and feelings with. They are the special relationships where you can totally be yourself. There’s no need to put on false pretense, no need for masks. You can totally be who you are. It is a fact that the people we associate with can bring use a great sense of joy as well as deep sorrow. The most successful people are the ones who have cultivated the ability of building positive, loving, and supportive relationships.
Magic ingredient #3: Great Connections. This means that you have a great group of people that you just feel terrific being around. These people are part of your winning team. They support you in the pursuit of common goals and dreams. You help each other grow. They might be family members, friends, people you work with, or just other people that you share similar goals, dreams, and desires with.
Magic ingredient #4: Great Energy. This mean that you have vibrant health, high-energy, and a sense of physical and spiritual wellness. You practice good health habits, eat healthy foods, get enough rest and relaxation, and minimize the stress in your life.
Magic ingredient #5: Great Confidence. This means that you know who you are. You know with absolute clarity what you believe in. You know what your life stands for. You see yourself as a valuable and worthy person.
Magic ingredient #6: Great Optimism. This means that you are a positive person who looks on the bright side of every situation. You expect good things to happen in your life, including your career, your finances, your health, and your relationships. You have great faith and hope that things will always work out for the best. The fact is that optimistic people are healthier, happier, wealthier, and they get along better with others in general. On a psychological level, pessimism has been linked to weakening of the immune system. Pessimistic people tend to get sick more often and have more serious ailments while positive people get sick less often and when they do get sick they recover faster. How optimistic are you? When bad things happen do you tend to look for the lessons learned or do you focus on the problem? Are you an optimist who looks for practical solutions or do you look for someone or something else to blame? What are your expectations? Do you expect good things to happen or do you always dread the worst?
Magic ingredient #7: Great Sense of Purpose. This means that you know what your calling and purpose is in your life. You are on a grand mission to accomplish that purpose. You set goals in writing and every day are taking action in the direction of your highest aspirations. You know that you are in charge of your life and are responsible for creating your own success.
Magic ingredient #8: Great Resilience. Resilience means you have the attitude that when problems and adversities and setbacks come your way, you know you can handle anything that life throws at you. In the face of these challenges, you continue to persist until you succeed. You don’t quit or give up too soon. GR8 leaders handle relationship problems, financial crisis, health problems, or any other major struggle in their life and bounce back. They do this even when things are at their worst by focusing on the positive outcome and knowing that this too shall pass. Each of us has an untapped reservoir of strength and power. Knowing what lies ahead of you is nothing compared to what lies within you. You know that you can overcome any challenge that life throws at you.
Magic ingredient #9: Great Mastery. Gr8 leaders develop all of their skills, talents, and abilities. They see these as gifts and have a sense of obligation to fully develop them. They find those things where they can be at their most creative self. They love their work and know that they’re great at what they do .They discover these areas of excellence and they work at them until they achieve that level of mastery that only comes when you are sold out to a process of lifelong learning.
Magic ingredient 10: Great Financial Freedom. Let’s be truthful, money is and always will be an emotionally charged subject for some people. How much money they earn is their only measure of success. The negative consequence of this approach is that no matter how much money you make you’re never really satisfied. You allow money to master you and become a slave to it. This is a scarcity mentality.
Many other people take the extreme opposite attitude. They believe money is the root of all evil, that money corrupts, and that those who have money and power can’t be trusted. This is a poverty mentality. These people believe that it’s a virtue to be poor. The irony of this is that many of them go through life criticizing those who do have the money and they subconsciously envy and resent the wealthy. In the United States where our standard of living is relatively, high most of us live between these two extreme attitudes. Most of us like to have more money and enjoy more of the good things that money can buy but the majority of us because we’re not starving or homeless, don’t take the necessary actions to secure our financial future until sometimes it’s too late. In this great land of opportunity that we live in, the fact is that all wealth creation begins in your mind. Prosperity and poverty are states of mind. GR8 leaders live debt free, share their abundance with others, enjoy without guilt their many blessings because they are good stewards.
So, how did you do?
Are you on the path to becoming a GR8 leader?
What areas do you need to focus on today?
Start with 1 and begin today to live the GR8 life.