Your Greatness is Unique
Your greatness is unique and reveals itself at the right time. You might aswell be excellent until you're great. But first, understand what this means.What your greatness is will be unique, so it's a waste of time and energyto compare yourself to others. What your greatness is may appear small;but to those it matters to (especially you), it's anything but small or insignificant. Are the entertaining books of an author such as JanetEvanovich less great than the work of a heart surgeon? No; just different.I can tell you that the many episodes of toes-up laughter I experiencedwhen I read her novel, "Plum Lovin'," did my heart, mind, and moodtremendous benefit. I'm grateful she discovered and lives her greatnessin a way that lets me benefit from it.Do you have a green thumb that produces fruits, vegetables, or flowersthat nurture others in a meaningful way for them? Do you have a gift for encouraging young children's minds and self-esteem? Are you afrustrated Thomas Edison type? A great quote of his is, "I had to succeedbecause I finally ran out of things that wouldn't work." That's passionatecommitment! One thing is certain: Whatever greatness is, it always leadsby example. There are numerous levels of examples, including thesimple art of how to enjoy life (which so many struggle with) even if younever perform a heart transplant or write a best-seller.Maybe you haven't identified what you're great at yet. It's the thing youlove most to do or feel most alive or fulfilled when you do it, no matter what form it takes in the world. And as with anything, you start at thebeginning and expand, enhance, develop, and grow into your greatness.You don't start at the end result.Greatness, though, is not only about what you do, it's about who you areat your core of being. Do you seek to learn about and understandyourself and others? Do you deliberately nurture self-love and, therefore,love of others? Are you kind, compassionate, empathetic, friendly, of service in ways appropriate for you? Are you self-assessing and self-adjusting?Until you get clear or in alignment with your inner and outer greatness,be excellent; and please, avoid perfectionism (I have never met an easy-going perfectionist). Release the definition of excellence used by othersand aim for your personal best. Your personal best will be different fromday to day. But you can ask yourself, "What would my best look like rightnow?" and "Do I feel I did the best I could at the time?"Greatness appears early for some and later in life for others. There areindividuals who amass experiences or overcome challenges until the dayarrives when they are clear about what their greatness is: that which theyhave head-and-heart alignment about and a passionate commitment for.If you feel you're not living your greatness at this time, ask: Am I buildingmy skills so that I'll be ready when it's time? Do I know what I really wantto do but hesitate because of what others might think? Am I waiting untilit's too painful not to do it?Until you know what your greatness is, or choose it, explore whatexcellence means for you. You won't be bored.