Wow!! We are already half way through 2016. To think, just 6 months ago, many of us made New Year’s Resolutions, committing ourselves to some sort of improvement in our lives. Fast-forward to the present. Where do you stand with your goal or resolution? Were you able to stick with it? If so, I congratulate you on your dedication and persistence. On the flip side, however, is the cold reality that many of us have abandoned our resolutions. And know what? That’s ok.…….you are still on the path to accomplishing your goal! I want to encourage you to regroup and refocus. Remember, success is a process and not an event. In many cases, the process involves some stumbles, whether it is failure or losing focus. If you slipped up, the past is the past; it is what it is. Learn from it and apply it to the future. You can get back on track. It’s all good.
You are instructed to travel to New York City from your present location. What different modes of transportation can you use to get there? You could fly by airplane, drive a car, or ride a train or bus. You may use a combination of those forms of transportation. The amount of time and directions will likely be different for each form of transportation, yet, the bottom line is you can get to NYC.
This same principle applies to our lives. We all share the same destination: a desire to have success at something. It may be related to family, finances, relationships, etc. Even though we share the same destination (success), the path to reach that destination may be filled with delays, detours, and construction when compared to others who are traveling to the same destination. The great thing is, despite those obstacles, we can all reach the same destination. You have what you need to get there!
Click here to view a rap about chemistry I made in 2010 to help my students!
Training with the Power Scholars program I’m working with on the importance of having a growth mindset. We are not finished products! Click here for the video.
Today, I come wanting to share some good news with you:
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE PERFECT IN ORDER TO BE GREAT OR REACH YOUR GOAL! I think that is important to share because there are many times we quit or don’t even try because we feel we’re not perfect or have the perfect circumstances. Listen, we all make mistakes. Most of us have experienced deep disappointments, failures, or challenges. Luckily, we have opportunities to succeed in today’s world despite this. Sports is a great analogy for understanding that we do not need to be perfect in order to win or be great. Muhammad Ali, who recently past away, is considered by many as the greatest boxer of all time; yet, he wasn’t undefeated. He wasn’t considered a power puncher. Despite this, he is still viewed as the best ever. The NBA will crown a new champion in the next few days; whatever team wins the championship will have experienced losing during the glory of a championship season. Thank God perfection is not needed on the road to success; you only need to stay on the road!
The path to greatness seems to be a steep and, sometimes, lonely climb. Lately, I have been observing people who are successful in their fields; they have some traits in common. They seem to have 3 simple keys to greatness:
- Know your purpose or what you want. Contrary to what’s popular in society, discovering your true purpose can take years of soul searching. That’s ok. Trial and error will likely bring you to your purpose. What you want can change, but you need to have an idea of where you’re headed
- Tune out distractions. I hate to break the news to you, but there will be things that will happen along the way which will take you off your game. Some will be major, some will be minor. You may have to modify your plans. You also have tune out yourself. Sometimes we have negative thoughts or self-talk based on our experiences. We have to learn to counter these thoughts with positive affirmations.
- Continue to improve. Always look to sharpen or develop new skills. Read up on your goal or craft.
The keys to greatness are simple to remember, but take a lot of time and effort. Remember, success is a process, not an event!