travelYou 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!

keysThe 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:

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

 

hqdefaultI recently had an opportunity to speak to the Y Achievers at the Walzem YMCA in San Antonio, TX.  I spoke on how academics and athletics can complement each other & can help you be the best you can be.  We discuss the realities of athletics compared to the value of academics.  The kids were awesome!  Click here to view.