A lot of us have different ideas of what success is. Some see it as having a high paying job, a great family or being able to pick up and travel anywhere they want. These are all great aspirations. In my opinion, success is doing what you are really passionate about and making a positive impact on the world.
But how do we get there? What is the formula for creating a successful life?
One sure thing that helps create a successful life is to surround yourself with great people. People who are challenging themselves, working hard on their dreams and making the world a better place for everyone. These people will challenge you too, not just by the greatness they are producing in their own lives, but by giving you truth and real conversation. They are going to be the ones that build you up and call you out when you’re being a jerk. People who lack character and fervor will just lie to you because they don’t care enough to make the effort to tell you like it is; you don’t want people like that around you.
Now, it’s not up to others to make you great, it’s up to YOU. But, having an inner circle of champions is only going to help you that much more.Do you have to be surrounded by your great friends all the time? Of course not. A champion can spend time alone as well, in fact, it’s necessary. It gives you time relax, collect your thoughts, reflect and focus on your next goal. It’s just the hanging out with chickens part that’s a problem.
By all means, be kind and friendly with everyone, but don’t let apathetic and stagnant people influence you. That will surely drag you downhill. Then you might be thinking, “oh, I’m strong and people like that would never drag me down.” Well, it’s just like gravity, pulling someone down is easier, even if it’s a stronger person standing higher than a weaker person.
I challenge you to do a little life analysis and see what you have in your sphere of influence. If there is anything that drags you away from creating a successful and positive life, cut it out. And if it’s not challenging you and pushing you, you might want to rethink that too.
Being great requires that you push yourself past your limits. The comfort zone is not where you want to be all the time. If you keep doing the same easy, palatable things, you will never grow beyond where you are now.
If eagles stay on the ground with the chickens, they will see themselves as chickens and will never realize their potential to soar like they were born to.
Unrealized greatness is a tragedy.
The world needs you to soar and be great. Only more greatness will come from it.