3 bedrocks to achieving greatness

Written by Dorcas Solomon

Being great is no longer an option it’s a requirement

Achieving greatness as an individual or in a field is something I have always wondered about. Although there are many factors, looking through it carefully as an individual I have come to find that these 3 characteristics are some of the bedrocks to achieving greatness.

1) Diligence 

Whenever I think of the word diligence, this scripture: “Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your might…” comes to mind. Diligence is simply doing anything you find to the best of your ability. Be someone who is known for the quality of his or her work. It is important to do your best at your present position in life while working towards where you want to be. Sometimes we tend to think we will get prepared after we get that promotion or to that level we want, but the truth is we have to start preparing where we are, while waiting. Carry on as much responsibility as you can at a given time and be diligent with it. This will make room for you among “the greats. “

Diligence is also tied to growing. You can’t do or be the best at what you do without learning. I recently learned that research tells us 50% of people after they graduate from high school will never read an entire book the rest of their life. This is rather sad. Once we stop learning we become outdated and unimportant in our generation. Leaning should not be seen as a period of life but rather a way of life. Growth does not happen overnight, it has to be something we take responsibility and action for. We all have gifts, talents and potentials, but they have to be developed to show through.

No stage in life is insignificant. That job you have that may seem inconsequential is actually preparing you for that great position you aim for tomorrow. “Do you see a person skilled in their work, they will stand before kings and great men.” Proverbs 22:29. It is solely your responsibility to develop yourself, drop down all those imaginations of getting “saved.” Don’t let your present position or situation act as a hindrance to your growth.

How do we “grow”?

  • Have a plan – this will help give focus on what area you want to grow in. It should be something specific, simple, attainable, and most importantly measurable.
  • Be open. Knowledge can come from the most unlikely source.
  • Add to your knowledge daily – Through classes (There are classes available online to sharpen your skill and teach new ones.), books, news, and learn from mentors.
  • Spend your time wisely – Do things that will add value to your future and the person you want to become.
  • Associate with people who will inspire and motivate you.

What steps are you taking to get better?

2) Discipline

A source describes discipline as a way of behaving that shows a willingness to obey rules or orders. It  can also be seen as control gained by following set rules and regulations. Discipline breeds self-control. When a person is not disciplined, procrastination becomes his or her best friend. I had to consciously work on this personally, because I have come to find that even with passion, lack of discipline will cripple you. A self-disciplined person has the self-control to shut his or her computer and go to bed, or stop a TV show to read a book etc. It is important you know what to do at the right time and actually do it, regardless of how you feel. That’s the way to achieve goals.

Discipline is not automatic, but it’s something we can work on with intention.

How to build discipline:

  • Set specific and realistic goals
  • You can start with the littlest of things. Something as little as what you eat – deciding to be more healthy and sticking to it, choosing to be in bed at a set time and sticking to it.
  • Start slowly. If you try to do everything at once, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and give up
  • Stay focused.

Keep a personal promise to yourself today and begin to work on it.

3) Consistency

Consistent by definition is seen to be a person, behaviour or process unchanging in achievement or effect over a period of time. I see consistency as seeing anything through to the end, never “give up” attitude. You should be known as someone who finishes what they start, and not the other way around. Consistency is important in life, achieving goals, work, health, and weight. Consistency breeds perseverance.

Failure should never as an excuse to quite. “It’s is not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.”

How do we build consistency?

  • Repetition! Repetition! Repetition!
  • Learn to pull yourself up. There are times we fail or give up (we are humans) but never stay there, everyday is day one.
  • Stay motivated. Feed your mind with materials related to the area you are trying to be consistent at. Associate with people who are positive and have similar goals.

“Do it again and again. Consistency makes the raindrops to create holes in the rock. Whatever is difficult can be done easily with regular attendance, attention and action.”- Isrealmore Ayivor

POINTS: 

What steps are you taking to get better?

Keep a personal promise to yourself today and begin to work on it.

Whatever is difficult can be done easily with regular attendance, attention and action….Do it again and again