"If you don't control your destiny, something or someone else will."
That's a statement that is constantly running through my mind. It's one of those thoughts that you literally feel. You know this "provoking feeling", the type of thought that really makes you think.
When it first came to mind, I remember asking myself, "Am I controlling my destiny?" (This is a GREAT question to ask yourself!) This question began the process of identifying the areas that I was not controlling in my life.
Now, granted, we can't control everything in our lives. However, we have to continue to exercise the serenity prayer in order to be at our most effective state:
"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, give me the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
Let's focus on having the courage to change the things we can change. Without fully harnessing this ability we'll find ourselves being taken advantage of by various factors including fear, doubt, and many other hindrances. Many people our living below their potential simply because they're not owning their greatness. They're doing things that they don't enjoy, dissatisfied with their current situation, and wondering if this is all life has to offer. There is more to life than just "living on the surface". We each have the ability to elevate into higher heights in our life, but it requires us to own our greatness.
Listed below are a few areas to help you own your greatness:
TAKE BACK CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE
Like I stated before, you may not be able to control everything that happens to you, but you can always control the way that you respond. How do you respond to misfortune or unforeseen events? Is it at these moments that the sky seems to fall in your life? How do you respond to rejection? Do you get discouraged to the point that you want to give up on your mission? Those that succeed respond with the vision in mind. When they are rejected they figure out a way to find their "YES". When the uncertain happens they find a way to adapt to the situation so that it works in their favor. Think about this quote from Bruce Lee, I've learned to live my life true to these words:
"Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless-like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend."
BECOME 100% RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OUTCOMES
I have grown to realize that if you put your success in someone else's hands...you are sure to be left disappointed. We can't expect others to work harder for our dreams than we are willing to work for them ourselves. Our actions have to be as big as our goals in life. If the lion doesn't go for and pursue the gazelle it's going to have an unfulfilled appetite.
GET GREAT AT WHAT YOU'RE GOOD AT
Many people never seize and own their greatness because they're not operating in their element or they're spending too much time doing things where they're not naturally strengthened. You don't have to fix your weaknesses. Trying to is a loss battle. The key is to manage these weaknesses so that they don't interfere with you giving your best in where you're skilled. Find your unique ability and continue to master it. Develop a system of conditioned excellence and your greatness will radiate from your efforts.
HAVE AN EXPECTATION NOT A SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT
An expectation is announcing, "I have something that I want in life and I am willing to work relentlessly in order to obtain it. A sense of entitlement is announcing, " I have something that I want in life and I'm waiting for the world to give it to me." In order to own your greatness, you have to lose the idea of thinking the world owes you something, it's actually the other way around. The world is waiting for you to make a contribution and it's made by you delivering on the expectation of your dreams.
These are just a few areas that will help you own your greatness. Remember, it's going to take courage to continue to excel in these areas. I make a declaration every morning to help me develop the ability to continue to master these areas. You may find it beneficial. I simply say out loud:
"I will have the courage to own the responsibility of my greatness."
Saying this simply reminds me that I have to be bold and daring to live the life that I imagine. Let's both continue to own our greatness. Let's elevate!