The 4 G's of Greatness | Jim Kwik

Michael Jordan is quoted as saying, 

"You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them."

And the great Zig Ziglar once said,

"You were designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seeds of greatness."

Both Jordan and Ziglar were giants in their field, and made positive contributions to society at large.  And quite frankly, I believe them.

But why then, do so many of us live dull, unfulfilling lives.  Why do so many of us work in jobs we hate?

And most importantly to me, why do 1 in 5 of us battle mental health issues?

I want to state at the outset here that I am FAR from perfect.  And I am by NO MEANS the poster child for success and achievement.

But speaking in general terms, I think we can all agree that as a society, and as individuals, we have a lot of room for improvement.

I believe that the root cause of mental illness can be traced back to a fundamental disconnect between the someone lives, and their true, passionate purpose in life.  For the vast majority of us, our childhood dreams and our adulthood realities are vastly different.

As we grew up, we learned to form limiting beliefs and succumbed to fear.

Fear can be explained by a powerful acronym:

F - false
E - evidence
A - appearing
R - real.

Fear is false evidence appearing as real.  And we let this false evidence dictate much of our lives.  We let it limit what we aspire to.  We let it limit what we choose to experience.

As a result, we develop a "comfort zone" that imprisons us.  We FEAR to go beyond our comfort zone because we are:

- afraid of failure
- afraid of success
- afraid of change

I'd like to discuss a quote by Jim Kwik, author of the book "Limitless" and brain coach to the rich and famous.  He states, "Failure is not an option.  Neither is success."

Now on the surface, that may seem like some rhetorical nonsense.  But I challenge you to scratch that surface and dig a little deeper.

Failure is not an option.  It is a certainty.  We need to stop being afraid of failure.  If you want to keep growing, you have to try new things, and you will fail from time to time. 

The key is that you must LEARN from your failures and move on.

Success is also not an option.  It is a necessity.  You must find your own success in life if you want to be happy, content, and fulfilled.  

Much of this boils down to the mindset that you choose to adopt.  And I really must stress this -- it is your choice to make.  You either make that choice consciously, or sub-consciously.

 Why not make that choice consciously, and change your life?

Here are the 4 G's of Greatness, according to Jim Kwik.  I have adapted it for this blog post.

Growth.  If you don't grow, you are dying.  It is that simple.  Spirits are either expanding and growing, or contracting and dying.  If you aren't trying new things, doing new activities and learning new skills, you are effectively shrinking.  Be sure to read every day!

Give.  You have to give of yourself in service to others.  

(Powerful combination:  be a grower-giver.  The more your grow, the more you can give!)

Grit.  Be up for hard times.  Face them head on.  Hard times can define you, diminish your, or develop you.  With perseverance you can use hard times to your advantage!

Gratitude.  Gratitude rewires your brain for positivity, peace of mind, and performance.

In your daily life, I challenge you to set goals and make plans in your agenda for:

Growth: create a reading list and make sure that you read every single day.

Give: set a goal for either volunteering (preferably) or donating to charity.  Mentor someone who could learn from your life experience.

Grit:  Set some non-negotiable goals in your daily routine.  Re-evaluate your priorities and re-assimilate them.

Gratitude:  at least once a week, reflect on what you are grateful for and express gratitude and appreciation.  You can keep a journal, or make a practice of thanking someone or expressing appreciation to someone.

Remember, “Medicority will never do.  You are capable of something better.” — Gordon B. Hinckley

“When you have had a taste of excellence, you cannot go back to mediocrity.” — Maximillian Degenerez.

Thomas Detert is a Certified High Performance Coach(TM), mental health blogger and advocate.  He is the founder of Defying Depression: an online self-help movement that encourages those suffering with anxiety and depression to learn how they can help themselves. 

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