WARNING! DO NOT READ THIS ARTICLE--unless
you are tired of being average. This article is only for those few who
truly have a burning desire to be great. Winston Churchill said, "The
price of greatness is responsibility." Now, if you are serious, willing,
and committed to elevating yourself head and shoulders above the crowd,
here are the five keys that will make you G.R.E.A.T.
- Key One: You must be Goal-oriented.
- Key Two: You must be Results-oriented.
- Key Three: You must be Excellence-oriented.
- Key Four: You must be Action-oriented.
- Key Five: You must be Time-oriented.
Key One: You must be Goal-oriented.
The purpose of goals is to focus your attention, give your life
direction, and create activity. In order to be great you must be willing
to stretch and grow. That means setting goals in each of the seven major
areas of your life. What goals have you set for yourself in the
following areas: spiritual, family, physical, career, financial, mental,
and social. If you do not have goals set for each of the seven major
areas of your life, you will never achieve your full potential. It has
been said that goals serve as a stimulus to life. They tend to tap the
deeper resources and draw out of life its best. Where there are no
goals, neither will there be significant accomplishments. There will
only be existence. Once you have set your goals, life expects you to
Key Two: You must be Results-oriented.
You judge a tree by the fruit it bears, not the fruit it talks about.
David Kearns, chairman, Xerox said, "People who get ahead are those who
prove they can get things done." Now while you're busy getting things
done, make sure that you don't confuse activity for achievement. Yes, I
understand that results take time. However, keep in mind what Jim Rohn,
America's Foremost Business Philosopher, said, "Life asks us to make
measurable progress in reasonable time." At the end of each day, you
should be able to review your performance; and the results should either
commend you or convict you. Remember: It's not what you do but how much
you get done that counts. Also, don't let rules get in the way of
results; be willing to take some risks. Just make sure that you achieve
your results legally, morally, and ethically. Oh, yes, there's something
else. Results must be produced in the spirit of excellence.
Key Three: You must be Excellence-oriented.
It was Vincent Lombardi who said, "The quality of a person's life is
in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of
their chosen field of endeavor."
|Good enough is the enemy of excellence. It is no longer
good enough to meet the standards. It's time to exceed the standards and
in the process set new ones. You must reach for a level of excellence
where your name will become synonymous with what you do. For example: If
I were to ask, "What is the safest car in the world?" What would you
answer? My answer would be Volvo; did we agree? Out of all the cars in
the world today, we agreed that the safest one is Volvo--and it is!
That's what I mean by standard-setting excellence. And in order to
produce that type of excellence, you have to be a person of action.
Key Four: You must be Action-oriented.
"Is she a self-starter?" "Will he get the job done?" "Will she
follow-up and follow-through?" "Can he get results?" All these questions
have one purpose: To find out if the person is a person of action. Why?
Because as General George Patton said, "An active mind cannot exist in
an inactive body." There will always be a demand for an action-oriented
The following story illustrates the importance of taking action:
There once were four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and
Nobody. An important job had to be done, and Everybody was sure that
Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody's job. Everybody
thought Anybody could do it and that Somebody would do it. But Nobody
realized that Everybody thought Somebody would do it. It ended up that
Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.
Be the person who takes action and makes things happen. How? Glad you
asked. Prioritize your agenda and manage your time wisely.
Key Five: You must be Time-oriented.
How do you invest your time? Do you plan your work and work your
plan? Do you put first thing's first? Or do you major in minor things?
Do you let other people waste your time? Here's a great question for
you: What do you do when you don't have anything to do? Time is the one
resource that we all have in common, and it is how we choose to invest
our time that makes the profound differences in our lives. Great men and
women understand that time is their most valuable asset. It is the best
kept secret of the rich.
To better manage your time, keep in mind the following question: Is
what I'm doing or about to do getting me closer to my goal? If the
answer is yes, drive on. If the answer is no, stop and redirect your
efforts to accomplish your goal. We have all been destined to be great
at something. However, only a few will answer the call.
If you desire to become a G.R.E.A.T.
individual, remember to be Goal, Results, Excellence, Action, and
Time-oriented. These are the elements of true greatness.