Overwhelmed By Greatness.
There are moments when the opportunity for greatness becomes overwhelming. The mission, our purpose, and the effort demanded collide with an emotional intensity that stuns you to the core.
Our natural reaction is to be overcome by the enormity of the challenges in front of us.
To run from what frightens us most.
To excuse away the opportunity with a righteous explanation of logic, experience, and the odds.
Instead of welcoming the challenge with the anticipation of a champion, we wallow in the self-pity and worry of under-performance.
And greatness goes undone. An opportunity for greatness goes un-conquested.
We stop ourselves for no good reason.
What holds us back is not our distaste for greatness or our inability to achieve it. What stops us from venturing down the path less traveled is not knowing where the trail will end. Not knowing what will happen along the way.
It is our fear of the unknown that cripples us. A fantasy of fear and worst-case disillusion that clouds our ability to see the conquest for what it is.
We create the obstacles we pretend are the reason for our limitations. We conjure with mystic precision the antagonism that we explain as forewarning of failure.
Because greatness scares us.
The idea of doing something truly amazing staggers us. The cost. The dedication.
We are frightened at the effort demanded.
And what we miss is the simplest of insights. That greatness is simply in taking the next step.
Again and again and again.
Greatness is each of your steps along the way. Each step through.
And a step is easier than a journey.
When you look at success with eyes wide open you begin to see it for what it is.
One foot in front of the last.
There is no fear except that which we create for ourselves. There is no danger only that which we run from.
- Just because you think you can't doesn't mean you won't.
- Just because it's hard doesn't mean it's not worth it.
- Just because they think you're wrong doesn't mean you shouldn't.
It's your decision to be amazing.
Greatness isn't an idea or a goal or a status symbol.
It is an attitude. It's how you live your life.
It's an awareness that you're flawed and fragile. An understanding that despite your best intentions, you won't always get it right. An integrity that demands you keep trying.
You will take the next step.
The world is full enough of good executives at good companies doing good things in good ways.
What will change the world is greatness from you and from those you lead.
You need not be overwhelmed by the challenges that greatness demands. You merely need to take the next step down a path.
Along the way greatness will find you.