In the bible, one day, one of the Jesus disciple came to Him and asked Him, master, how can we achieve personal greatness? That is the secret of achieving wealth and fortune? For example, how to achieve great power, great influence, great self esteem, great achievement, great recognition and great success. Here His formula for achieving personal greatness. Jesus said to him, if any of you desired to achieve personal greatness that person must find a way to serve the many, for service to many leads to greatness, for those of you who are interested. Some people are not interested, but the idea and information is this page is for those who are interested to achieve personal greatness. Now, a lot of people would like to serve the many but they don’t know the way out, or how to go about it. Greatness is being able to help people solve their personal problems without making them think lesser of themselves. It’s up to you to know if you’re ready to become great and successful in any field of your choice or not. My aim of writing this post is to help people discover how they can develop a way to serve the many. The post is going to be a long one, but if you can scarifies your time to read and digest the information here, it worth it.
The path to greatness consists of having a strong and genuine desire, a good purpose, and also having good people, company, mentor, personal coach, teachers, etc. along the way. People who will help you endure as you walk through life for greatness. It’s a lifelong habit, because the process will help you bring out the greatness in you and in lives of others. Greatness is like being a sponsor, helping someone crossing the bridge from darkness to light. Greatness is helping someone from skeptic to faith, from not knowing to knowing, from not have having confidence to having strong confidence and self esteem. You stand as a bridge helping people transforming their lives. Greatness is about being a person who exerts a positive influence on others and at the same time can become a truly noble and extraordinary person in all walks of life.
When you know what you want, and want it bad enough, you will find a way to get it. Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness – great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation, and great joy. “Jim Rohn”
If you truly want to unlock your potential for greatness that lies within you, you may have to make some changes in the way you think. Perhaps the first change needs to be in the way you think about personal greatness.
It makes one a bit uncomfortable to tell someone that i can be great. Personal greatness is not about your believing you can achieve superiority over others. It is not about developing an egoistic, proud attitude of oneself. It is not about being better than other people around us. Personal greatness is about you becoming foundationally great and great in the eyes of others, so that they too may be influenced to be more than they would be without you in their lives.
We seem to use the term “great” all the time. We talk about great friends and the great times we share with them. We talk about the great teachers we have had over the years and how they influenced our lives. We talk about great religious leaders who have built us spiritually. We talk about great books we have read, great movies we have seen, great songs we have heard, great things we have experienced, great lessons we have learned.
The idea of greatness is common to us and we use it to describe people and things that have had a positive influence in our lives. Many, if not most people believe deep down inside that they can be great. There is a small voice continually telling them they can be something special. It is the inner greatness, the inner desire to be one’s best that is at the heart of personal greatness.
Personal greatness has nothing to do with being exceptionally intelligent, rich, famous or politically successful. It is about being a person who exerts positive influence on others. Therefore personal greatness is a matter of unlocking your potential and using your potential in such a way that it overflows into other peoples’ lives to generate positive results. Take a step towards the day when other people will call you great because of the wonderful things you have helped others unlock in their lives.
Take care of yourself before helping others
One of my favorite buddhist principles is the need to take care of yourself before you help others. In Buddhism, when you practice “metta” meditation, you always begin with yourself. You say “May I be happy. May I be free from Anger, hatred, animosity, resentment, and ill will. May I experience real peace, real happiness, and real love.” After you have done this, THEN you can move on to saying the same for friends, family, and eventually strangers and all living creatures. It seems inherently selfish to begin with yourself — but this is an important principle in life.
Before I can help other people succeed, I need to take care of my own inner self. I need to make sure that I am in a good mental state. Only then, once I am in a good place, should I try to help others. Put yourself in a loving mindset first, and then deal with other people.
Applying to Personal Life
I love how this principle applies to work, business, relationships and more. It’s helped illuminate where I’m going wrong, and notice when others do it as well. For example, many of us prioritize our responsibilities to work before taking care of ourselves. We wake up every morning and get to work to help other people or our employers to achieve their personal goals without giving ourselves time for ourselves! Then we get to work and immediately focus on the needs of the people around us. No wonder why frustrations arise! We haven’t taken care of our own minds yet, and now we’re trying to deal with each other!? We move through our day prioritizing the needs of others before our own.
In relationships we sacrifice for our partners without considering our own needs. We feel reluctant to ask for space, when in reality space might be exactly what we need for a healthy relationship.
I believe that this is also especially important if you are running your own business. If you haven’t reached financial stability on your own yet, please don’t hire people. Don’t pay others a salary until you can afford to give yourself one. Pay yourself before you pay others, and if you can’t, or you’re too busy because you can’t, then try a different business. Don’t go into debt for a business that probably won’t work.
Only once you have accomplished this freedom do you have the time, energy, and resources needed to go out and help other people. If you want to make an impact on the world, go earn financial freedom, and then focus your energy on helping others. Remain patient. You don’t need to make your impact in your 20’s — it’s perfectly fine to give back from 30–60 when you have a solid financial foundation and have the ability to actually help people.
Most people will never be leaders of a large company or become world champions. Most people will not play on the world stage in a leadership capacity. But the average person, every person can be a leader of himself and those within his immediate circle – the family, friends and colleagues.
Every person has personal potential and the privilege of influencing others. Every person will encounter thousands of people over a life time and will have the opportunity to impact their lives in some way. Every person will have opportunities to inspire or motivate others to pursue their own personal potential and their passions for the fullness of life.
We often are under a false impression that our potential is static but potential is an unfolding concept. The more we exercise the talents and qualities we were given at birth, the greater the potential for further discovering and developing our talents and skills. There is no END or arrival point to our potential. From our own limited experience we know how we grow in awareness about forests and plains, of nature’s beauty from the hills and mountain tops. Our awareness becomes even vaster, more compelling, more exhilarating as it beckons you further.
Potential will result in fostering these desires. The more you see, the more you will want to see, the more you do, the more you will want to do, the more you discover you are capable of accomplishing, the more you will want to accomplish. ..And the more you learn, the more you will want to learn. You will realize that the more you succeed in one area of your life, the more you will want to succeed in all other areas of your life.
You Can Start From Your Strength or Talent
You don’t have to be the best at everything. You can still put yourself out there. You can still make a contribution. You can still give something of value to people. How do you know if what you have to share has value? Share it first, and you’ll soon find out. If it provides value, people will tell you. If it doesn’t, people will usually ignore you. As long as you’re getting ignored, keep experimenting by trying to provide value in new and unique ways. Maybe you have a sweet voice and would be better at podcasting than blogging. Or perhaps video would be a better outlet for your creativity. The only limits are in your thinking.
When I lunched my first blog website in, 2015 (www.selfdiscoverying.com), which is now closed, it was largely ignored. It took me one year to develop it, but nobody cared. My next online business was Fast Links Bulk SMS where I resell Bulk SMS from xwireless.net, it generates an average income of N20, 000 every month, but it was still basically a flop. I still make money from my online Bulk SMS till today. I tried different marketing styles and different strategies to get clients from social media to do business with me. It took about seven years of trial and error to align and develop my online business skills with creating value for others.
Seven years may seem like a long time for some people, but remember, I was coming from a place of knowing virtually nothing about how to run a personal online business when I started. It took a long time to calibrate my skill set to market realities. In the beginning I was trying to create a product to sell, something that would make me money. But right now, I focused on offering and transforming my businesses the way that will get people to love the services I provide for them. That is a huge difference in mindset.
As I lunched Arts of Exceptional Life, I’m strongly focusing all my strength and energy on providing value to others much more quickly because I’ve developed my skills to leverage the internet. It can take me three to five hours or the whole day depending on the topic to write a post and it would be read by thousands of people who I don’t know personally. But I’m creating values for someone. I’m focusing on the service side. After some months of blogging I will figured out how to use my skills to give people what they need and want. Right now, the most important result to track isn’t how many visitors my website is getting or how much money I’m making from it right. Rather, I’m figuring out whether I’m actually making a difference in people’s lives.
Are you helping people? Are you providing strong value? If you’re providing genuine value, time and referrals will take care of most of your other key metrics. When your business model is no longer fed by sufficient demand, you can always switch to doing something else. But if there’s one thing humanity needs right now, it’s for more of us to step it up and embrace our true potential instead of settling for the limited roles assigned by our social conditioning. In our current environment, there’s still plenty of room for more people to start businesses based on helping and encouraging others to grow. We’re a long way from being over-saturated in this area.
Helping others: it’s a fundamental part of humanity, bonding together and helping a fellow man or woman. In times of tragedy, the stories of those who help others are inspiring, such as helping the nation recover from national disasters and terrorist attacks. Some men and women even devote their lives to helping others, from the police force that protects our cities, to the fire departments who run into burning buildings, to the service men and women who risk their lives for the common good.
Make a conscious decision to help someone today; you don’t know how your strengths, talents, gifts and ideas can change someone’s life in years to come. Do you know? I don’t know. Until you try!
Until next time, Live Exceptionally!