February is Plant the Seeds of Greatness Month, a campaign designed to encourage everyone to take steps to “remove barriers and make a change in your life for the better.” Reflect on how you can make a difference for yourself, your family, your business, or your community. Then acquire the tools and skills you need to act on your ideas and dreams.
There is no official proclamation about the naming of this month, but when it is such a worthy cause, you really don’t need one, do you? It is kind of like the “pay it forward” global initiative that helps to make a difference in people’s lives. So, what kind of tools and skills does one need to get started? Well, Tanea Smith wrote a blog article on the “Women Should Know” website that I think everyone can benefit from.
1) Define greatness. What does it mean to you? Is it peace of mind, is it getting fit, is it completing the first draft of the first chapter of the novel you dreamed of writing? Is it going out of your way to help someone in need? Is it changing a behavior?
2) Put pen to paper. Write things down and make a solid plan. Yes, use the old fashioned paper and pen, not an ipad or computer. You may need to post it to remind you of your goal.
3) Keep your eyes on your own paper. We all probably know someone who “appears” to have the perfect life or who is the over achiever. Do you really know what goes on behind closed doors? Are they truly happy and satisfied with their life? Having a brand new car and mansion sounds wonderful but someone has to make the car payments and clean that mansion. This is your story to write and live out. Get the focus back on you and think about what you want to do.
4) Embrace the struggle. My sorority’s motto, from St. Catherine of Siena is, “Nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring.” It has kept me going through the tough times knowing that greatness was just around the corner. My name may not be up in lights for the world to see, but I know that in my corner of the world my name does mean something for a select few.
5) Be open to receive. I have heard several wise people say that, “a closed mouth doesn’t get fed.” You have to believe that you can make the changes necessary in order to achieve greatness in your life. That belief has to start in your mind. I believe that it is possible to achieve. What about you?