The miracle power that elevates the few is to be found in their industry, application, and perseverance, under the promptings of a brave determined spirit.” – Mark Twain
Many motivational experts like to say that winners are made, not born. I would argue the exact opposite. I believe we are all natural born winners, but have been deprogrammed along the way. As children, we were natural winners – curious and humble, always hungry and thirsty for knowledge, with an incredibly vivid imagination; we knew exactly what we wanted, were persistent and determined in getting what we wanted, and had the ability to motivate, inspire, and influence everyone around us to help us in accomplishing our mission. So why is this so difficult to do as adults? What happened?
As children, over time, we got used to hearing, “No,” “Don’t,” and “Can’t.” “No! Don’t do this. Don’t do that. You can’t do this. You can’t do that. No!” Many of our parents told us to keep quiet and not disturb the adults by asking silly questions. This pattern continued into high school with our teachers telling us what we could do and couldn’t do and what was possible. Then many of us got hit with the big one – institutionalized formal education known as college or university. Unfortunately, the traditional educational system doesn’t teach students how to become winners or leaders; it teaches students how to become polite order takers for the corporate world. Instead of learning to become creative, independent, self-reliant, and think for themselves, most people learn how to obey and intelligently follow rules to keep the corporate machine humming.
Developing the Winner in you to live your highest life, then, requires a process of ‘unlearning’ by self-remembering and self-honoring. Being an effective winner again will require you to be brave and unlock the door to your inner attic, where your childhood dreams lie, going inside to the heart.
Here are ten easy steps you can take to awaken the Leader in you and rekindle your passion for greatness: (more…)