Greatness. A notion that has been around for ages. But societies and cultures around the world have maintained a skewed perception of what greatness actually means. Today, in America, a culture so overwhelmingly saturated by media and entertainment, people believe greatness equates only to monetary success and fame. The result?
We’ve missed our own opportunities to achieve greatness because we set goals based on what society deems essential for success.
Success and greatness seem to go hand-in-hand, and both are entirely based on perception. To the CEO, success can be defined as the monetary value of their company. To an NBA player, success can be hitting the winning three-point jumper with .4 seconds remaining in the game. To the bodybuilder, success can mean putting on X amount of muscle in a certain timeframe.
Success is different for everyone. But the determination, discipline and perseverance within these successes attribute to its greatness.
So then the question becomes, what does it really mean to be great? To me, people are not born with greatness. Greatness is achieved. It comes from understanding where we are and where we want to be. It’s about finding motivation to never stop getting better. For me, my motivation is to be a great example for my family. I use that to fuel me every single day...
When I initially stepped into the fitness world, I knew that I had to show my clients that there was something that set me apart from the rest.
I immediately began working every day as if I were an intern, reminding myself that my success was tied to his physical success.
I was incredibly humbled by him essentially saying 'I wasn't enough.' It fueled me.
I began to strive for more than what was expected. Then something unexpected happened. As I was helping him create his greatness from a fitness perspective, he was helping me create mine. The mentality and concepts I formed during that time have helped me throughout my fitness career.