What defines a great accomplishment? Raising healthy, productive and happy
children; teaching our future leaders to excel; these certainly qualify. We recognize
greatness in sports, the arts, politics and business. But what defines something
What defines an accomplishment as great is how we respond to it. When
we are in awe; when we have a feeling of otherworldliness; when we are
filled with the thrill of victory; this is when one of us has done something
great. We all recognize and respond to greatness, because it is in all of us.
Here are four elements that must be present for greatness to occur; you could
call them the essential precursors of greatness:
A GREAT VISION: Every great accomplishment starts with a crystal clear picture
of what it will be likewhat it will look like, sound like and especially
feel like to have this achievement come to fruition. Many of historys
great men and women probably came by their visionary tendencies naturally, but
anyone may learn the art of it.
A GREAT VOICE: The great ones have the ability to communicate with passion their
vision and its resulting rewards to all those whose blood, sweat and tears will
be required to pull it off. They have the courage and vulnerability to put their
hearts on the line for all to see, hear and feel. For it is the heartfelt
connection that rallies the forces, both tangible and mysterious, to come
to bear on vision.
GREAT MOTIVATION: Like the courage of a mother defending her childs
life, self-motivation is the Herculean energy that gives us the power to act and
to attract that which we need to realize our vision. Self-motivation flows
in direct proportion to how clear and compelling ones vision is in mind
and heart. We all bump into this power occasionally, any time we create fantastic
results in the moment. The great ones among us keep it consistently flowing
in abundance, regardless of circumstances, obstacles or immediate results.
GREAT COURAGE: In the quest for great deeds, courage is the component that comes
under continual assault. The courage to face opposition; to challenge the status
quo; to face daily failures and still get back in the game and lead the
way. Courage is the ability to see the danger everyone else sees and act
anyway. Just imagine what you can accomplish when you are courageous enough in
every moment of the quest.
What makes great men and women? Great vision, great voice, great motivation, great
courageand they add up to great deeds.
RICHARD B. BROOKE is currently the CEO of a
network marketing company and faculty
member of Networking University.