There is no question that when something or someone is great you can see it, feel it and even taste it. As palpable as you may feel during one of those experiences, it’s just as true that there’s greatness in each one of us. The key is allowing yourself the freedom while gaining confidence or developing the discipline that may be necessary to turn your goodness to greatness. 

With the change in seasons, Fall is a perfect time to hone in on what makes you stand out, what makes you exceptional and what makes you come alive. Once you are clear on this, you must address any fears or challenges and equip yourself with a daily dose of positivity through spiritual guidance, motivational quotes, inspiring stories or uplifting music. 

You also have to be very focused on your goal and put in the time, effort and resources necessary to master and perfect your craft or profession. There may be natural talent, but anyone great at something understands that you have to be committed and dedicated to the process. Depending on what you are looking to be great in, it may take, months and oftentimes years of sweat equity. The good thing is, there are unlimited benefits of honing in on the greatness within you. 

Not only is there tremendous value in doing so, but it’s almost an unwritten rule that it’s certain to inspire someone else. Now, understand, this doesn’t mean you won’t encounter challenges, but, my thought is if you’re going to encounter challenges, whatever you do, it might as well be headed toward achieving your greatness.

Life has a way of sometimes becoming mundane, if you allow it. Our daily life and responsibilities can start to get the best of us...that is, only if we let it. My recommended work around is reimaging your life and bringing a spark back into your personal or professional routine.

I’d say a good place to start to make some change would be to write down or review a list of the things you enjoy doing the most. Then, write or review a previously made list of your current personal or professional routine. If, in doing this you find a deficit of things that you enjoy or that sparks your passion, then you know the problem. 

The next step would be to map out or create a blueprint of what you want your re-imagined personal or professional life to look like. It’s okay that you may not know all the steps at this point to get there, that will come later. There is a chance that in this step of the process, you may need to consider tweaking a resume, cleaning out or updating your wardrobe or planning that staycation that will help you on the path to getting your groove back. 

Next, once you’ve created some sort of map, it’s time to determine what is needed to achieve your goals. It may mean reaching out to a personal or professional contact to make a referral or even give you a few pointers. Maybe, it’s as simple as signing up for that online dance or cooking class, or even taking a continuing education course in order to level-up. Whatever your desired goals, action will always yield results and taking the necessary steps in order to re-imagine how to create the best life possible, is certain to leave you satisfied!

We live in a world that can thrive off of extremes; whether we’re working too hard or think others are not enough. We condemn the meat eaters while celebrating the latest vegan craze. There are those who exercise religiously, while they’re those that don’t at all. Then you have your avid savers and your “live for the day” spenders. Somewhere in between all these extremes, is a fine balance. 

Balance can always pose to be a challenge; not just because, like me, you may go into it with the best intentions only to realize your efforts are futile, but likely because you’re trying to take on doing it without understanding what you want your desired outcome to be. For example, I’ve given much thought to the idea of going vegan, or vegetarian, and I’ve realized that I enjoy meat and dairy and have decided to put more of my attention to continuing to eat a well-balanced meal instead. I realize some may find their diet could presumably achieve this in another way, but it’s all about finding what works for you. 

I don’t believe there is one way to achieve true balance. I think varying factors have to be taken into consideration, starting with what your ultimate goal is, what’s driving your thought process and if it will provide a level of noticeable benefit to you and those around you. For instance, I consider myself to be a very dedicated worker; I give one hundred percent to my business and my work but when a certain amount of months have passed and I find that I am able to take some form of a vacation, I recognize that I’m not performing at my most optimal level. 

There’s an intentionality I have to have about knowing that a good balance includes a vacation or getaway about every quarter. Knowing this about myself helps me to alleviate the unnecessary side effects when balance may not be attained. Is this to say things always go as planned? No, but at least I’m mindful about areas like this that bring balance to my life and ultimately make me feel more balanced. 

Take a moment to evaluate the areas where you find balance and those where you don’t. In the areas where you don’t, maybe there’s an opportunity to adjust the mindset or lack of understanding that may be preventing you from achieving your sweet spot for balance. It’s amazing how tweaking small things in how you approach life can allow you to find true balance. It can truly be a game changer in your journey.


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