Good to Great

First of all, I want to tell you that this post is not about obtaining perfection. This is about getting the best out of yourself. Have you ever thought about how you can go from being good at something to being great at something? I think about it all the time, for my running, my career, and everything in between.

“Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. We don’t have great schools, principally because we have good schools. We don’t have great government, principally because we have good government.

Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life.”

– Jim Collins

Good is…well, good enough. But great….great is excellence in the making. Great does not only change you, it pushes everyone and everything around you, to aim for a higher standard. When reflecting on your life, your personal journey, and your goals, do you find yourself making good things happen or, great things happen? Are you surrounded by good people or, great people? It is not so much about being a great individual, as it is about finding the thing that makes you strive for greatness.

“The real question is not, “Why greatness?” but “What work makes you feel compelled to try to create greatness?” If you have to ask the question, “Why should we try to make it great? Isn’t success enough?” then you’re probably engaged in the wrong line of work.” – Jim Collins

We all want to produce great results but, how can we make that happen? Consider these four tips to help you transition from good to great:

Never stop looking for opportunities to learn. When I was in school, I couldn’t wait to graduate. Then, I graduated and started working and, I couldn’t wait to go back to school. haha….weird. School is not the only place to learn, though. You must seek learning opportunities that will support your personal growth and your career growth. Never stop learning. Learning makes you great.

“Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.” – Jim Collins

Have a venture for your vision. It is great to be passionate and excited about something but, motivation does not get you far when trying to reach your goals. You need a roadmap to get you where you want to be. And, you need to be disciplined. The map may not always be clear and, the direction may change over time but, having a guide for your vision will force you to become disciplined. Discipline produces results over time. A vision with a plan is great.

“Great vision without great people is irrelevant.” – Jim Collins

Pursue collaboration. We never accomplish anything alone. Even when you feel like you are in a battle all by yourself, when you look back, you will be able to identify people who helped you along the way. Be open to collaboration early in your pursuits. Mindful collaboration should connect you with like-minded individuals who have similar goals, with different experiences than yourself. Collaboration makes us stronger. Collaboration makes us great.

“What separates people, is not the presence or absence of difficulty, but how they deal with the inevitable difficulties of life.” – Jim Collins

Don’t be indecisive. Learning to trust your heart/gut can take a long time but, we can start by practicing making decisive decisions. Being decisive does not mean that you are too assertive or, aggressive. It means that when problems occur, you can make great decisions based on your knowledge and experience, in a short amount of time. Being decisive means that you will not let fear prevent you from making the right decision.  Trust yourself through the decision making process. Decisiveness makes you great.

“Faith in the endgame helps you live through the months or years of buildup.”

– Jim Collins

Hold yourself to a high standard and, surround yourself with great people. Your road to greatness will look different than mine but, it will be great in its own unique way. Jim Collins wrote a book called, Good to GreatIt is geared towards business so, if you have an entrepreneurial mind, like me, you will learn a lot from it! I highly recommend it!

Happy Running,

❤ A

“What separates people, is not the presence or absence of difficulty, but how they deal with the inevitable difficulties of life.” – Jim Collins

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