You have GREATNESS within you, waiting for you to fully activate it. You want more, know you are capable of more, interested in being better, growing, learning, exploring; otherwise you would not be reading these words.

1) Pay Attention to What You Feed Your Mind

Stand Guard at the Gateway to Your Mind! Nutrition for the mind is akin to nutrition for the body. Strengthening the mind requires frequent trips to the mental gym; daily doses of growth and/or inspirational literature, both personal and professional. Junk food mental diet = weak and unfocused mind = wasted life. Your choice.

2)  Focus Like a Laser: Create a Plan, Work Your Plan

To live the life of your dreams, you must articulate your dream(s), turn them into goals and create action plans with targets and deadlines to bring them to life. I suggest setting 3 to 5 goals for each of the six major roles of your life (Personal, Professional, Physical, Spiritual, Family/Friends, and Community). Create contingency plans for setbacks. Everyone stumbles, plateaus are normal. Failure is never permanent UNLESS you make it so. Simply learn from the experience, assess, recommit, re-vamp as appropriate, love yourself and move on.

3) Feedback: The Breakfast of Champions

Internal: Journal, Journal, Journal. Journaling gives you perspective, a chance to review your progress, learn your patterns and triggers, hone your awareness. Are You Coachable? Do Others Think So?

4) Lock in Live Long Learning

If you are not growing, you are stagnating. Life is all about change. If you change before a crisis forces you to change, you have much more control over the direction and pace.

5) Celebrate, Enjoy, Daily practice your “Attitude of Gratitude”, your “Habit of Happiness”

Even Saints must Sleep and Priests must Play. No matter how focused and driven you are, take the time to kick back and relax. Balance is important.

Unleashing the Winner Within is simple! However, simple is not the same as easy! Persistence is Key.

Closing Quotes:

“Ancora impart” (I am still learning) – Michelangelo at age 87 (1475-1564)

“As the fletcher whittles and straightens her arrows, so the master directs his straying thoughts.” – Buddha

“I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better.” – Elon Musk

As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier