Many of us are good at a lot of things, me included. But, while pulling weeds in the garden the other day, I started to think about many of those things in which I have some talent, some enjoyment, or some skill and began to wonder, are there any things at which I am Great?
That led to an internal discussion about what it is that makes a person great at something and here is the conclusion I came up with. When I think of someone who is great at a particular skill, hobby, talent, etc. there are three things that they seem to display that attributes to their achieving the label of “great”:
1. They produce results that are perceived as great.
2. They produce such results with seemingly little effort.
3. They do it consistently.
So, when I then took that simple definition of what makes a person great at a thing and applied it to many of the things I am good at, I realized that the thing I seem to be consistently missing in striving for greatness, is consistency. Ironic isn’t it?
You see I, like most women, wear many hats. I am a wife, mother, homemaker, cook, teacher, website developer, business manager,and recently, a salesperson. This does not include the things I enjoy and the hats I would like to wear regularly but don’t: runner, bikini competitor, yogi, writer, artist, blogger.
I do all of these many things and when I apply myself in any one of these areas I am pretty decent at most of them (except homemaking, that I suck at) and downright good at others. But currently I don’t feel like I can truly say that as of today, I am great at any of them. When I really put forth effort, or feel really passionately about something, I do a great job, but I rarely do it consistently for a sustained period of time. That is what I want to change. I want to create a new habit, that becomes a new lifestyle that becomes something that is a part of me, something great.
I have a deep down pull inside to be great. I want to find the thing that I am so passionate about that not only am I good at it, but that I can not imagine not doing every single day of my life. I want to find a way to stop juggling so many good things inconsistently and just focus on becoming great at something. But every time I try to embark on a personal challenge such as this I end up either talking myself out of it or going all out and trying to do everything better all at once, which leads me to burn out, drop out, and back to where I am now…managing, good even, but not great.
I have decided that I need to narrow my focus, start smaller in order to achieve bigger rewards. I want to choose a small goal, something I enjoy, something I am good at and do it everyday for 60 days with the hopes of becoming great at it. Once I get there and can maintain consistency, or realize that the thing I have decided to work on is in fact not for me, then I will choose another goal to work on.
As much as it makes me uncomfortable to put this “out there” and pretty frightened to consider blogging about this journey, that is exactly what I plan to do. Since currently I have been doing a pretty good job with my own physical fitness and feel really passionate about about the ways improving one’s fitness can lead to improvements in so many other areas of life, I was leaning towards something related to begin this challenge.
Here are some of the things I am considering to set as a goal for myself:
1. Yoga – Fairly soon, I will be joining a new gym that will offer yoga classes as part of my regular membership and I definitely plan to be a regular attendee of those classes, however, it will not be something that I can do on a daily basis, and therefore my challenge will be to find a way to do a little yoga practice every single day.
2. Running – In the recent past I would have considered myself to be a runner, and a pretty decent one at that. I ran/walked/hiked the Tough Mudder, ran a 5K, a half-marathon, and the So-Cal Spartan all within the time frame of just over a year and I even ran my half-marathon at a 9:34 pace. But since then I haven’t really done a whole lot of running and when I do get out and hit the pavement I rarely exceed 3 miles. I really switched gears while training for my first Bikini Competition and never switched back.
3. Bikini Competition – I have done 2. The first time I placed 3rd out of 6 in my class. At the second I took 11th out of 13. Not great. I want to train harder, push myself farther, and get back out there and be great. But, I have been flip-flopping back and forth on this one, deciding on a competition date and then never following through with registration.
4. Lead others in a health/fitness challenge – This is really where I would like to go with this. I want to create a challenge group and lead others who are beginning or re-beginning a fitness and health journey. Achieving the recent levels of change in my personal health and fitness has been an absolutely amazing, rewarding, and life-changing experience for me and I can definitely say that I am much healthier, stronger, and happier than I have ever been before in my adult life.
I also can say that achieving a healthier, happier me has made me a better person to others in my life. A better wife, better mother, a more dependable friend and daughter. I have undergone a couple of very big transformations in my life recently related to my physical health which also had a very direct impact on my emotional and mental health. I want to help others going through similar struggles finally reach a place of better, and hopefully lend a helping hand in getting them on the path to “great.”
I realize that in order to be great in general and not just great at something, you have to have the 3 things I mentioned above, but you also have to have one more. You also have to positively impact the lives of others as a direct result of using or doing the thing you are great at. I don’t just want to be great at something, but rather I want to be great at something that allows me to be a vessel to help others find “greatness” within themselves too; now that, would be great.
What is something in your life where you feel that you are great or something where you would like to be? Would you be interested in participating in a fitness challenge with me if I end up deciding to host one?