Dr. Martha’s Monday Morning Motivational
Monday, April 25, 2011
Why Settle For Good? When There’s GREAT.
The book, Good to Great by Collins, is one of my favorite books. Not only is it an easy and enjoyable read, but also its message is simple yet powerful. The book teaches us that good is the enemy of great and with even the simplest of changes we are able to go from good to great. While, Good to Great is a business book; the book is applicable to life. If you lead a life of purpose and a passion most likely your business is a HUGE part of who you are as an individual, intertwining life and business.
Like most people I want a great life in all aspects, well rounded so that all areas are equally balanced. I’ve always been an achiever in all the aspects of life, wanting the best for my life, wanting a great life. Dating back to grade school I always wanted to get the most of my education, social life, family relationships, and spiritual walk. The same holds true today wanting a great life across the board and with aging I have added wanting a great life in the aspect of business and wellness.
There are times we look at others lives and say they have “a great life” but greatness is a personal experience relative to the individual. The beauty of other’s opinions is just that that they are other people’s opinions. I always appreciate when someone compliments my life but compliments don’t have to dictate that you have reached the top level for you, your successes and your level of greatness. So many times we take a compliment as “stop” sign, telling us we have reached the level of greatness for any aspect of our life. While we have only reached a level of greatness in another’s eyes, individually we must decide what a great life means to us.
Personally, I know that I have a good life and each day strive toward a great life. In my opinion a great life is not place you reach and become idle but rather something you constantly strive for because eventually great becomes a new version of good. In order to never settle you must set the standard a bit higher. Interestingly we transition from good to great and then great becomes a new level of good and we have to make the necessary shifts and set our standards to obtain a higher level of great.
Establish your version of great. Be specific and detailed, clearly defining what great looks like and feels like. Set your goals and establish a path that will lead you to great. We all have the ability to have a great life; we just need to set our intentions and focus. Greatness is available, wanting it is half the battle and creating the path is the other half. Enjoy your journey from good to great and don’t let good old you back. Here’s to us having a great life.
Love. Laugh. Adjust.
Dr. Martha Nesseler, Innate Girl