Superstar. The term itself conjures up a vision of celebrity and adoration. But there are different types of stars. In mere mortal terms, it can mean being the best you can be. You are unique and there is no one else quite like you. But how can you position yourself so that you excel? Allow me to share the 3 things that you can do to pave the pathway to super-stardom.
- Be a decision maker. Most people never decide what they want to do, be, or become. The basic truth is that making no decision is just another type of decision cloaked in a different garment—one that is dressed by laziness and procrastination. As humans, we have so many options available to us—and it takes thoughtful and guided choices to set us on the right path. We must decide what we want to do in order to extend ourselves and become what we are truly capable of becoming.
- Define your goals. To be the best you can be, you need to have an idea of what you want to do and how to get there. We can accomplish so much more when we have goals than when we don’t. If we aim at nothing we are likely to achieve nothing. If you have no idea where you are going, any path will take you there. The greater the clarity of our goals, the more likely we are to achieve them. We increase the likelihood we will accomplish a goal by 90% if we simply write it down.
- Be willing to pay the price. It is impossible to extend ourselves in any way without paying a price. That price usually comes in the form of hard work or overcoming adversity. Being prepared to deal with either of these realities is crucial if we are to do something that we have not done before. Sacrifice is the cost of admission. And it helps to keep your goal within your line of vision—it serves to make the sacrificing worthwhile.
These three things can help set you on your path to achieving great things. They don’t need to be newsworthy. There are many unsung heroes and great people among us who don’t bask in the limelight. They don’t need to. They know they are doing what they are meant to do—and they derive pleasure and satisfaction from that.
As you incorporate these three elements into your daily/weekly activities, remember to enjoy the journey. It can be difficult while we are in the midst of something challenging, but dealing with adversity does serve to make us stronger. And sometimes those obstacles are there to keep the other people out—not you. Keep in mind that there is greatness in you—and do what you can to make it shine.