• drbickham

Five Ways to Set Yourself up for Greatness

Updated: Jun 13, 2019

I’ll begin with a confession: I am a lover of life. Most of my day is spent running around with a ton of energy, hardly being able to contain myself. My enthusiasm for life comes as a surprise to the people around me, and day after day I’m asked the same question:

“How do you do it?”

The answer to that question is simple: I’ve taken active steps to set myself up for greatness. I’m starting to awaken to the fact that there is a big difference between living life and merely existing. And I’ve made it a point to spend as much time as possible actively living instead of passively existing.

Sounds great, right?

Here are five things you can start doing immediately that will help you to tap into the greatness within:

1. Find Your Purpose. This more often than not is directly associated with your passion. What is your passion? It’s that thing that no one has to pay you to do. It that’s thing you dream about doing, that thing that you would spend all day everyday doing if you could. My thing is writing. The trick is to find a way to get paid for the thing that you would spend all day doing even if you weren’t getting paid.

2. Take Active Control of Your Life. “Living” is an action word, yet too many of us take a passive approach to life. I wake up in the morning knowing what I want to accomplish that day, knowing what I will accomplish that day. I don’t allow anything or anyone to dictate to me what how I will spend my time because it’s just that – mine. A great way to do this is to take control of your day first thing in the morning. Hal Elrod has written an excellent book on the subject called “The Miracle Morning”, which I highly recommend.

3. Get the Rest You Need. Notice I said the rest you need, not what other people think you need. I don’t believe in skimping on sleep, but I also don’t believe in taking more than I need. I rarely sleep eight hours a night, but I still wake up excited, refreshed, and ready to take on the day. I think the best strategy for optimal rest is to go to sleep when you’re tired and get up when you feel rested. There’s no need to make things any more complicated than they need to be, and the results are great.

4. Find Like-Minded People. The last thing you need in your life when you’re trying to make a change for the better is people who bring you down. It’s almost impossible to stay positive in a room full of pessimists. That’s like trying to stop smoking but constantly hanging around chain smokers, or trying to diet while everyone around you is going to town on cheeseburgers and fried chicken every day. Few things suck the joy out of you more than having a great idea just to have some negative asshole tell you your idea will never work and you’d be a fool to try it. If you don’t have any friends who fit the bill, try listening to a motivational podcast (such as Tom Bilyeu’s “Impact Theory”) or finding a book that inspires you.

5. Take Care of Your Body. For the entire month of May, I swore off of sugar and fried foods, and started juicing almost every day (I mean putting fresh fruit in a juicer and drinking it, not using drugs or anything like that). The result has been increased vitality and energy without feeling weighed down. This month, I joined a gym and intend to actually go three days a week. We all know the things we should do to be healthy, but the problem is we just don’t do it. But I can testify to the fact that once we start taking better care of our bodies, our bodies will take better care of us.

Well that’s it, five simple ways of setting yourself up for greatness. Please be sure to come back tomorrow for another tip. If you have any other suggestions feel free to leave a comment!


© 2019 D. R. Bickham