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Regardless of whether you were born into a rich family, or if you grew up poor and ended up sleeping on a cold linoleum floor as the great Les Brown did, you possess greatness within you! Greatness is embedded in everybody; greatness doesn’t recognise background, educational level, or income status. 
 
You and everybody else in this world are unique, have talents, special skills, and remarkable personality traits and characteristics. Don’t question your worth based on what you started off with, or where you’re currently at. Remember, “You have the ability to do more than you can even begin to imagine.” – Les Brown 
The 9 Principles of Greatness you are about to experience were created by Les Brown – a legendary, world-renowned motivational speaker, as well as our Master Teacher and co-founder at the Les Brown Institute. He has shared these principles through the institute, and our members have made it a way of life to apply them and achieve new levels of success and fulfillment in their careers, businesses, and personal lives. It’s vitally important for every human to have principles to live by, especially in today’s fast-paced society. In a world full of distraction, the principles act like a compass, always showing us true north, leading us towards the realisation of the highest expression of ourselves as human beings. Without them, it’s easy for us to get off track, live out of harmony, lose focus, and compromise who we are. As you read each principle, take a moment to truly answer the questions provided, and allow yourself to be guided in how each one can be integrated into your life, so you can experience the greatness you may have never thought possible. 
 
Principle #1: “Each of us can achieve far beyond our horizons in avenues of life we have never explored.” 
 
What does this mean to you? Do you believe that for yourself? Do you stretch your horizons, or are you held back by fear? What is something you’ve always dreamed of accomplishing, but have yet to muster up the courage to make happen? No matter what it is you desire to achieve, you have everything you need inside of you. You are the master of your destiny. There are so many people on this planet who have already proven this first principle to be true. How can you prove it to be true too? What are your unique aspirations? What are the avenues of life you have yet to explore and achieve greatness in? Will you overcome fear and take the necessary action steps to making them a reality? The question is not, “Can you?” it’s, “Will you?” 
 
Principle #2: “Each of us has some basic goodness, which is the foundation for the greatness we can ultimately achieve.” 
 
Do you love yourself? Are you too hard on yourself? Your self-concept of who you are at your core will determine the greatness you will achieve. We have all made mistakes in our lives. The key is to focus on the goodness you have within you, not your mistakes. Be willing to face and release any guilt you are holding in your heart. What you focus on expands, so focus on your basic goodness within. Let it expand exponentially, so it can lay the foundation for your ultimate expression of greatness along the path of your biggest, brightest, and best achievements. 
 
Principle #3: “Each of us must take responsibility for our actions, our well-being, and the attainment of our maximum potential.” 
 
Don’t forget that you’re the author of your life. It’s your responsibility to take action. It’s your responsibility to apologize and make amends if you’ve done wrong. It’s your responsibility to take care of yourself (emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually). It’s your responsibility to study, network, travel, etc., to get to where you want to be and achieve the things you want to achieve. This is something only you can do. No one can or will do it for you! 
 
Principle #4: “Self-awareness, self-approval, and self-commitment are necessary for self-fulfillment.” 
 
Many people lack self-awareness. No matter what other people express to them, they can’t seem to understand where their problems stem from, or that there are any problems at all. Make sure to analyze yourself; taking care of yourself is essential, but it’s equally important to be self-reflective, and be able to identify when you could have done or said something better or differently. Commit to exploring and getting to know yourself. Commit to taking the necessary action steps to reflect on the type of person you are. Not knowing who you are, or who you want to be, will not only stray you away from your dreams, but it’ll also close the doors for entering the state of true self-fulfillment. 
 
Principle #5: “Building and maintaining relationships are critical to social development, both in the family and the community.” 
 
Take a moment and write down the names of the closest people you currently have in your life. As you watch their names on your paper, ask yourself, “Is this person helping me become a better person? Is this person pushing me outside of my comfort zone? Is this person honest with me? Does this person bring positivity to my life? Is this person positively impacted by my presence?” To live a healthy, happy, and successful life, it’s essential to have a strong support system. Negative people will hinder you from reaching your goals, dreams, and the impact on society you desire to make. Nurture the relationships that are positive and be willing to either develop solutions for those that are problematic, or release them entirely. 
 
Principle #6: “Mutual respect is the fundamental element of human relations.” 
 
It’s not the easiest thing to do, but always do your best to maintain your respect for other human beings. We all had (and still have) difficulties and challenges in our lives, and unfortunately, too many people haven’t gained the knowledge and awareness of how to heal from what they’ve gone through. This can cause people to act out of ignorance, pain, and fear. When you disrespect someone else because he or she disrespects you, or acts disrespectfully in general, you are trying to fight fire with fire. Doing this will never lead to a peaceful resolution. Instead of allowing a person to pull you down into the depths of iniquity, stand solidly in your integrity and behave accordingly. Every thought, word, and action you take reveals the quality of your character. 
 
Principle #7: “We heighten our own lives when we help others heighten theirs.” 
 
What do you do for other people? You may say, “I help my parents,” “I’m a good partner,” “I support my friends,” but really reflect on if you’re helping those people grow in their lives. Do you help others just to mark the check box, or do you do it unconditionally, genuinely, selflessly? It’s not enough to only help those we love; greatness is doing more and going beyond what’s required. Everybody can be loving and supporting of those they love; however, it’s a more difficult task to help those we don’t know, or those we’re not fond of. Step out of your comfort zone and you will see miracles happen. 
 
Principle #8: “Planning, measuring, and executing are critical tools in the manifestation of our beliefs.” 
 
You’ve probably heard the saying, “knowledge is power.” Although it has truth in it; knowledge without proper planning and execution won’t take you far. Make sure you have a plan for your life. Make sure you write out your plans, goals, and dreams. Create a vision board, write down your 3-month, 6-month, 1-year, 3-year, and 5-year goals and decide which actions steps you will take every day to get closer to your goals. Ask someone to hold you accountable. Join or create a master mind group for greater success and results. 
 
Principle #9: “Each of us must model integrity in the making and keeping of our commitments.” 
 
What has your past commitment behavior been like? Do you honor what you say you will do? Do you let your actions speak louder than your words, or are you the type of person who makes promises, but doesn’t follow through? Your integrity means everything in your greatness journey. Maintain the highest level of integrity by always doing what you say you will do, and don’t make commitments just because you feel guilty. Be honest and authentic with yourself and others about what you are willing to commit to. No matter how you have handled commitments in the past, today is a new day. You can move forward from here with the intention of keeping a clear conscience by being more mindful of not only the commitments you make, but your clear resolve to follow-through as well. 
 
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