Today's video highlights two people who are awakening to their greatness and making a difference in this world.  Ashley and Filip have started a project – Peace, Love, and Photography – to raise money for several charities.  They are doing this by actively involving people from all parts of the world, as they travel and share their message of hope.

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I have a confession to make: I have never been great in a relationship.

This might seem to be a surprising admission from someone writing a relationship column monthly, but until last year this was true.

Let me explain…

A relationship is a partnership and it takes both people to be successful. It is something stated often for a very good reason: it's true. A person can try hard to be a good partner. One can possess great communication skills, be loving, considerate, empathetic, and more. But greatness will not be achieved alone. Until a worthy partner is the other half of the relationship with the person making heroic efforts to be successful, it won't happen. Regardless of the effort made, it is not possible for one person to compensate for deficiencies in another.

So back to my self-admitted relationship mediocrity…

No matter how hard I tried in what would always be doomed relationships, I could not improve or repair them alone. I also could not reach a level of greatness that I wanted in my personal life either. Trying to fill in the deficiencies neither brought me greatness nor did I find these relationships personally satisfying.

What changed is simple: I changed partners.

Being in a relationship with someone who mirrors my desire to be successful in the relationship, feel fulfilled, create happiness for the other, is comfortable opening his heart to another, and has a strong desire to achieve greatness in a partnership made a difference. I find I am doing what I have always done, but with significantly different results.

I have awakened to my own greatness by realizing that to do so meant finding someone who had the ability and desire to work towards the greatness with me.

Being one half of a whole, relationship greatness can only be achieved together.

Have you discovered your own greatness in a relationship?

 

If so, please share below.


by Kelly Sajonia

Trillions of dollars change hands around the world everyday. More items, services and goods are bought and sold each minute than you could possibly imagine. More currency changes hands than you can possibly fathom.

Money, in other words, is virtually limitless. There's more money in the world than you could ever need, want, acquire or imagine.

Your time, on the other hand, is limited. We are on this earth for 80 to 100 years in the best-case scenario. Some of us are visiting this world for a much shorter period of time.

So why do we treat our time as if its "free" and unlimited, while we treat money as though it's a precious, limited commodity?

That's not a rhetorical question. I believe we treat our time as though it's not worth anything because we haven't awoken to the greatness of our time. We're unaware of how much we can create, and we don't realize the possible scope and magnitude of our contribution to this world.

If we lack confidence, lack enthusiasm, and lack purpose, our time feels worthless. We'll fritter away precious hours as though they're free. We'll channel-surf. We'll devote hours to extreme couponing. We'll handle our own tasks rather than outsourcing and delegating.

We learn to be frugal with our time, not our money, when we become aware of how valuable our lives are. Time is more precious than gold. Supplies are limited. When our time is over – it's simply over. We can't earn more.

So how can you awaken to the value of your time?

#1: Have a Purpose

Time feels worthless if you're not living for anything. Your purpose can be whatever you want it to be. It can be work-related, home-related or anything else. Your purpose might be excelling at your job, or making money, or being a great parent, or being a wonderful community member.

#2: Limit Your Priorities

Stay focused on your purpose by concentrating in one or two areas of your life. Many people never achieve greatness when their mind is "a mile wide and an inch deep." Ruthlessly cull your priorities so that you're concentrating on your mission.

#3: Accept What You're Good At

As children, we're taught to focus on the areas in which we're less naturally inclined. If we're great at reading but poor at mathematics, we'll get tons of extra tutoring in math, while our natural reading talent holds steady.

As adults, we need to turn that around. Concentrate on developing the areas in which you have natural skill and interest. Outsource the rest.


by Paula Pant

You are in possession of something powerful. Something with the innate possibility to change the world. You walk around with it every day, but sadly, you're likely oblivious to its paradigm-shifting potential. Don't feel bad, however, for even the most advanced airport security scanners are completely unable to detect its presence.

What is it?

Your greatness.

That's right, even Tony the Tiger would agree: You're GREAT!  But I'm not talking in generic, "you're great, I'm great, everybody's great and should get a trophy" terms here. I'm talking about your inner superpower.

The tragedy is that this inner superpower is often under-appreciated and under-used, rendering it nearly powerless.

Your greatness is made up of the activities you are great at and most enjoy doing. The things that people marvel at, ask you to do, and thank you for. The things that come easy to you, the things you find most enjoyable.

The "easy" and "enjoyable" aspects are the trap. They lead you to take your greatness for granted. When something comes easy to us, we assume it must be that way for everyone, so we don't see anything special in it. And if it's enjoyable, we assume it's not worth that much because anything worth having requires a lot of work, right?

Wrong!

This kind of thinking is Kryptonite to our inner superpower. The truth is, the things that come easy to us and create enjoyment are the very gifts we were given to help change the world. Rather than toiling away at building up our weaknesses, we need to unleash our infinite potential by focusing on our strengths. If you think about it, building up our weaknesses is our futile way of becoming self-reliant. But we were designed to be dependent on one another. Our job is to utilize the gifts of others while ruthlessly sharing our own.

Write down a list of at least 10 things you are great at (shoot for 20!) Then make a similar list of things you enjoy doing. Compare the lists and circle the things that overlap.

That's your greatness. That's your inner superpower.

Keep in mind, you don't need to be the best in the world at any of those things to be great. The beauty is in the mix. Consider this quote from Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams:

I succeeded as a cartoonist with negligible art talent, some basic writing skills, an ordinary sense of humor and a bit of experience in the business world. The "Dilbert" comic is a combination of all four skills. The world has plenty of better artists, smarter writers, funnier humorists and more experienced business people. The rare part is that each of those modest skills is collected in one person. That's how value is created.

You may not be the absolute best at any one thing on your list. (Not many people are.) But that's no reason to discount them. Chances are that if everyone in the world compared their lists of 20 things they are great at and enjoyed doing, no two lists would be exactly the same.

I hope you will take some time to make your own list to uncover and analyze your inner superpower.

I urge you to quit taking your greatness for grated.

I beg you to unleash it on the world.

We need you.


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