Discovering Your Greatness

by Lance Ekum on · 16 comments

There's always tomorrow. 

Have you ever thought or said that (or something similar)?

See – when we're cruising through this thing called our life, and things are going as they normally do (and often, even if they're not all that normal) – there's this sense that tomorrow is always there.

And tomorrow – leads to next week, next month, next year, next decade.

Are you living up to the possibilities that are within you?  Are you actively leveling up your life – and choosing to live intentionally – EVERY day?

Or – is there always a tomorrow for that?

The Comfort Zones of Our Life

It's within each of us – greatness.  (you, me, everyone)

The thing is – it's all too easy to just continue doing what we've always done. 

Life's good…or…life's not so good.  It doesn't matter – it's easy to stay in the comfort zone we're in.

Do you?

What if, though, the key to discovering your greatness was really quite simple?

Discovering Your Greatness

Action.

Do something. Try that new thing you've been thinking about.  Go to that place you've been talking about. Be scared, and act anyway.

Some will be great big flops.  And that's a really great thing – because it means you've tried something, learned a bit along the way, and found out something that either didn't work for you or that you need to make some adjustments to. 

Some will be great big wins.  Celebrate them!  Savor the feeling of this "being alive" in that moment!  Enjoy what you have done.

Many will be somewhere in between.  Some good, some more challenging.  All good (really good).  See – if you're out there and "doing" something – you ARE discovering your greatness. 

Maybe it will come really quickly.  Maybe it will take much longer than you had planned (or hoped for).

The act of doing – it's the motion that gets you moving in that direction.  And it IS out there – your greatness.

So – get out there – do something – TODAY. 

DO something – and discover more fully who you are, and move into that greatness that is you.


by Lance Ekum

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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rob white May 1, 2012 at 8:42 am

I Always enjoy your punchy doses of inspiration, Lance. Indeed, if we are to live for ourselves, we must begin feeling our greatness today. At this very moment, we are creating our tomorrow with what we feel about ourselves today. When we Stop insisting that NO and WOE is the way to go, our tomorrows will take on a new glow.
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Lance Ekum May 1, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Hi Rob,
Thanks!!

And that’s it – we are creating our tomorrow by our actions today. So – let’s do exactly that – let go of the no’s and the woes (I like it!) and see our tomorrows shine in new ways!

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Glori May 1, 2012 at 9:43 pm

The thing is, not all of us are in our comfort zone because we’re comfortable in it. Some of us are in there because we have no choice. We have responsibilities and it really is a good reason to stay in that zone. But I know that if I had a choice, I’ll probably will “go out there and do something.”
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Lance Ekum May 2, 2012 at 7:53 am

Hi Glori,
That’s a good point. It’s definitely not a black or white answer, but many shades of grey. There can certainly be responsibilities we have in our life which keep us in the current comfort zone we’re in. I would like to suggest, though, that even tiny steps outside of that zone – and into new possibilities – can be very liberating. And in that, new parts of ourselves discovered…

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Jody - Fit at 54 May 2, 2012 at 7:59 am

I WILL!!!! I worked out already! 😉 Great post! Out of the comfort zone!
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Lance Ekum May 2, 2012 at 8:19 am

AWESOME!!!!

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Evelyn Lim May 2, 2012 at 8:37 am

If I need to perk up my energy levels, I know whose blog I should be reading 🙂 I certainly can count on you for being inspiring and motivating!

I like the idea of aligning with greatness. And yes, it is not just working at the thought or mental level. Action is also needed to truly move out of the comfort zone.

To being awesome always,
Evelyn

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Lance Ekum May 3, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Hi Evelyn,
Ha!!! Well…I *love* hearing that…see – your words bring my energy level up, too!! Awesome!

Greatness – it’s in all of us. Sometimes, it’s buried, though, until we get out there and “do”…

Keep shining your awesome, sweet friend…

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Debbie@happymaker May 2, 2012 at 11:30 am

Hi Lance,

That darn comfort zone can be a real trap to keep us from enjoying every minute of the day. Doing and trying new things is a fun way to live life.

Sometimes we do try to find excuss to keep us there, if I do that I start to concentrate of the adventure and the fear leaves.

The words we us on ourselves can make a world of difference. Comfor zone or adventure, which do we want to use?

Thank Lance we all need a push now and than.
Blessings to you,
Debbie
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Lance Ekum May 3, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Hi Debbie,
Yes…that “darn” comfort zone!!!

Concentrating on the adventure – I love that idea! (and I’m going to try that next time fear of the new or unknown starts to seep in!)

Here’s to all the adventures that lie ahead…

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David Stevens May 2, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Hi Lance,
Being idle is not great…”doing” is vitality…and I like that. A bit of useless trivia…I’m about to try my hand at drawing, something which I have always been poor at so I gave up. Not now, I have had an image of being able to draw great landscapes (in pencil), so I am going to have a crack at it…..regardless of the outcome. Thankyou
be good to yourself
David
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Lance Ekum May 3, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Hi David,
Very awesome — and best to you on this new adventure into drawing!!! I think this is really very cool – it’s you, getting out there and doing it!

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Greg Tutunjian May 3, 2012 at 5:49 am

Thanks for the added nudge Lance!

Cheers,

Greg
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Lance Ekum May 3, 2012 at 9:27 pm

You bet, Greg – very glad to give an added nudge!

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Giulietta Nardone May 6, 2012 at 5:34 am

hi Lance,

I wanted to respond to your coach – surfing experience with your sons. You taught them a great lesson – to try something new and see where it takes you and to deal with our collective fear of strangers. I’d love to try that, too!

It also brings up the issues we have around trusting strangers. What’s making our world dangerous isn’t dangerous people, it’s our fear that everyone is dangerous. You’re more likely to be hurt by someone you know, yet we all run around in fear.

I’m not sure when the fear of strangers started. How can we have a loving world and loving communities when we’re taught to be frightened of each other? And it’s only getting worse.

Enjoyed it! thanks, G.
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Lance Ekum May 6, 2012 at 6:47 am

Hi Giulietta,
This is such a great point you bring up. As soon as I told my two sons we were going to do this – their immediate thought was around “how this could go wrong”. Definitely – a fear-based mentality for them. I suppose a part of that could be a fear of the unknown. The bigger part, though – is really as you’ve described – a fear of strangers (and thinking the worst).

So, besides the fact that this was just a great time with a great guy we met – that we all also experienced the genuine friendliness of a stranger – I think that goes a long way toward helping to solidify within my kids (and me) that our world is filled with genuine, caring, kind people. And by being open to stepping beyond our own sphere of living – we open ourselves up for some very wonderful and amazing experiences…

Thanks so much for your great thoughts on this.

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