Wednesday, January 1, 2014

90 Best Practices for Unleashing Your Personal Greatness

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.


Living the strongest version of yourself requires that you hold yourself to a standard of personal excellence. As you enlarge your capacity to demonstrate excellence in all that you do, you will unleash greater measures of the seeds of greatness dwelling in you. Your life will expand or shrink according to the measure of courage you display personal greatness.

The following 90 best practices will enable you to embody personal greatness. This list is not intended for you to think that you must do ALL of them to unleash your greatness. It only serve as  a list of suggestions for achieving personal greatness.

Start with those suggestions that resonate with you now and begin to apply them on a consistent basis in your life to produce greater results. I suggest that you print this page and place it in a visible location to view it on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

  1. Express gratitude for your life, daily.
  2. Take responsibility for your life, always.
  3. End the blame game. It keeps you stuck.
  4. Learn the lesson. Move on.
  5. Be present.
  6. Nourish your mind with positive and inspiring words, daily.
  7. Believe in yourself, even when others don't.
  8. Stop running or denying the truth of your reality. Face it head on.
  9. Make up your mind that you will overcome your challenges.
  10. Implement a plan for ongoing personal and professional development.
  11. Establish goal achievement benchmarks and hold yourself accountable for attaining them.
  12. Embrace new experiences. Put on your explorer hat and go on a treasure hunt in your hometown.
  13. Cultivate nurturing and supportive relationships with diverse people.
  14. Prepare and position yourself for desired opportunities.
  15. Practice compassion, loving kindness and patience towards yourself and others.
  16. Develop and sustain effective personal finance management skills.
  17. Celebrate your successes.
  18. Celebrate the success of others.
  19. Be humble.
  20. Maintain a trustworthy reputation.
  21. Recognize and encourage the transformative potential in others.
  22. Help other people come up higher.
  23. Treat people in a way that inspires them to see themselves in a positive way.
  24. Be a Dream Releaser.
  25. Speak faith in the hearts of others.
  26. Admit when you're wrong.
  27. Forgive others. Don't hold grudges.
  28. Believe in people before they succeed.
  29. Put yourself in the shoes of others. Treat people like you would want to be treated if you were in their shoes.
  30. Deposit into people that which creates a legacy of you in their heart.
  31. Be the kind of person, you'll be proud to know.
  32. Remember to remember the strong moments in your life.
  33. Be strong enough to show vulnerability.
  34. Be brave. Feel the fear and do it anyway.
  35. Stay in touch with people who have been kind and supportive of you.
  36. Say please and thank you. Display good manners.
  37. Make time for leisure activities.
  38. Block out time to create memorable memories with those you love.
  39. Make a difference in your community.
  40. Be the change you want to see in your family.
  41. Pay attention to your inner-guide.
  42. Be mindful of who you give authority to in your life.
  43. Develop an empowering internal dialogue (self-talk).
  44. Be willing to serve all.
  45. Be mindful of the energy you are projecting.
  46. Be loyal, especially to those who are not present.
  47. Know yourself.
  48. Do more than what is expected.
  49. Accept the fact that you don't have all the answers.
  50. Seek advice from people who are where you want to be.
  51. Trust that you will be able to figure it out.
  52. Acknowledge the truth of your emotions.
  53. Schedule your year, months, weeks and days based on priorities that reflect your values.
  54. Begin to say yes to more of what inspires you and say no to that which doesn't inspire you.
  55. Walk your talk. Don't be quick to make promises. When you make promises, honor your word.
  56. Produce world-class results.
  57. Manage yourself and you'll manage your time.
  58. Focus on changing what needs to be changed within your circle of influence.
  59. Define success on your terms.
  60. Decide to be happy and take actions to make it so.
  61. Expose your talents to those who can help you reach the next level.
  62. Doubt your doubts.
  63. Don't compare yourself to others.
  64. Show a sincere interest in others.
  65. Lead without a title.
  66. Bloom where you're planted.
  67. Make your parents proud.
  68. Make your boss look good.
  69. Make your kids, nieces and nephews proud.
  70. Get acquainted with your neighbors.
  71. Be likable.
  72. Make every effort to not offend others in word or deed.
  73. Exercise daily. A 20 minute walk, 4or 5 times a week, helps to reduce stress and burn calories.
  74. Spend time in solitude.
  75. Learn simple healthy eating tips you can implement in your daily life.
  76. Laugh a lot throughout your day.
  77. Stop worrying. This habit drains your energy.
  78. Reduce the amount of fear messages you consume on a daily basis.
  79. Embrace life with a realistic and optimistic point of view.
  80. Nourish your spiritual well-being.
  81. See change as opportunities to grow and develop the value you can contribute towards others.
  82. Develop friendships with diverse people.
  83. Be open minded.
  84. Be adaptable.
  85. Be a responsible citizen.
  86. Express your appreciation for others.
  87. Read autobiographies of great people.
  88. Get enough sleep to ensure you are optimizing your productivity capability.
  89. Be decisive.
  90. Increase your means. Live below your means.

What are your thoughts about this list of personal best practices? Did I leave off any you would suggest? Share your comments below.

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Unleash Your Power!
Jackie Capers-Brown