I recently had the pleasure of seeing Todd Duncan, International Best-Selling Author and Speaker, who made an appearance at Tom Ferry’s Success Summit in Anaheim, California in August of 2013. And even though the audience consisted of about 3,000 real estate professionals from all over the world, I think that his message is applicable to everyone who wants to be successful, regardless of which industry they are in.
According to Todd, achieving greatness is the result of making 3 specific decisions:
First Decision: Decide to be Great
No one becomes great by accident. Greatness requires time, effort, patience, and resilience. But it begins with the decision to become great. Once that decision is made, everything changes.
The decision to become great brings everything your way, and the commitment to become great differentiates you in the marketplace. When greatness is your standard, everything that you do is done to the best of your ability at the time. There is no downside to the decision to be great.
The world is full of people who accept mediocrity as their standard. Not deciding to be great puts you with the masses – it puts you on the easy road, not the hard road.
Second Decision: Decide to be Happy
Happiness is a choice, not a pursuit. Most people chase the things they think will make them happy. They don’t realize that happiness is a decision. At any moment, you can choose to be happy.
Your life’s decisions are what create or prevent the outcome called happiness. Positive decisions leads to positive outcomes. Negative decisions lead to negative outcomes. A positive mindset is foundational to positive decision making. How do you communicate with yourself? Are you your greatest critic or are you your greatest supporter? A positive mindset unlocks greatness.
Life will not always deal you the best cards every time you play. But the cards you are dealt don’t matter – how you play the game is what counts.
Third Decision: Decide to get Coached
“Left to your own devices, you’re going to make mistakes you don’t have to make.” – Todd Duncan
We all have the opportunity to be better than we were yesterday by making the decision to be great today. Having a coach or a mentor propels your greatness. They hold you accountable to your commitments and empower you as you move forward.
Receiving coaching shortens your learning curve by helping you avoid mistakes you would otherwise waste your own time, energy and resources making. A coach will show you how to do things right, dramatically improving your results in a shorter period of time. With the guidance of someone who has already travelled the path you are on, you can accomplish in 10 years what most people accomplish in 20-40.
Greatness is not an event, it is a process – a series of small steps repeated daily. Constant improvement leads to greatness. Focus on improving every area of your life by a little bit every day. If you keep that consistent for long enough, eventually you will enjoy the greatness that is the byproduct of your commitment to constant and never-ending improvement.
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost