What It Takes To Become Great

71HIntegrity, it is something that isn’t highly valued in the lights and camera of Hollywood. It is not something that is celebrated on the steps of the White House much anymore. It isn’t something that many give attention to in their lives unless their lives have somehow been negatively impacted by someone practicing the opposite. Yet it is one of the major keys to success and where it is absent is failure.

I am a firm believer that if you actually do what you say you are far from the majority and that in of itself can make you be great in whatever you do. Integrity is not easy, it is at times lonely, it causes a person to sometimes deny every desire they have just for the very sake of it.

It sounds good to say we are going to do things in life but it is an entire different level of living when we arrive to a place where we do what we say we are going to do. I would say that the majority do what they say they are going to do about 50% of the time. If you actually live at a place where you do what you say you’re going to do 90% of the time you will be above average.

Integrity is a character trait that allows us to keep our word even when it is not convenient, fun or good for our own personal gain.

What makes someone a person of integrity? How does someone gain integrity? Honestly I believe it is developed in the trials of life. In the darkest hours of our lives when we are faced with the deepest blows. When we wonder why we are in the midst of pain but something inside us rises up and we begin to persevere. Perseverance is painful because it causes you to push through when you have no “feelings” of moving forward. But as you push through something amazing starts to happen, your character begins to evolve and you begin to be shaped in a way you never thought possible.

Suddenly you find yourself on the other side of pain and you stand at the door of hope. You realize that through not giving up you were able to produce a whole new life, you have overcome and you now see greatness in the future. You understand what it takes where before you only stood in the place of victim.

I believe it is those individuals that have walked the path of perseverance that have the deepest character. They understand the price of selfish gain and instant gratification and they are willing to invest their lives into what is better.  They know what it is to overcome in the face of the impossible for the sake of what is right. They are the ones that decide what they are going to do and they do it and they are the ones that see success.

I don’t know what you may be walking through, what you have walked through or what you may go through in the future. But when you begin to understand how trials transform you in a way that nothing else can, that they somehow transform you into something far greater, you are empowered by the fact that they are the very vehicle to which you arrive to a destiny of greatness. I have heard it said, “Though it cost you everything get understanding.” Understanding only comes from walking in the shoes of those we would rather not walk in. The dark path of pain. But it is the place where we suddenly discover we now have the ability to reach out and pull someone else up because we persevered. It is where we realize that our purpose is far greater than ourselves and what we have walked through.

When we go after our dreams and our goals in this life we will experience pain, rejection, loss, and disappointment. But it all has a purpose and sometimes it is not about you but the person out there waiting on the other side of your obedience to what is right.

With every hardship comes great character if we don’t give up and that is a trait that nobody can teach you. It is a trait that allows you to work hard or “hustle” harder than anyone else because you know and understand your why deeper than anyone else.  Hardship is the development of greatness, it is what makes a champion, it is something only the great people have known. And those that persevere are the ones that not only see success but they are the ones that see dreams fulfilled.


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