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4 Lessons You Can Learn From the Incredibly Popular Book The School of Greatness



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While there are tons of successful people in the world, the self-made, comeback stories are the ones that tend to be the most compelling. Stories like Tony Robbins, Sylvester Stallone, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson or Arnold Schwarzenegger. A newer version of this story is Lewis Howes — a top 100 Podcaster, best-selling author, and ex-professional football player.

Here are four lessons I learned from Lewis Howe’s first book “The School of Greatness.”

1. Create & Align Your Life With Your Vision

As a kid, Lewis was 100% committed to his vision to become a professional football player. After years of hard work, he finally achieved that vision. But it was short lived as a freak injury ended his career suddenly and left him feeling lost on his future.

As he found out, when you have no vision you will lack identity. A vision is something that defines you, it’s not simply a goal you can achieve. Your vision needs to be specific and makes you jump out bed on both good and bad days. It should inspire, motivate, and make you become a better version of yourself.

“A powerful vision emerges when we couple our dreams with a set of clear goals.” — Lewis Howes

Creating a vision takes time but once created it can help you transform your life. To start crafting your vision, spend time thinking about big picture life goals and desires.

Ask yourself questions like:

  • What do I want to create in my life?
  • What type of legacy to do I want to leave?
  • Where do I want to live in my lifetime?
  • Where do I want to travel? What experiences do I want to make?

Another great way to help create your vision is to constantly invest in yourself. Whether you are reading books, listening to podcasts or walking on fire at a Tony Robbins seminar, it all will help you understand what you want in life. Once you create your vision it will be easy to make decisions as anything you do will either move you closer or further from it.

2. Develop a Winning Mindset

As an ex-professional football player and current professional handball player, Lewis has some great sports references in the School of Greatness. One of the big lessons is taken from the elite athletes; ones like Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Muhammed Ali, and Michael Phelps. For everyday people, these athletes look like they are living in a different world and in some way they are. Top athletes in any sport are clear about what they want to achieve. They have fully committed their vision.

This is the mindset you have to create to achieve your goals and make your vision a reality. It doesn’t just come to you, it takes a lot of work. These athletes didn’t get to the top of their sport by doing the minimum amount of work. They are the first to practice, last to leave, and thinking about their goals 24/7. This is how you need to feel and think about your goals. Your goals should be top of mind all the time. Whether you are writing your goals in a journal daily, visualizing your goals as complete or constantly talking about your goals.

All of this work will pay off, not always monetarily but almost always in the form of belief. Once you begin to cultivate a winning mindset you will instill a belief in yourself that is unwavering. If you believe you can accomplish your goals then you will. As Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t you are right.”

Check out these epic quotes from Lewis Howes!

3. Write in a Journal Daily

Lewis a huge fan of writing in a journal on a daily basis and can help you design a successful life. Start this daily habit by spending time each morning writing in a journal. It doesn’t need to be legible or read by anyone else but it should be focused toward creating your future. Start by putting yourself in a peak state by focusing on your accomplishments and three things you are grateful for in your life already.

Journal writing is important in the morning because while you slept, your subconscious mind did not. Instead, your mind was trying to find answers to the problems you are currently facing. This is why you might wake up with an answer to your biggest problem, have vivid dreams or have an “aha” moment showing in the morning. By writing in your journal you can capture some of these ideas and take action.

Write your top three goals down that you are trying to achieve in your life every single day — burn them into your memory! When you verbalize and write down these thoughts you will become more aware of your thoughts and understand what you are trying to create on a daily basis.

The majority of time journaling is in the morning but I’ve taken Lewis’ advice to spend 5 minutes writing before going to sleep. Here’s how:

  • Write down all the things you reacted to or failed at during the day. Were you rude to someone at work? Did you get angry when someone cut you off in traffic?
  • Write down all your wins for the day!
  • Ask yourself the hardest questions you are trying to solve so your subconscious mind can get to work on them while you get to sleep.

Journaling will also allow you spot patterns, solve problems, gain clarity, and keep you aligned with your vision.

4. Always Give Back

As Lewis achieved more success he soon began to realize that personal achievement is important but giving back and helping others is even more important. He has helped build schools with Pencils for Promise and loves how impactful his podcast is to the millions of listeners.

“Slowly but surely, moments happened where I witnessed and started to understand the value of giving back and being in service to others. This may be my most important lesson to date.” – Lewis Howes

When you climb the ladder for success don’t forget to look back and help bring someone else up. Giving back could come in many forms — donating money, time or creating a business that helps others. Find a cause you love and find a way to give others more opportunities.

As Lewis ended his book, “Greatness is a voluntary degree. Its study is self-administered. That means it’s all on you. And you get out of life what you put into it.”

What did you think of his book? Comment below!

Michael Leonard loves to write about self-improvement, motivation, and teach others how to create a successful future at Inspire Your Success. Learn from his “Success Cheat Sheet” to create the daily habits and morning routines that will help transform your life.

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There is no greatness without becoming and there is no becoming with authenticity



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In just a few weeks, we will be wrapping up 2023. Can you believe it? This year has been absolutely incredible for me.

I have seen amazing doors opened, new relationships formed and I am seeing dreams realized in my life. While this seems like the hallmarks of a great year, this has also been the most challenging year of my life. With all of the change happening in my life, I have been forced out of my comfort zone and challenged to grow in every area of my life.

I can truly say that I have made the most of my moments this year and I have used everything as a catalyst for maximizing my greatest potential.

As a revolutionary leader, I have the pleasure of consulting and advising leaders around the world to fulfill purpose, realize their greatest potential and make an impact.

I want to share some insights with you that will help you to break cycles of mediocrity and manifest your greatness

Everything legal must come through the matrix

I am sure that some of you are wondering why I am using the term matrix. However, what you have to understand is that I am trying to make a highly complex spiritual principle practical to understand.

Regardless of your spiritual beliefs, every life has an origin and I believe that origin is divine and begins with eternity. You are birthed from eternity and into time to fulfill a unique purpose and assignment in your lifetime and generation.

The matrix is simply the portal or vehicle that brings something out of the invisible realm and into tangible form. The problem with much of the teaching today is that it excludes the matrix. We are told to believe that success is instantaneous and overnight.

Nobody talks about how a dream progresses through stages beginning with visualization and ultimately culminating in manifestation. Without a matrix or portal then everything that you attempt to birth and build will be illegal.

The matrix not only makes you legal but it gives you the authority and power to function as the greatest expression of who you were created to be. 

Every matrix has an incubation process

While many people admire and respect me today, I remember a time when nobody knew who I was or the significance of my message. How did I get to where I am today? I got here through an incubation process.

In other words, everything that has been destined for your life is incubating and awaiting a set time of manifestation. The problem is that most people live their entire lives idle and never initiate the incubation process.

What do I meany by that? Most people are living reckless and very few people are living intentionally. I am amazed at the number of people I have conversations with that have no vision, goals or strategies for their lives. They show great promise and they have undeniable potential.

However, without development they will die with their dreams still in them.

Everything that has been destined for your life must be incubated and converted to become realities born to time. 

“Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blueprint and begin to build.” – Robert Collier

You must give expression to that which is not yet born to time

When you think about a matrix or a prophetic incubation process, you have to understand that potential is often unrealized and untapped. In other words, your potential is in raw form and your potential cannot serve you as long as it is untapped.

The thing that makes me valuable is that I have the ability to convert potential into power. I have done it in my own life and I have empowered leaders around the world to do the same. How do you convert potential into power?

First, it is important to note that you have to perceive potential. If you cannot perceive your potential then you can never cultivate your potential. In addition, you must take the time to cultivate your potential. We often get excited about our capabilities; however, we never expand our capacity in order to realize our greatest potential.

In other words, the strength of your potential is only discovered through your willingness to stretch. The more we are challenged the more we are empowered to expand our capacity for greatness. Most of all, you must begin to express your potential. The expression of potential is different for every person.

For example, the expression of my potential is best demonstrated through the thoughts, ideas, products, services, books, etc.

For another person the expression of potential may look like a screenplay, artwork, sports, scientific discoveries, medical breakthroughs, etc.

Regardless of the form of expression, I know that you will live empty and unfulfilled until you make the decision to express your potential. The expression of your potential gives voice to your dreams, life to your vision, significance to your moments and activates your true power.

You must manifest your greatness

As a revolutionary thinker and leader, my work has impacted people around the world. I am grateful that my life is a source of empowerment to so many people. However, before anyone could ever benefit from my life, I had to make a non-negotiable decision to become who I was born to be.

I wish I could tell you that this journey is easy and that you will get there overnight. However, in a world that celebrates us for doing we are often criticized for being. As a result, I wasted a lot of time trying to be who other people wanted me to be instead of being who I was born to be.

There is no greatness without becoming and there is no becoming with authenticity. It is through our bravery to be vulnerable that we ultimately manifest our greatness. We do not bless the world by being a duplicate. We bless the world when we honor our difference. When you honor your difference you honor your potential.

Ultimately, your difference is how you manifest your greatness.

When you present anything but your authentic self to the world, you are playing small and you are robbing the world of your significance. Manifesting your greatness requires you to master your gifts.

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