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4 Things That Are Keeping You From Achieving Greatness Right Now



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As we near the end of the COVID outbreak and enter the middle of 2020, it is vital that we shake off any post-pandemic panic and adjust our mental vision to see things from a 20/20 perspective. Despite any negative economic situations you may be experiencing as a result of those months sheltered-in-place, I want you to know that the power to change your situation and level up, despite these perceived setbacks, lies within you.

So, the responsibility to implement the solution to changing your situation and achieving that greatness you desire rests squarely upon your shoulders. The problem is that desiring greatness alone or just positively thinking that you can pull it off isn’t enough to actually do it. That being said, I’m going to share with you the top 4 things that will keep you from achieving greatness, if you don’t make some adjustments.

These are the same steps that I took during the shelter-in-place which resulted in me getting my first national article published, self-publishing my first book, and launching my first virtual live training course. By the way, none of these accomplishments were on my list of goals prior to the COVID pandemic.

1. Lack of Making a True Decision

This can be attributed to the absence of a clear objective that you’ve decided to accomplish in your life. I see so many people get this wrong. They think that they’ll get all the details to the big picture first and then they’ll get started. That is absolutely backwards. You must make the decision first. With that decision comes the tunnel vision that is needed to ultimately accomplish your goal and not quit along the way.

Once you have made this decision, you need to write it down and make it plain. You must understand that once you do this you have just birthed something new into existence. Something that if nurtured with faith and consistent action will one day grow into the physical manifestation of what you see internally. 

Remember that every company, book, product and invention began first as an idea in the mind of someone who made the decision to pursue and bring that idea into reality. 

“Big things start small.”- Jeff Bezos

2. Not Taking Immediate & Consistent Action

The next step is to take immediate action, even though you don’t really know what to do yet.  This is where so many people get stumped and stuck. They think they need to know everything to make their dreams a reality. The solution is really as simple as this: Take (2) actions every day which will move you a little bit closer to your goal. This will require discipline on your part, as there will be many times in your journey ahead when you won’t feel like doing what it takes for you to succeed. 

Trust me; I’ve been there and done that. You don’t have to know everything, but you do have to be consistent in your actions. The reason for this is because the answers will only be revealed to you a little bit at a time, as you keep consistently inching your way forward. Eventually, all of those little consistent steps will have an exponential effect which will skyrocket you towards success!

These micro-steps also help you to avoid getting stuck in mental overwhelm from your lack of knowledge or the perceived size of the task before you. My personal mantras while undergoing this process were, “Little Bit by Little Bit” and “Progress Over Perfection.” I hope these help you on your journey of greatness this year!

3. A Lack of Faith

Sometimes life has a way of humbling even the biggest of us, which can result in us feeling small and powerless. This was a common feeling that many people around the world experienced due to shelter-in-place efforts at flattening the COVID-19 curve. It’s during times like these that having faith in our abilities, and in the God who placed them within us, is crucial to achieving the greatness we desire.

It is helpful to believe that there is a God who made you and has an amazing plan for your life.  It is also equally important to have faith in yourself and in what you can still accomplish. Take stock of your life and look back over all of your accomplishments. Those victories and memories are not meant to be static; they are yours to access and to pull strength and inspiration from whenever, wherever, and forever.  

Assess what it took for you to achieve those wins and know that a winner is still inside of you.  He or she is waiting for you to dig deeper and see what you’ve really got inside of you for this next level. Since you’ve won in the past, that means that you can win now and in the future. 

Believe that no matter what may have befallen you this year, you and your God-given abilities are enough to transform the remainder of your year and make it something amazing!

“What you have experienced, no power on earth can take from you.”- Viktor E. Frankl

4. Being Cheap and Not Willing to Invest in Your Success

The old adage goes that it takes money to make money. While this isn’t true 100% of the time, it is accurate more often than not. Unfortunately, too many times we want something for nothing and aren’t willing to invest the time and financial resources necessary for our own success. I’m not saying that you have to be rich and invest tens of thousands of dollars in order to make it. I am saying that at some point you will need to make some sort of financial investment in your future.

For me that meant investing a couple hundred dollars in two courses that helped me to acquire new skill-sets, which I immediately began using to convert my ideas into cash. At some point, you may realize (like I did) that you need a little help from the experts and begin investing in yourself a little bit here and there through e-books and coaching courses. Maybe you’ll decide to invest in hiring a life coach or business development coach to help you navigate the turbulent waters up ahead, instead of attempting to go it alone. 

Even investing $12 in an e-book by an expert with proven results can help you compress time frames and yield impressive results in your own endeavors.

If you decide to put these 4 principles into action, I’m confident that the remainder of your year will be quite the spectacular one. Congratulations in advance!!        

What’s the accomplishment you’re proudest of this year? Share it with us below!

Michael “Diamond Mike” Dillard is a Business Development Coach, Author, and 6-time internationally ranked Top 1% Diamond Electrical Consultant. He is also the Founder of the Honolulu-based training firm, iOn Reliability Training & Consulting. Connect with Mike on Instagram @ionreliabilitytraining or friend him on Facebook.

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How Your Beliefs Can Supercharge or Sabotage Your Success

Your life is dictated by beliefs and biases that drive your thinking, behaviors, and decisions



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How to Break the Cycles of Mediocrity and Manifest Your Greatness

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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Here’s a Young Man’s Antidote for the Uncertainty of the Modern World

Why do a lot of young guys lack confidence in today’s world? 



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Toxic Leadership: 5 Ways to Identify a Bad Leader

if you have a leader who displays any of the toxic traits, it’s time to move on to greener pastures.



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Let’s be honest, we’ve all crossed paths with a toxic leader in our careers at some point. Unfortunately, while some toxic leaders don’t even bother to hide their behaviour, some know very well how to conceal their true selves behind a strong-built facade. The latter is the most dangerous of the two. (more…)

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