What is Greatness? The public is satisfied with the idea that greatness simply means someone who is exceptional at something. Is greatness something deeper? Could it possibly be sacred? Most importantly, do we all have access to greatness? If we do, how can we access our greatness?
Wikipedia says “Greatness is a concept of a state of superiority affecting a person or object. Greatness can also be referred to individuals who possess a natural ability to be better than all others. The concept carries the implication that the particular person or object, when compared to others of a similar type, has clear advantage over others.” Wikipedia’s definition supports the populous belief that people who have achieved greatness are known as superior humans and born with a natural ability.
Let’s apply Wikipedia’s definition of greatness to Whitney Houston, pop icon and Tom Brady, five-time Super Bowl winner. Whitney Houston is famous for her natural talent as a singer. Many would say superior to most singing talent. With this natural ability did she achieve greatness or does she have a great voice? Is using a talent well, enough to have achieved greatness?
On the other hand, Tom Brady, playfully referred to as the GOAT (greatest of all time), didn’t exhibit a natural ability during the draft’s physical testing and became the 199th draft pick. How did he achieve success if he didn’t have a natural ability for football? Obviously, greatness encompasses more than talent. What else can greatness be?
Rosalynd M. Rambert from Aspire to Greatness teaches an ideology that explains how we can access our greatness. Aren’t we all interested in living a peak experience? Rambert believes and teaches that greatness isn’t for a chosen few. Aspire to Greatness says, “It (greatness) was more than an epiphany, it was a spiritual awakening;” “True greatness is a mindset. It’s a way of being, a way of thinking. In its simplest form, it is about doing everything in a great way.”
Rambert’s definition is reminiscent of a sports radio talk show host who described Tom Brady as a person who lives on Mount Everest, the earth’s highest mountain. The radio host adds, where many people climb up and climb down the mountain. Tom Brady lives his life at the peak.
Aspire to Greatness’ Rambert defines Greatness as:
Walking in a spirit of excellence.
Being a person of great integrity and character.
Exercising moral and social responsibility.
Awakening to your true self.
Living life “consciously” showing up for those that need and depend upon you, regardless of how you feel and what is and isn’t happening in your life.
Being a servant, being your brother and sister’s keeper in actions, not just in words.
Being true to who you are without compromise.
Intentionally and proactively becoming the change, you want to see in the world.
She continues with, for the individual that lives to “ASPIRE TO GREATNESS,” every day they awake with a mindset that says:
- Mediocrity is not an option.
- I will make a difference in the world.
- I am pursuing my purpose with passion.
- I will become the change I want to see in the world.
- I will treat people as I want to be treated and not how they treat me.
- The vision for my life will be manifested.
- Today, I am going to be the best person I can be.
- I understand that my life doesn’t belong to me. Therefore, I will show up in the life of everyone who needs me today; regardless of how I feel.
- I will live, do and be on a higher level.
It’s an inspiring and eye-opening message that we can all live great lives. Rambert’s explanation points toward a cleared path to access our greatness.
If you are of the esoteric view, the controversial Ramtha, who is channeled during the You Tube video, “The Spiritual Journey…Mining for Greatness” says, “Starting to mine deeper levels are part of the mystery of our greatness.”
Ramtha’s says we access greatness when we mine for the exact word(s) to express ourselves. These words come from deep inside us not from our school vocabulary lists. A process of being quiet while looking within assists us in discovering a personal vocabulary. Communicating your personal description brings forward your greatness. The repetitive act of speaking your truth, supports, and grows your greatness. A compelling and spirit driven idea of greatness.
While Wikipedia’s definition is the common mindset, a deeper study of greatness reveals that it is meant to be a universal experience. That in fact, greatness is meant for all of us. Our task is to deeply listen to our spirit that enjoys life in the realm of greatness.
What does greatness mean to you? What technique will you experiment with to access deeper greatness?
Tell us about your experiences with greatness. We want to know!