When I look around at people I admire, a certain word comes to mind: powerful. These are great people: influencers, leaders; people worthy of respect. These are the people I aspire to be like, and so I started pondering the question: “What makes someone truly powerful?”
When I say “power”, I’m not talking about authority or force, but strength. Impact. Security. The people I admire most have a sense of personal identity and strength of character that makes them stand out, and today I want to talk about six habits I’ve noticed that all these great influencers have in common.
We live in a world that is constantly pushing for more—for us to do more, give more, or be more. As high achievers, this is a natural tendency, and a great trait. Aspiring to do and achieve your best is not something to be ashamed of, but today I want to talk about one little word that’s sometimes so hard for us to say: No.
In 2016, my focus was on generosity. I wanted to give more freely to more people. Now don’t get me wrong—generosity is a phenomenal trait with many benefits, and one I think we should all learn to cultivate. However, I made one mistake: I never said no.
What do you think about changing the world? Making a difference in the lives of those around you? Living boldly, vibrantly, unbound. You’re here because you want to do great things—and more than that, you’re here because you already have greatness inside you, but something’s holding you back.
As young people, we fall prey to three major lies. These lies seep into our minds, creating shadows of doubt, whispers of insecurity, and sometimes, crippling fear. Perhaps you long for greatness, but you feel trapped, believing you can do nothing. It’s time to change that.
Creative people are naturally independent. We like to think for ourselves and test our own theories, ideas, and methods. Sometimes we even end up convincing ourselves we don’t need anyone else—ever.
As much as we like to function within our own rhythms, living in a bubble will hinder your creativity and limit your impact, causing you to miss out on some incredible benefits that come when you open yourself up to working with others.
I know how it is. You’re tired. Life has thrown you under the bus and you’re defeated. Burnt out. How can you ever keep up when you’ve fallen this far behind? It’s like you’re waiting for the dust to settle but instead, it becomes a storm; a vicious howl around you. And you just can’t. Listen up, hero—I get it. You are weary.
Weariness. We’ve all felt it, haven’t we? Yet it’s not so easy to describe, because “I’m tired” implies you’ll be okay with sleep. But you won’t. Because weariness is beyond that; it’s like inspiration—the very breath of your soul—is being sucked from your lungs, and you don’t know how to get it back. How do I know? Well, I’ve been there, too. Right now, in fact.
Some days creativity comes easier than others. It’s always nice when the stream is flowing and the words and colors and ideas are coming, but we all know it doesn’t last forever. Sometimes you don’t feel creative. Sometimes, you might even wonder if you’ll ever feel that way again.
When I was in high school, I focused all my spare energy on writing novels. I wrote and wrote and wrote; hundreds of thousands of words. And at first it was easy. But there came a time, shortly after I graduated when I stopped writing almost altogether. It was like the spark of passion I’d had had gone out.
“What are you going to do?”
If you’re a college student, that question is probably as familiar to you as the air you breathe. Even if you’re still in high school, you’ve likely heard the same thing. What direction are you going to take your life?