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Almost every morning, one of my good friends starts the day by telling everyone to “be great”. Seems kind of vague. Like, what do you mean be great? Should I impress my boss today? Do something extravagant today? What exactly does it mean to be great?

First off, no one is born great. Achieving greatness is based off of a decision to be great. It doesn’t happen over night. But like all of your desires, wants and dreams, it is something that you have to work towards everyday. When you wake up in the morning, you have to motivate yourself. Tell yourself: today, I will do one small thing, but it will be a great thing. Believe in yourself. Speak positively and confidently.

After you decide, you need to make a plan and then act on it. Execution is imperative. Being great means you can’t be lazy. I repeat (to myself), you cannot be lazy!

What do you create when you’re great? Being great doesn’t mean you have to create something “new”. Honestly, what is new anyway? Everything nowadays is recycled. The key is to take an idea, use your gifts and passionately make it your own.

And while you’re at it, how about looking great. This is something I had to realize myself recently. When you look great, you feel great. And oftentimes, people will take you more seriously.

It would be remiss of me not to mention to surround yourself with the greatest of people. Not in a creepy groupie kind of way, either. The people in your life. Your friends. You think they are great, right? I hope so.

Here’s an exercise:

Write down all of the reasons why you are great. No, this doesn’t make you arrogant. Sometimes, you have to encourage yourself to be great.

What are you going to do today in order to be your greatest self?

I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was.

– Muhammad Ali