What does it take to be amazing? It takes work. Lots of work. Talent too…of course but, without a willingness to do the work—whatever it takes…you will never be amazing.
But if you are willing to do the work then you will have a chance to do a lot of good in the world.
To be amazing, however, is less about what you do and more about how you do it.
You must know your chosen craft deeply of course but to be amazing you need more than skills to deliver.
You need to touch people in a way that goes beyond the ordinary. It must touch them in a way that shifts their experience of themselves and the world.
And you really do need to do this. You really do need to be amazing! I want you to do it. I want you to be amazing. Indeed, the world needs you to be amazing.
So what does this kind of amazing look like? Simply put: Help others by inspiring them to become seekers too.
Your chosen field does not matter. Not at all. What matters is that whatever you are doing it effects others in a positive way. This is what will make you amazing.
And to do this you will need to do so with compassion and this is where the work is.
It’s not easy to act with compassion in the face of your own and others struggles but trying is enough at the start.
Compassion is the wish or aspiration that one or more beings be free from suffering and it’s causes.
Compassionate actions are those motivated by the desire to either directly elevate the suffering of others, to inspire others to do it for themselves, and or simply giving people the tools to do so.
And importantly, no where in that definition does it mention the need to be soft or gentle. This is not an excuse to treat others as you wish but, don’t be a pussy either! Those that have lived with Tibetan monks will know this.
If rough and gruff is required. Use it!
Do whatever it is that you do with compassion, and people will be effected by you. I can guarantee it. Not everyone for sure. But that’s ok. Not everyone has to like what you do.
So, show up with that intention. Pursue your activities with single-mindedness to change the world. Do so with a compassionate heart and you will effect someone out there.
Even if it is only one person. This is a good thing.
But know it won’t be easy. It won’t be easy to be out there, trying to get things done even when motivated by compassion and have people believe in you and help you achieve.
Why? Because people are at their own level. They might not be open to hearing what you have to say. Or they might simply want to do things their own way.
It’s not that they are not good people but, it is that they are not the right people for your journey. No matter. Move on.
In the end the only thing you can control is your mind, your motivation, and your willingness to show up and do the work.
Practice doing whatever you do with this compassionate heart until you embody it. It is just who you are and before you even reach that goal you will already be amazing.
Go. Do. It!