"Greatness doesn't happen by chance, nor does it occur in a vacuum. Greatness comes from, first, a passion for what you do; and second, a clear understanding of what you can and want to be best at.
The third component involved in any great story about someone going from rags to riches, overcoming adversity, achieving success in any area of life is a personal Code of Honor, a set of personal rules and agreements that they are unwilling to compromise.
Do you have a Code of Honor for you? What are your rules? To what do you hold yourself accountable? Who the heck are you?
You see, because when all the smoke clears, they can take away your money, your possessions, your friends and even your health, and what you are left with is your honor.
In those terms, what is your Code of Honor? I have found that the most powerful people are not always found on the cover of Newsweek, Fortune Magazine or Sports Illustrated.
Sometimes they may be sitting in the office next door. They are those who have decided in life to take a stand about who they are, what their standards are and who the want to be without regrets.
My suggestion is this: If you haven't don so already, sit down and look at your financial life, your health, your relationships and your values, and create your code. What are you willing to commit to for yourself and your family? What do you stand for?"
Try this exercise. Answer each of the following questions in the form of a list:
What am I most passionate about?
What can I be best at?
What do I want to be best at?
What do I stand for?
What do I want out of life?
How can I achieve my goals?
Who do I know that has what I want (or admire?) Why do I admire them?
What do I see as unacceptable behaviors for successful people?
What do I dislike? What would I like to avoid?
What are my necessities in life?
What should every person try at least once before they die?
Can you think of any more questions? Use your answers to begin to form your personal code. Once you have your code you will find a new level of focus and a more defined path to achieving your life goals.
For more about creating a Code of Honor please refer to Blair Singer's book, The ABC's of Building a Team That Wins or his Code of Honor Training Kit.