I just watched a Nike commercial that truly moved me. It is very simple. The camera is up ahead of an overweight runner. You’re able to see the road travel along below the camera and ever so slowly the runner is getting closer to the camera. At first, I thought it was going to be an older gentleman trying to make a change in his life. The voice keeps talking in the background about overcoming struggles and there is greatness within each of us. Regardless of what you’re trying to accomplish there is greatness within.
As the runner continues to get closer to the camera my first assumption begins to change. This guy looks young… He keeps getting closer, he looks really young. Then the voice says “find your greatness!” At that point what was once a silhouette becomes a boy. The boy is struggling to run, but he’s running. He has determination on his face, but questions in his eyes. I know those looks, I’ve seen through those eyes.
For the first time this young boy is learning what he’s truly made of! He’s committed to himself to find his greatness and he can see it is within his reach. The determination is there, but the questions are still there…
How long will I have to do this?
Why am I doing this?
Can I really be great?
Does anyone really believe I can be great?
As I watched this commercial, I saw myself as a young kid. A kid who dreamt of being great, but didn’t fully believe it was possible. Now, as I write this, I am almost 36. I still don’t know if I’ll achieve greatness, but 6 years after losing over 120lbs, I feel I am still on my way.
Greatness is within each of us. Find yours and go for it. You have an amazing story to tell, it is time to start writing it with the actions in your life.
Find your Greatness!