In 2012 when Nike ran their Find Your Greatness campaign I could not have been a bigger fan. As an athletic person with northwest roots, who has spent a great deal of my youth and adult life in the hometown of Prefontaine, to say that I already had an affinity for Nike is an understatement. This campaign just took me to a whole new level. The commercials featured children pushing themselves to the max of their emotional and physical limitations; challenging the viewer to do the same. With each ad I found myself cheering the kids on, wanting give them a fist bump, a gold star or a medal for their efforts. Four years later I still use this concept as a challenge to myself and others to strive for greatness.
Greatness for me involves supporting others to succeed. In my work I challenge people to find their idea of success in a way that is meaningful to them using my Gold Star Standard of Success. This standard includes three points I have found to be central to success: a person’s mind, body, and business. In addition, these three points are grounded by two points or values that the individual identifies for themselves (i.e. love and faith). The five points together make up the Gold Star Standard of Success.
Success, just like wellness, requires a holistic approach. Imagine a star missing one of its points and you’ll get my point! In my professional development trainings and individual appointments with clients we discuss in depth the importance of each of the identified areas. I encourage you to take a moment to reflect on the greatness you are striving to achieve. What are the two points that ground your gold star? How can you order your life so that all five points are present? Just like the children pushing themselves to find their greatness, I believe each of us as adults can find it too by creating and earning our own holistic Gold Star Standard of Success.
Erin U. Starkey, LCSW is a consultant, wellness practitioner, and speaker currently living in Chicago, IL. Fun Fact: her wardrobe consists of workout clothes and dresses, and not much in between. Find out more about Erin by visiting www.erinustarkey.com.