What does it mean to be great?
This is a question we have been sitting with quite a bit here at Blue Osa.
Of course, there is no one answer; greatness can mean any number of things for different people in different life situations.
As a business, some might equate greatness to profitability. The more money your business makes, the more successful—and therefore great—it must be. Just take a look at the Fortune 500. Surely all those businesses would be considered great.
However, here at Blue Osa, we’ve always believed that greatness far transcends numbers and balance sheets. So then what is it? Providing a five-star experience to all our guests? Offering a space for life-changing experiences? Or is all that still just a start at achieving greatness?
While reading up on the topic of greatness, we stumbled upon this relevant quote from Asymco:
“Greatness is to goodness as wisdom is to smarts. Just like getting smarter and smarter may never make you wise, getting better and better does not always mean becoming great.”
There is a lot of truth to that statement. Greatness is different than just being really good at something. Many people and businesses are masters at their craft, yet they still fall short of greatness. Maybe we can’t even explain why.
Greatness is perhaps more a feeling than anything else. We know greatness even if we don’t know the exact characteristics that define it.
So we return to the initial question. What does it mean to be great and how can we begin to define greatness?
At Blue Osa, we believe greatness is about profoundly influencing and changing the world for the better—whether that’s in the lives of our staff, our guests or the environment around us.
How can we do more than simply provide a great experience, and instead contribute to the betterment of ourselves, our communities and our planet?
We all have greatness within us. The more we can pull out and build up one another’s greatness, the better we become in return.
Because to be truly great means to inspire greatness in others. And what better way to do this than through the practice of yoga.
Yogi Aaron explains that “when we quite our minds, our dharma, or life’s purpose becomes awake and we can direct energy towards that life’s purpose.”
Although it’s easy to forget in our world of Instagram selfies and fashion yoga brands, the practice of yoga is not about the asanas (or poses.) The true purpose of yoga is to reach a higher consciousness. By quieting the fluctuations of the mind, we can stop identifying with thoughts and feelings and instead begin to experience our true selves—and how our deeper self connects with the world as a whole.
At Blue Osa, we want to be more than a beautiful retreat center. We want to step into our greatness by being an international center for leadership and yoga teaching that ultimately helps YOU to discover your purpose and live in YOUR greatness.
How can we get a little better each and every day? This is the question we will continue to ask ourselves on our quest to greatness.
If you’re ready to leave the status quo behind and find greatness in your life, one of our Yoga Teacher Training programs might be the perfect next step for you.
Whether you’re at a crossroads in your life or simply looking to push the boundaries of what is possible in your life, a yoga teacher training immersion is a unique opportunity to discover your calling and say yes to your soul’s deeper purpose.
Together we can elevate the vibrations of ourselves, our communities and our world. Because true greatness has nothing to do with the individual person or business, but the lasting impact they have on the world around them.
About the author:
Casey Siemasko is a content marketing consultant, travel blogger, and wandering yogi. An entrepreneur at heart, she is the co-founder of the award-winning travel blog A Cruising Couple. Besides yoga and travel, she enjoys wine tastings, being outdoors and taking on new hobbies. Follow Casey on LinkedIn and Google+.