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Chris LoCurto


April 24, 2013

What’s Keeping You From Being Great?

April 24, 2013 | By | 50 Comments">50 Comments

Some believe that greatness is defined by the response of the masses to a person or group. It is my belief that greatness, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

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I believe that greatness is not defined only by affecting great numbers of people, but by affecting even one life the right way can make you great.

As I teach and coach people across this country, I commonly find folks saying that they don’t know how to be great. I say this, if Tim can do it, so can you! You just need the RIGHT inspiration.

Watch this less than three minute video and then answer my question to you:

What’s keeping you from being great?

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  • Wesley Wiley

    Incredible. The only thing keeping me from being great is the space between my ears. As Steve Backlund says, our past doesn’t hold us back, our wrong beliefs do. May 2014 be the year of no more self-limitations.

  • Kathy Leicester

    Reminds me of the song that goes “Ain’t nothin’ gonna break-a my stride, Nobody’s gonna hold me down, Oh, no! I’ve got to keep on movin’!”

  • Jon Stolpe

    Wow! What a powerful video. What keeps me from being great? Probably…lack of confidence and lack of intentionality at times. Thanks for sharing this, Chris.

  • Jonathan Harrison

    For the longest time, comfort with the present prevented me from becoming great.
    But Excellence is a direction – and I’m running towards it!

  • Joshua Rivers

    I’m trying to find my excuse. I know I left around here somewhere. Apparently I can’t use one, then.

    So, what’s stopping me. Well, besides staying busy looking for excuses, I guess I’m the only thing in the way. I’ll have smack myself around a little bit and get going.

    I’d have to say that being good stops me from being great, too. I work hard and reach a certain level and then stop. Because I have arrived at the place of Good Enough.

    I may have to watch this video when I wake up every day so I have no excuses.

  • Becky Brett Caldwell

    WOW! OK first of all, you will be sorely missed on the Entreleadership podcast. I’m sure the “other Chris” will be great, but it’s hard letting go of the originator.

    Second, this. Was. Amazing. I can hardly wait to share it with my volunteers, board members, and friends.

    What’s holding me back? I always feel like I’m not doing enough, and so I push harder and take on more responsibility until I burn out. I am terrified of failure, so I will do whatever it takes to not fail. And that makes dealing with the times I do fail that much harder.

    • Joshua Rivers

      Ditto on the EL podcast. CLo will produce more great stuff in other ways, though.

    • Jon Stolpe

      I agree. I was surprised to hear that you had left, but I’m sure God has great plans for you Chris! I look forward to hearing where things go from here.

  • Aaron Nelson

    Wow!!! What an ispiration, Chris! Thanks for posting this. I’m sharing it with my social network – which is basically all the people here, hehehe.

    What’s keeping me from being great? Other fine folks here have said it, but I’m going to write it for myself to look at and read, and look at and read and look at and read…..well…you get the picture.

    The thing keeping me from being great is ME, myself and I. Shame on them! No more holding back!!!

  • Jaselyn

    First: I’m sad you won’t be doing the Entreleadership podcast anymore, but I’m glad you’re still posting awesome stuff here!

    Second: I’m held back by me. (Haha, aren’t we all?) I think that I’m held back by standards that are too high, or by thinking that I have to be different from who I am to be successful–personality-wise, strengths-wise, whatever. And I’m also held back by the fear of being successful. It’s more comfortable to do what I’ve always done because at least I know what will happen next. If I go out on a limb and try something different, that’s scary! I might fail, and then my poor, fragile ego might get bruised! It’s easier just to stay safe and mediocre.

    Fortunately, I’ve had bursts in my life where I’ve learned to overcome that, or I wouldn’t be where I am today, but it still has a pretty strong grip on me a lot of times.

    • Aaron Nelson

      Totally true Jaselyn, we stay where we are because we fear failure. I was watching a clip from a show called Celebrity Splash. (Famous folk who have no experience diving, get trained in a few days and compete with each other.) Anyway, one of the contestants said something interested as they prepped for a dive – I’m terrified about what I’m about to do – but if I don’t take risks, it’s game over for my career. (Not exactly word for word, but the idea is there.) No risk taking = no career.

    • Jana Botkin

      WHAT?? Chris not doing the Entreleadership podcast anymore? How do you know this? Why didn’t I know this? What else don’t I know? (prolly don’t want to know what else I don’t know. . .) Is someone else going to do it? Is Chris going to do something else?

      Hmmmm, what is holding me back may be lack of information.

      • Leo J. Lampinen

        Chris is doing the EL podcast, but Chris LoCurto isn’t. The podcast that was released today with Jon Acuff, announced that Chris Hogan is the new host.

        • Jana Botkin

          Thanks, Leo. Intermittent internet means I am not keeping up. Maybe it will work tomorrow and I can listen while I work. I did hear CLo’s interview with Iron Jen and he mentioned that he was starting another business. Clearly I’m out of the information loop these days!

          • Leo J. Lampinen

            It’s all good Jana, I know how that goes sometimes. I picked up on it during the interview with Iron Jen also and have been looking for an answer since. I’m glad it was discussed in the newest podcast because there was no mention of it on the last one.

          • Joshua Rivers

            He went out on his own back in January, but there wasn’t much said until a couple weeks ago. He alluded to it on my podcast and on Jen’s, but he talkes more about it on Beyond the ToDo List. It was officially announced on the recent EL podcast

  • T60 Productions

    What a great way to start my day. Thanks for sharing that one Chris.

    –Tony Gnau

  • Adonis Lenzy

    WOW. Thanks for sharing this Chris.

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  • Bob Winchester

    What else can I say here….that was way too cool!

    The only thing holding me back is, pride, self pity, laziness, and fear. Ugh!

    Nothing should be holding me back, clearly! Thanks for the reminder this morning!!!

    • Aaron Nelson

      Wurd Bob!

    • Jon Stolpe

      Sounds like it’s a good time to read Jon Acuff’s new book, Start.

  • jbledsoejr

    This is great! Real nice, real encouraging! Perfect for humpday! Thanks for sharing Chris.

  • Joel Fortner

    Each time I watch this, I love it more!

  • Lily Kreitinger

    This story is SO awesome!! This boy is a gift to the world indeed!

    • Lily Kreitinger

      And… what keeps me from being great is the false belief that I’m not good enough, talented enough, experienced enough… tall enough (HA!)

      • Joshua Rivers

        Hey, you’re definitely tall enough :)

    • Bob Winchester

      Please note that there is no mention of what kind of food he is providing. Just goes to show you that people love being loved!

      • Jon Stolpe

        I bet he serves tacos. I love tacos! :)

  • T. K. Stewart

    Another reminder of why I have no excuses…thanks for sharing, Chris. Very cool story and great motivation.

  • Glen Evans

    Ah, that was refreshing! So what’s my excuse? I have nothing keeping me from being great. Small steps done everyday = greatness.

  • CabinetDoork

    OH Yeah! Thank you for sharing this, Chris. I’m sharing it now!

    • Bob Winchester

      Oh, good point! I was so personally inspired by this, I almost forgot to send it along. ;)

  • Matt McWilliams

    Fear of being 98%.

    If I can’t be the best, why try at all? That’s what I hear too often.

    98%…not that I need to judge, but last time I checked, being better than 98% means I am in the top 2%. Achieving 98% of my goals every time is success. If I make 98% of my income goal every year, wow. It’s not like I am setting goals to barely make it.

    But that 2% holds me back a lot. More than I like to admit.

    I love that video Chris. That IS inspirational indeed. Way to go Tim!

    • Joshua Rivers

      So true, Matt! Fear of “almost” or the all-or-nothing attitude is a killer!

    • Jon Stolpe

      I agree, Matt. I think it’s easy to let fear keep us from greatness.

  • Kent Lapp

    (clears throat multiple times and says) I’m glad I’m in my office by myself right now. If that doesn’t bring a certain moistness to your eyes not much will… Thanks for sharing!

    • Lily Kreitinger

      I’m right there with you. It’s raining indoors here!

      • Kent Lapp

        To have the enthusiasm for life as Tim does. Wow. Thing is this life doesn’t last forever. If we don’t get excited now when will we??

        • Lily Kreitinger

          I love his hug counter and how he says “the hugs are better than the food”

          • Aaron Nelson

            Ditto. That totally rocks! I’m wondering how I could get me one of those….

            • Bob Winchester

              I’d drop one in the mail for ya, if I could buddy!

              • Jon Stolpe

                New Mexico is a long way away from Pennsylvania. Maybe he’ll open up a restaurant out east.

          • Jon Stolpe

            Yes. How do you think that would go over in your place of employment?

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    • Aaron Nelson

      Totally Kent – what an inspiration. I LOVE it.

    • Jim Ryan

      Yup. wow

    • Joshua Rivers

      Definitely inspirational!

    • Jon Stolpe

      I agree!