When I was six, I got into the pattern of helping because my mother used to come to me for comfort and advice.
Seeing her in pain killed me. I wanted to help her all the time.
She’d often fight with my father and these fights would sometimes end with slammed doors and dishes being thrown across the room.
And when my parents divorced, our money problems not only weren’t solved, they actually got worse.
That got me thinking about why people fight, aren’t happy, and don’t get along.
And so my desire to help others became stronger and stronger.
When I was only 12 years old I read ‘The Great Gatsby’ for school.
Jay Gatsby had written a list of things he wanted to work on to improve himself.
Guess what? I thought that was a really cool idea. And I made a list of things I wanted to improve about myself.
From that day forward, I was driven toward working on my personal growth and, one day, it suddenly hit me…
…I realized that my strong desire to take other people’s pain away, was really my own quest to take my own pain away.
Just writing down a few things I wanted to improve about myself triggered a deep journey of discovery within me.
So, let me ask you: Want to improve something about yourself and have a big AHA! moment?
As I see it, there are three ways to live life:
- As a rock, where life is static.
- As taffy, where change happens, but at a really slow pace.
- As water, where you flow with the situation, adapt and succeed.
Sure, nobody starts off as a master, you start as a beginner.
The best baseball hitters strike out more often than they get a hit.
In fact, if you’re really, really good, that means you’ve fallen and gotten up more times than you can count.
Success is inevitable, but so is failure, and failure is the bricks that pave the way to success.
If you want to succeed, you have to be willing to roll up your sleeves, and do the work.
Are you ready to make the list that will help you pave your way to mind-blowing success?
Grab a pen and paper and have an intimate talk with yourself.
With all the love in my heart,