To live my life and write my story on my own terms. To be present in each moment. To seek to inspire and influence those I am privileged to encounter on my journey. To understand that regret is not a part of my journey because I choose to continually grow and learn each day from all decisions made; good or bad. To be intentional with who and what I allow into my life.
Let’s use money as an example. Money or specifically, more money, is something most of us dream about acquiring. How many of us have included a financial planner or wealth manager in that dream? More importantly, how many of us have looked at our finances to identify the habits you have that are detrimental to your financial goals? Have you done the deep dive into your money management habits? Not just the obvious surface spending habits, like I need to stop buying Starbucks coffee every day. I mean the real uncomfortable
I acknowledge that you have changed in 10 years, even if it was in minor ways or just physically. What I think is a harder absolute statement to make, is that you have grown in that same timeframe. What if you asked your family and friends to share ways they believe you have grown in this timeframe? What do you think they would say? Is there really a difference between change and growth? Arguably yes,
Too often we try to fit into a box; fit what we think people want us to be. It is in those times that we diminish our self-worth and authenticity by being someone we are not. How many times can you identify when you didn’t weigh in because you were afraid to be seen as loud, controlling, a know-it-all, or a brown noser? How many times have you kept great ideas or solutions to yourself because you believed your role was to make someone else feel bigger?
I do not believe that there is a right or wrong way to assess yourself, but I do believe it is imperative that you challenge yourself to look deep. Being self-aware isn’t easy but it is an invaluable experience.
"One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility."