A famous quote states “we cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.” If your goal is become a better person, such as a better parent, leader, mentor or teacher, then the first step is to learn to do better. Our aspirations to improve, to grow, to keep doing better is what keeps us moving forward.
The time to start is today. Ask yourself these 4 questions. Ask them with courage, answer them with truth, and put into use what you learn from them.
What do I sound like?
Listen to the things you say - to others and to yourself. The way you sound is the best indicator of how you think. Learn to select your thoughts, and the changes in your speech and demeanor will follow.
What do I still need to learn?
Feeling that you already know everything you need to know robs you of your ability to learn more. Make a list of what you specifically want to learn. If you are unwilling to learn, no one can help you, but if you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.
Whom do I need to forgive?
Where in your life do you need to apply forgiveness? And where can you let go of anger? Today you can become a better person by starting to right the wrongs in your life. Whether it's yourself or someone else, make today the day to forgive so you can move on.
Do you have an attitude of gratitude?
Look back with gratitude for who you are and what you have. What are you happy for in your life? Don't just think about them but actively be grateful for the good things - and for the bad things as well because they bring you strength, growth, and empathy.
Every day you have a brand-new opportunity to be a better person than you were yesterday. When you pay attention to those opportunities and make the most of them, your reward will be a life of amazing growth and accomplishment.
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