I purpose daily to read several leadership blogs & intentionally post positive quotes. This morning my chosen quote stirred my thoughts. This is actually the purpose. Too many times we try to tell people what to think instead of inspiring or empowering them to think on their own. Here’s the quote:
A few years ago I learned about three little words that have the potential to create a catalyst for change. Be, Do, Become. These can be practically applied in any area in which we desire change. The process is relatively easy. Begin with a choice of what you want to change or who you would like to be. Now let’s not get crazy & want to become another human! Perhaps there is someone who is a role model to you. What is it about them that you want to emulate? Do they speak well in front of others? Are they kind, generous & thoughtful? Are they known for how they serve others? Do they exude a healthy lifestyle? Are they physically active? Are they disciplined in certain areas of their life that challenges you to raise the standard in your own life? Are they a great parent? Whatever it is, choose to glean specific info from an area. This focus will include reading specific subject matter from credible sources. Exercise discipline regarding this change by putting it into daily or even more incremental practices. A book that has changed my life in so many areas, The Slight Edge, provides tremendous wisdom in how to implement & enforce this. During your waking hours, purposely think about this change. One of my favorite Bible scriptures instructs us to call those things that be not as though they were. I like to refer to it as the Speckled & Spotted Principle! One of my favorite books, the ant & the ELEPHANT teaches us about the power of the conscious vs the subconscious mind. You have probably read how many world renown athletes see themselves batting that home run, or shooting that winning hoop, etc. There is something powerful about visualization.
The second step is to Do what it is that you want to change. If you are following a mentor or role model, do what they’ve done to accomplish their success. This can start as small as setting the microwave for 5 minutes, look at yourself in the mirror & give a speech. Said speech can be just telling the person in the mirror how wonderful they are! What if it’s writing a book? Begin a blog. Becoming healthy? Cut out fast food except for one day/week. A marathon? Start running at the local high school track or park that has a trail. How about a treadmill? A simple way to begin running if you’ve never done it is to walk 5-10 steps, then run 5-10 steps & increase this, yes, incrementally, until you are running. There are, of course, amazing apps to help you too. Whatever it is….DO something!
Finally…..look in the mirror. Who do you see? Better still, who have you become? Confident? Happy? Healthy? Competent? Courageous? Empowered? Free? In the process, I can’t promise easy, but I can promise it’s totally worth it.