Imperfections Are a Part of Life

by Bill Gough, Insurance Hall of Fame Agent

Some people feel that because being perfectly consistent with our values is impossible, there is no point trying to repair our inconsistencies.

I have always tried to notice the differences between my philosophy of life and my behaviors. Now, I am nowhere near perfection but even in just a few years I’ve made improvements.

Here are a few of the inconsistencies I’ve repaired over the past few years:

  1. Being a Slob to Being More Productive. Productivity and organization are important to me. I was a messy, undisciplined procrastinator. Over the years, I have focused on building and training myself on the right habits to stop being a slob and be more productive.
  2. Became More of a Reader. I read constantly. The more you read, the more information you take in. Make a habit out of reading some type of positive material each day. I recommend the first 15 minutes when you wake and the last 15 minutes before you go to bed. This will help you begin and end your day positively.
  3. Being a Night Owl to Being an Early Riser. I read about the potential benefits of waking up early for productivity, I made the switch from waking up at 7:30-8:00 am back to 6:00 am-6:30 am.
  4. Starting and Ending my Day with my Creator. What you feed your body, spiritually, emotionally, and physically directly affects your output. If you put in negativity, you will only generate more negativity. Commit today to generate positivity in your life and the lives of others.
  5. Daily Time Management Contains One Great Paradox. No one has enough time, and yet everyone has all there is. Time is not the problem; the problem is separating the urgent from the important. My day is planned with appointments including phone calls to control my time rather than just winging it letting people and daily events dictate how my day goes.

I point out these changes because none were immediate. It took WORK to make the changes.

Sometimes, from an outsider’s view, nobody sees that effort. I get comments from people that assume I was born productive. They don’t see the failed attempts I had in implementing. There were days I slept right through my alarm or my 5th month of failing to exercise.

Self-improvement always starts with self-awareness and the ability to transform your habits. It's the quest to make ourselves better in any and every facet of life.