by Bill Gough, Insurance Hall of Fame Agent
You are responsible for how you live your life. What happens to me and you is determined by the choices that we make.
Sure, I understand things happen.
Both good and bad. Both awesome and tragic.
It is how we respond that determines what is next. I try to remember to stay humble during good times and look for something good that can come from the bad times.
People who are on the self-improvement path understand that their thoughts and actions play a big role in what they get out of life. Without taking responsibility over your life, self-improvement is nearly impossible.
Try to think of self-improvement as trying to reach 98% bug-free. In order to successfully repair your inconsistencies, you need the right tools.
I want to share a few tools that were my “Aha!” moments:
- 30 Day Trials. Commit to an idea for thirty days, every day. If you mess up on Day 29, you go back to the start.
Your habits matter. Focus on changing your thoughts and exploring new habits. As the old saying goes, “If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always got.” Changing habits is important for learning about yourself and continuing to grow as a person.
- Writing out Goals. A goal doesn’t matter unless it is on paper. I write out my goals. I write out my plans to reach those goals. I take action. GPA Baby (Goal, Plan, Action) has been a motto here at BGI Systems for many many years. Don’t let your emotional compass decide whether something would get done that day.
You need to define what you want before you can achieve it. Many people go through life aimlessly, without a clear destination in mind. We need to identify our goals, values, and priorities in life before we can achieve them. We shouldn’t just work hard but work hard on the things that matter the most to us.
- Breaking Down Fears. If something terrifies you, break it down into smaller pieces and swallow one piece at a time. Train yourself to be courageous and to have the willpower to move forward. It only takes a few seconds to walk through your fears.
The present moment is your place of power. The decisions we make and every action we take reflects in the present. When we are attuned to the present and the choices we have, it will help us control our day-to-day actions.
I’m still finding new tools, but the fact that this list is small shows that self-improvement doesn’t need to be overly complicated.
One good tool, if practiced, can repair most of our “problems”.
Nobody can be perfect. There is immense value you can get from repairing those inconsistencies.