I read a very profound quote the other day, and it goes like this:
“You are who you will be 5 years from now, except for the people you meet and the books you read.”
The reason why this is so profound is because it is so true, so powerful, and so simple to implement. Well…simple may be the wrong term. Let’s dive into the deeper meaning of this quote. I hate to write and speak of my own experiences, but in this case I have to share. This past year, my 28th on this planet, has been the most amazing year of my existence. I have discovered more about myself, more about my abilities, more about those around me, and more about people than I have in all the other 27 years of my life. I feel wiser, I have more direction, and I have more confidence than ever before. Before I write any further, I want you to know that I’m not looking for a pat on the back or an “atta boy.” I want you, the reader, to evaluate yourself after reading. Back to my story…the reasons why my 28th year on this planet has been so significant are answered in the quote. I have read more uplifting and inspiring books this year than all of my other years on this earth. I have listened to more uplifting and inspiring CDs in my car, which I never did before. I have surrounded myself with people that are like-minded, positive, life-giving, wise, successful, and I have studied them and learned from them. I’ll get in big trouble if I don’t mention this; I also got married to the most lovely woman on the planet (Love ya darlin!) The result of all this “positive brain food?” Life-changing! It turned my whole world around, and my hopes are that you make some decisions starting today to do the same for yourself.
Here are some action steps to put things into motion:
1) Start reading a great book at night and turn off Jersey Shore and MTV’s Real World. It’s poor use of your time and doesn’t make you any better, probably worse. If I may, I’d recommend reading The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews first to set the table. I may be biased, but this book changed my life and it was because a dear friend and mentor of mine gave it to me as a gift.
2) Start thinking about those you hang around most. Think of the top 5. Are they the type of people that you are striving to be like? If so, you are on the right track because research shows time and time again that you are who you hang out with. Just like you are what you eat. Notice how I didn’t say judge. It’s not our job to judge anyone, but we can evaluate.
3) Eliminate negative people from your life. This is not always possible due to family and work; however, I’ve developed a keen skill that I’d like to share with you, and most men have genetically acquired this skill. Selective hearing! When people start getting all negative, and they are whining and swearing about circumstances and this and that; I tune them out. It may look like I’m listening, but all is here is Charlie Brown’s teacher.
To wrap it up, life’s too short to live nothing less than an extraordinary existence on this planet. Don’t settle for nothing less than what you began this life dreaming of becoming. It’s still all very possible. It’s a choice; make the right one.
Have a phenomenal Labor Day!