Long have I attempted to make changes to my surroundings or worried about what others might think of me. This has caused me to make very calculated moves throughout my life. While these moves have not always panned out that seems to be mostly because of internal struggles I have with myself. It shouldn't have taken me years to come to this conclusion, but it seems that I cannot focus on improving my life or the lives of those around me without also working on myself and improving my own life and personal happiness. To that end, I have taken various steps including using life planners, calendars, to-do lists, journals, blogs, and more...let's hope that this blog sticks and you'll be able to track my growth as a person. Learn from my mistakes and maybe you'll find yourself faster than I managed to do.
One of the biggest influences in my life has been the people that I surround myself with. I am willing to bet that the majority of us will succumb to peer pressure at some point and let our friends convince us to do something we don't want to do. I have found that surrounding myself with a better caliber of person will only peer pressure me into doing more responsible things like going to bed early, participating in a charity, becoming a designated driver, or some other similar course of action. Sometimes people just need to get away from the crowd they have been around for so much of their lives. Reach out and find a new community to grow within. In Georgia, I have begun to speak with a local Free Masons lodge and will hopefully become a Mason myself. I feel this is a natural next step in my journey of self-discovery that will result in learning more about myself and simultaneously surrounding myself with a more responsible crowd of people.
One of the biggest ways I have managed to improve my life from day to day is to reflect on myself and my actions from time to time. The very purpose of this blog is partially to reflect upon myself, my actions, my thoughts, and my life in general so that I might learn from my experiences and grow into a better man all around. Self-reflection, I believe, is a very important step in realizing that something can be improved within yourself. This isn't something you can do once or twice, for I have noticed that the longer I go without reflecting upon myself the more I spiral into the chaos of each day. Following up and continuing to push forward is a fundamental part of owning a business and improving that business, so why would that not hold true when working on improving yourself? Whether you use a blog, a journal, or even meditation I highly encourage you to reflect upon yourself and your life as often as you can muster but don't stay stuck in the past...make sure you're making an action plan to move forward in your progression to a better person.
I hope you'll continue to join me in my journey toward self-improvement. Maybe you'll pick up a few tips and tricks along the way or maybe it will just help me continue to push forward myself. In any case, thanks for reading and be on the lookout for more postings.