My life changed when I decided to be a little better every day. Little habits or advancements performed every day lead to unbelievable results. Thomas Edison’s quote “If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves” hangs on my bathroom mirror. Those things are accomplished by making small steps forward…but how did I get here?
I used to be someone who didn’t believe in themselves despite having success at an early age in different things. I would become obsessed with different games, I would learn everything I could, and would become an expert at those games.
But despite some successes in those games, I didn’t feel successful at life. I felt scared and unsure of myself.
Life changed at 19 when my confidence was at the lowest and I faced the decision before me. I figuratively had fallen, do I decide to stay down and continue down this path of unhappiness, or do I rise like a phoenix from the ashes.
I looked at myself and tried to see what was good instead of what was bad. The best in me was my ability to learn. I had always performed well in school, but that wasn’t really my skill my true best skill. I was able to quickly learn a new game and become great at it.
Games at their core are an activity with a set of rules. So I asked myself the question is life any different than a game? Turns out, not really. The first thing I wanted to learn was how to be happy. As with the games I learned, I started researching as a much as I could and began trying different things. The most impactful things I learned or did were:
- Shift my mindset from inaction to action (fear of failure is usually the thing holding most people back)
- Write down a list of things that I believed would make me happy and do one thing to make myself a little better everyday
- Eliminate the habit of questioning myself with all the reasons I won’t succeed…I got rid of this by keeping a rubber band on my wrist and snapping it whenever I started to have these thoughts. Like a lab rat, I learned to stop.
It worked. I remember crying in the mirror because I was truly happy roughly a year after I started out on this endeavor.
I recently tried the philosophy of trying to think about what I would I care about from my death bed and those things were:
- Does my death create financial hardship on my family?
- Are my children and grandchildren equipped with the life skills they need to thrive?
- Have I created a legacy by helping people become happy by learning from my life’s experiences
Over the past decade, I’ve learned so many things that I think would be helpful to people but it all starts with getting a little better every day. This blog will be focused on daily posts to help you get a little better every day on a broad set of subjects including health, finances, and mental strength.
Please join me in the process of becoming a little better every day, and I promise we will astound ourselves along the way.