You are what you are until you decide to become different than you are. It is a hard thing to change but it can be done. It just requires you to make a commitment and then do the work necessary to change your circumstances and your life.
I was recently speaking with a friend of mine about the current pandemic that we find ourselves in. We were talking about how things were going with business, work, and life in general.
One of the things they said they were doing was watching a lot more television. They rattled off all of the shows they had watched. It was quite impressive.
I shared with them that I had been working out a lot more. Instead of working out 60-80 minutes a day, it was more like 90-120 minutes a day of focused workouts. In addition to more walks around the city where we live.
The conclusion that I have come to and you already know this as well. We default and become more of who we are even during times of uncertainty, success, failure, and life as a whole.
My mentor explained it to me this way. He said you have to decide if you are going to be a charitable person or not. He said the amount of money you have or don’t have doesn’t matter. You can be charitable when you are making fifty thousand dollars a year or a million dollars a year.
You are either charitable or not. If you don’t create the habits and mindset to be a charitable person now while the stakes are lower, you definitely won’t do it when the stakes are much higher.
Many people are setting around saying to themselves “When I _______.” Fill in the blank.
- make more money, I will invest more
- make more money I will give more
- have more time I will volunteer more
- am not raising kids I will go back to school
I am not sure where you are in journey but you have to decide now, the person you want to be and then do whatever it takes to start implementing the habits and decisions that will make you that person.
There is no “there” out there. You don’t magically arrive one day. Life is an evolution. You have to continue to evolve, but the first step to evolution is to decide who you want to be.