Now, I’m kind of a typical guy. Often times, I fantasize about saving my family. What if somebody were trying to do something bad? How would I stop them? How would I wrestle them to the ground and beat them up or do whatever I have to do to make sure my family’s protected? To be honest with you, this is something that’s kind of weird, but, admittedly, I think about this almost every single day. I play out these fantasy scenarios about me saving the day, helping rescue somebody, not even just my family. How do I make the world a better place by using my athleticism or whatever it is to go save them? I have these weird kind of action hero fantasies. I don’t know if you have these kinds of things in your head, but I certainly do.
I know I’ve shared this with other guy friends of mine, and most of them look at me like I’m crazy. I probably am, but I definitely do. When you look back through history, how often have good men … When I say men, I mean good men and women. How often have we just sat on the sidelines and watched? Slavery, the Holocaust, genocide, all these things happening in the world that we disagree on, but we don’t do anything. Well, that’s not enough. It’s not enough for me, and it’s not enough for you. If you’re here with me today, you’re on a journey. You’re on the journey to author your own story, to write your own script, write out how you are as a hero. Now, what would your hero do or your heroine? What do they do in these situations when bad things are happening? I hope they step up. I hope they don’t just watch and talk about it. I hope they step up and take action.
What I want to know from you today, right here, right now: How are you going to take action? This could be in your own life. How often are we the own villains in our own stories? We self-sabotage. You know, we’re on a diet. We say we’re going to lose weight or we’re going to gain muscle or we’re going to get ready for that athletic performance, yet we sabotage our diets. We don’t show up for the workout. It’s easier to go to happy hour than it is to hit the weights. I know. I get it. I’ve been there. Now, how often in relationships do we find what we think is the perfect mate, the perfect partner for us, yet we self-sabotage that relationship because deep down we’re just scared? We’re scared they’re going to find out who we really are and the skeletons in our closet, so to speak. We all have them. Come on. We all have them. We’ve all been there. The villain inside of us, that evil person. I won’t say evil. That’s not the right way to say it, but the villain, the part of us that self-sabotages our real goals and intentions. Why are we just watching? Why aren’t we taking proactive action and actually stepping up?
Now, maybe you’re like me and you want to take that to the next level. How are you stepping up in other areas? In your community, are you a leader in your community? First of all, I say be a leader in your family. Be a leader for yourself, then be a leader for your family, then a leader in your community, then a leader in the world. I want you to have all that and then some. What I invite you to do, right here, right now, grab your journal. List out where are you actually just watching and letting the villain, letting the evil actually continue on in the world. Start with yourself. Always start with yourself first. Once you’ve written that out, this is a great exercise for you, once you’ve written that out, now look at your family. Where are you? If you’re married, look at your immediate family and then extend that out. Now once you’ve looked at what’s happening within your family, are just you watching? Are you in the stands watching this evil come or just talking about it?
What about your community? What’s going on in your community? How’s the homeless situation in your community? How’s the economy doing in your community? How’s the environment doing in your community? Then take that a step further and expand out to a larger scope. What are you doing to make the world a better place? Start with yourself first. That starts with becoming the author of your own story. The first step to this, which I ask you to do almost every single day, is writing it down. By writing it down, you can actually bypass mechanisms in your brain that try to protect you. Write it out like it’s a story. Then, when you read it back, make sure it’s a story that you want to read. We’ve talked about this. Seize the day. Live your life day by day, moment by moment, and make sure it’s epic just for you. That’s it for me today. I look forward to hearing from you. As always go to AuthorofYourOwnStory.com, where you get the latest tips, tricks, techniques delivered right to your inbox. I will see you tomorrow. Have a fantastic day. Go out, inspire someone just by being the author of your own story.
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