Now, who are you? I mean, if I were to ask you “who are you?”, you’d probably give me a standard response, what you do for a living, where you live, maybe a couple of your interests. But really at the core, who are you, and have you taken time to actually write that down?
So that’s one of the things I want you to do is grab your journal right now. Write down, “Who am I?” Write down what comes to your mind … What comes to your mind, and what comes through to your heart. Who are you as a person? What are your values? What are your interests? What are those things that move you and gravitate you to a higher level?
On the flip side, what I want you to do is write out, “Who am I not?” So what are those things that are indicators in life that you’re going down the wrong path? Things you want to stay away from? Do you want to make sure you’re not a selfish person? Do you want to make sure you’re not greedy? Do you want to make sure that … You’re making sure that you’re not doing drugs, or not eating unhealthily. Whatever it is, everybody’s going to be different.
What’s really important is to know who you are, not worry about what I am, but who you are. Also, what I want you to add on to that are, “Who are your role models?” Who are those people in your life that you look up to? Who are those people that you strive to, their values, their relationships, their body, their mind, their businesses? Those are the people that you really want to look up to and you’re striving to them because something you see within them.
On the flip side, who are those people that are your anti-role models? Who are those people that you see, whether they be in the public sector, celebrities, or people around you that you just don’t want to be like? They’re like anti-role models, you want to stay away from them. Now, if they’re in your life now, get rid of them immediately. They’re like a cancer. You want to get rid of those people. You can learn just as much from somebody who’s successful as you can from somebody who’s not successful, but at the same time you don’t want to hang out with those people that aren’t successful, because you are the sum of those five people or the people you spend the most time with, really.
So that’s what I want you to do today. It’s a really quick and easy thing to do, but at the same, just like most things in life, because it’s quick and easy to do, it’s easy not to do. So don’t let yourself be in that situation. This is also ideal for a high school student, someone in college, at that early stage of life, but also at any major stage of life, this is a great exercise to revisit.
So whether you’re turning 40 or 70, whether you’re going through a divorce or you’re just getting married, this is a great exercise to revisit, making sure that you’re on the right path. You’re with yourself every day so you miss those micro-changes, those micro-developments. That’s kind of when you look down, all of a sudden you say, “Hey, I’ve gained 40 pounds, what happened?” Or, “Man, I lost a language.” Or whatever it may be for you, or “my business is failing”, or “my relationship’s failing”.
All of a sudden … It doesn’t happen overnight, right? You know this. It happens over time in these micro-moments. So checking with who you are, and making sure you’re following that path and staying away from who you’re not is a key element to becoming the author of your own story.
So do these four exercises today, and of course, build your tribe, right? You are the sum of the people you spend the most time with, so the conversations you have matter. Share this with at least three people right now. That way you can grow your tribe and show them that you are becoming the author of your own story and you want that same thing for them.
That’s it for me today. Remember, go out and be the author of your own story.
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