Be your best self. Four words never held so much weight. What qualifies this exactly? How do we know as people if we are functioning at our best potential? What is the barometer if you will determines just how well we are navigating through life. The bumps and bruises we accumulate over time can sway our opinions about ourselves to the point of insurmountable self-induced suffering. It may seem a bit overwhelming but I am here to help alleviate some of the pressure. One of the best gifts I have received was Stephen Coveys, 7 Habits of Highly Successful People. My intent on reading this book spanned over several years and when I finally had the opportunity to read it the wait was well worth it. Ultimately it changes my outlook on how to be my better self.
What works well is being principle centered. Stephen compiles an excellent list of what it means to be principled centered and how it helps us to be our best self. I will not go through the whole list, but I suggest you buy the book but here are some key components in a nut shell. Wake up every day with purposeful intent, in other words be ready to be the best phone operator, bus boy, secretary you can. One of my most coveted life mottos is life is a journey not a destination. Covey suggests that people should view life as endless possibilities. Keep growing, learning, pushing yourself to immeasurable limits. Ask yourself what is the next step in your journey, are you finally going to take that creative writing class, learn to garden, knit or re-visit a long time goal you pushed to the side because “life” got in the way. I propose to you today to jot down a list of what you value most in your life and how you can incorporate those values into living a more principle centered life.