Clarify your thinking and ask yourself these questions.
Who do you spend time with?
The people you surround yourself with, or the individuals you choose to spend time with will influence who you become more than any other factor. The people around you will dictate what you do and what you do dictates who you become. The same rule applies for what you read, watch and think about. Your life comes to resemble its environment so choose your surroundings wisely.
Is this in my control?
Our feelings, thoughts and actions are within our control. While other people, the weather and external events are not. However, our responses to other people, the weather and external events are within our control, and it is important to make this distinction as it will make you happier, stronger and more successful because it will concentrate your resources in the places where they matter most.
What does your ideal day look like?
If you do not know what “your ideal day looks like,” then how are you ever going to make decisions or plans to ensure that you will actually experience that ideal day on a regular basis? It is essential to be aware of those activities you dread, and take inventory of the most enjoyable and satisfying days in your life.
What is the most important thing?
If you do not know what is the “most important thing to you,” then how do you know if you are putting it first? How do you know if you are taking the right steps to achieve it? Know yourself, know the answer, and own it! American author and financial journalist, Michael Lewis, writes, “the problem is the lying to yourself. You have to know and own whatever it is. Only then can you understand what matters and what does not.”
Is this who I want to be?
You are what you do so ask yourself whenever you are doing something; does this reflect the person I want to be? That I see myself to be? How we do anything is how we do everything. It is who we are. So ask this question about every action, thought and word because it adds up in a way that no amount of self-image or belief ever will.
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