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If we want to change the world, we must first start by changing ourselves. Would it be ethical to constantly look at the problems around us and say to ourselves, "Well that's their problem, not mine"? With that attitude, how would we ever become a better person, and fix what is wrong in our world? Its not right to expect others to do it for us. We need to look at things as a team effort - one for all and all for one!
You see, the things that others do have a big affect on us. Here is one example: We go into our local store and along the way we notice a man that has been drinking by his behavior or smell. As we leave the store, we see him heading to his truck. Instead of us calling the law, and doing something about it, we simply ignore it. We're so caught up in our own world, that we don't want to be bothered by anybody. It's just too much trouble.
Then, the next morning while watching the local news, we see that exact same truck and a picture of the man in the store. He's hit a school bus, killing 30 kids and the bus driver. Now, God help us in that kind of situation. All of us have a responsibility to do something, right? Instead of doing nothing at all!
Remember there are 3 types of people in this world:
We must decide today, if we have not decided already, which type of person we are and what we want to become! It is never too late to change the path we're on and get onto another path that will bring us peace of mind. We can either decide to be part of the solution or part of the problem. It is up to us.
It is always better to have tried, than to never have tried at all. We will all have to live with ourselves and look in the mirror, giving an answer for the decisions that we have made in the past. Why would we want to choose to have even more regrets in our life, in addition to all the things we've only wished we would have done?
Our choices that we make today will affect our tomorrows. So, why not try to make good choices that we can feel great about making! If we do not take the time to understand who we are and where our life is going now, we probably will never reach our desired destination. We must understand the path that we are on and who we are, to be able to know how to make changes in our life. Most people do not stop and take the time to see what is right in front of them and what they must do to get what they want out of life.
If we are serious about changing ourselves, we need to do the following:
I encourage you today to sit down at a table and think about who you are. Write down the things that you see in yourself. We have to start with this type of self-analysis if we are ever going to bring the process of change into how we feel about ourselves. You'll probably start with the negatives, because that's what most of us humans do. We tend to see the negative before we see the positive. Get rid of the stinky thinking.
Now, while you are at your table and trying to understand who you are, it is important that you have a pen or pencil and new notebook. This will be your life notebook. You will need to be honest with yourself and write down the good and the bad you see in yourself. Call this the List of Good & Bad I see in me. When you have finished with our list you should have at least 10 good things and 10 bad things listed in you notebook. Good. Now that you have done this, try to think of what has caused you to become the good you see in yourself and what has caused you to become the bad you see in yourself.
Now, go to another piece of paper in your notebook. Call this The Causes of Good & Bad I see in me. It is important that you determine the causes and effects in your life as you begin a journey of discovery in self-improvement. When you journal the basic questions to ask yourself are:
Once, you start to look at you, and how you got where you are today in life, you will then discover how to get to be the person you truly want to be. It is important that you start to take inventory of yourself and continue to do this daily. If you do, you will be able to make simple adjustments in your life that will bring a greater feeling of self-worth.
I would also recommend that you start journaling today. When you journal the way you felt today, how you acted toward others, along with your accomplishments - you will then align yourself with your goals. You will start changing the bad you see in yourself, and getting more of the good in you. Self-esteem will soon be the gift that life brings to you, and you will become the master over your problems instead of being mastered by them.
In addition, it is recommended that you learn to pray for the guidance of God and understanding what you must do to become the person you want to be. It is important that you continue to see what is happening on the inside to create self-awareness. This will in turn help you to transform how you perceive yourself and our world. Then, the power to help others will become evident as you reach out to assist those in need.