When you wake up in the morning, who do you see looking back at you in the mirror? This infamous adage has been a staple of our society for generations. Anytime you hear an inspirational message, you can nearly guarantee that the speaker will challenge the audience to look inward. Or as pop music would tell you, “The Man in the Mirror.” As the song goes, “if you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change.” We are told to consistently challenge ourselves to be better and do better. However, what if I told you that merely challenging yourself on a daily basis isn’t enough?
Investing in Yourself
Although this saying might be overplayed in our society, this is a proverb I firmly believe in. It is vital to commit to and invest in ourselves, personally and professionally. One of my greatest fears as a man, husband, father, leader is to look in the mirror and feel anything other than proud of the person I have become. There is something intrinsically motivating about committing to yourself and your goals; waking up each day and committing to learning and developing yourself further.
The Importance of Negotiation in Daily Life
Here’s the catch, it is not enough to maintain the discipline of self-development. I cannot count the number of times I have woken up in the morning, and the tempting thought of skipping a day or “doing it tomorrow” calls to me. The late, great Kobe Bryant once mentioned that the key to his success was never allowing a negotiation to happen with himself. That one made me think, how often do you negotiate with yourself every day? How many times have you looked at your calendar and said, “Oh, I still have time! I will do it tomorrow!”? Speaking for myself, too many to count. I am here to tell you that in order to truly be one step ahead of “The Man in the Mirror” is to create routines, disciplines, and mindsets that elevate you every day. Creating an internal culture of improvement allows you to aim for success and greatness. Committing to daily growth, rather than just challenging yourself, creates a self-fulfilling prophecy.
My question to you is: How likely are you to implement the changes necessary to surpass who you are today?
Are You Ready to Start Today?
Start with asking yourself these questions:
- What areas of your life are in need of improvement and self-development?
- What subjects and topics interest you enough to forego entertainment options instead of focusing on learning pathways that eventually make you an expert in a specific field?
- Who in your life will benefit from your decision to commit to self-development through learning pathways?
Make the commitment today to be one step ahead of the “Man in the Mirror”!