Hello Thursday, my old friend. If you don’t mind, I would like to take full advantage of you today. The author begins today’s reading by talking about the fact that we need to be willing to take a step forward, change our mindset, and be willing to start writing our own story. Here are the steps he lays out on how to do that: Put yourself in the story.
“Most people don’t know, but it is easier to go from failure to success than from excuses to success.”
In a study done on 300 of the world’s most successful men and woman, which included Franklin D Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Winston Churchhill, Albert Schweitzer, Gandhi, and Albert Einstein, here is what they found:
Three-fourths of them as children were troubled by poverty, a broken home, or had horrible parents.
One-fourth of the sample suffered physical handicaps such as blindness, deafness, or crippled limbs.
“Adversity tried to knock these people out of their stories, but they did not allow it to.” Why? They were highly intentional. They had an incredibly strong purpose, and a why that could not be broken.
When people ask John C for advice on how to write a book, he always tells them to just start writing. To have a life that matters, you have to start. “Start with yourself. Your best story begins when you put yourself back into it.” It’s time to start being in the picture. Stop looking and start living. And the key is to start NOW! We talk about this concept all the time. There is never a perfect time to do something. I really just don’t think that exists. The only perfect time is the present. The only perfect time is now. Last night I sat at the office once everyone else had gone and I wrote down the 5 categories of balance. Physical, Emotional, Educational, Financial, and Spiritual. Then, I wrote down all the ways that I needed to improve in each of those categories. Then, I put together an exact plan of how and exactly what time I am going to start doing those things TODAY! I do not understand the mentality of waiting to be great. I do not understand the mentality of doing something half ass. I do not understand the mentality of sitting around and complaining about your circumstances and your life’s story. If you don’t like the circumstances, go freaking make them! And do not wait. Life is too short to live a shitty story.
I like this story, Cram