“Your circumstances are temporary. Your character will last forever.” - Rick Warren
As I finish off another book this year, This Is How We Rise by Claudia Chan, I am left feeling inspired to reevaluate my purpose, vision, and the resilience and energy to get me where I want to go. I will let you check it out for yourself but the biggest takeaway I learned from the book was that the world is bigger than any one of us alone. Rather than thinking of ourselves first, we must think about things from a me-to-we perspective, bettering the lives of all those around us, and not take a self-centred approach.
The quote above was taken from the final chapter of the book and couldn’t ring more true with the life I try to live today. I am a business owner, attempting to get my feet off the ground in a highly populated and competitive field and don’t always feel like I have it all together all the time. However, developing a strong and positive character and reputation will be something I know I can always have on my side. Life can change and have its ups and downs at the flip of a coin, but it is those who work on bettering themselves who will be able to appreciate all it takes to get to where they want to go, regardless of current circumstance. I know that one day, hopefully sooner rather than later, when I can feel confident with the direction my brand is heading, I will have a positive community behind me because I am taking the time to build relationships with those around me and a positive reputation that make people able to trust me and my process.
In a world where I will admit I don’t love all the time, with social media, filters, and instant gratification, this quote should be posted all over for everyone to remember. Imagine a day where Instagram disappeared! Would we really still be interested in the influencers we follow if they have no opportunity to post the perfect picture for us to double tap on? Do we follow people because they have all the latest and greatest to tell us about online or do we truly believe they are good people? These things don’t have to be either or but I think we get lost in the shiny objects and forget about character.
Although my Discover You community is small but mighty in its infancy, I know that what we have is special. People are getting to know one another beyond the smile when they walk into class. Clients are becoming friends after sweating it out beside one another. This is what it is all about.
It takes no money to be a decent human being. It requires no fancy gadget or gismo. Our lives will change and opportunities will come and go, but what will last is the way we make people feel.
What are you going to do this week to foster positive relationships with family, friends, or clients to leave a positive mark?
Yours in self-discovery,