I have become judgmental & negative the last few years.
In part because I find many people in today’s world to be self-absorbed and inconsiderate which has created in me a default mechanism to “everyone around me sucks”. But there are good people in the world so I am on a new mission in life to be a better version of myself.
Less judgmental mainly.
I am working to give people the benefit of the doubt and remind myself of 2 key facts…1. I am not without my own faults (those who work with me will attest that I’m not the easiest person to be around sometimes. Don’t believe them, then ask Evelina.) and 2. I don’t know what others are going through at the moment I’m judging them.
#2 is really important for me to remember because I don’t really know what others are going through and being kind could help them in ways I’ll never know.
In 2014 I began this journey on Dream Big Dream Often. I didn’t have many goals when I first started, other than taking over the world! Seriously, all I wanted to do was build a platform that would allow me to purge my soul and mind. I was curious as to how many people might relate or hold valuable the beliefs that I held as critical for my life.
Along the way this blog has taken a life of its own. People from all over the world read my scribbles and I am still awestruck by the fact that hundreds of thousands of visitors find my site each year. Who would have ever thought a guy living in North Carolina could reach so many people!
The main purpose of me running Dream Big has been to inspire others. To lead by example and try to express to my readers that life might be tough, but humans are tougher. If we aspire to inspire we can do amazing things.
I believe it is so important to live an intentional life. At my core I must know that I’m making a difference. I must know that I am seeking to add value to the world around me. I must know that there are people out there who read something I’ve written and say “If this idiot can do it, then I can do it!”.
I have my own opinion on living an inspired life. A few of the things I believe encapsulate this are:
A deliberate focus on helping others.
A willingness to put the needs of the team above the needs of self.
A willingness to step out of the comfort zone and do something meaningful and long-lasting.
The courage to stand on principles and have an opinion.
Of all my thoughts on inspiration these are the ones that I believe help drive me.
I’m curious to know if you think it is important to live an inspired life? And what other factors might you add to my short list?