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W.I.N. Wednesday: Lessons From Life's Most Powerful Question - Changing humanity. Where to start?

"Everybody thinks of changing humanity, and nobody thinks of changing himself."

  Leo Tolstoy

We want to change the world. We want to change humanity. We want to change our organizations. We want to change our teams. We want to change our relationships. We want to change our circumstances. But, we are often unwilling to change ourselves. Why? Because in our mind we are not the problem; everyone else is. 

If change is necessary, which it often is, start by asking yourself, "What piece of this do I own?" 

The next step is to ask yourself, "In what ways do I need to change myself in order to start the change I want to se in ______________ (the world, humanity, my organization, my relationships, my life). 

Gandhi advised us to be the change you want to see in the world. I am going to challenge you to be the change you want to see in your organization, in humanity, in the world and start by changing yourself. 

That change starts with asking yourself:

  • Who are the five people I spend the most time with in my life, and in what ways are they influencing me?
  • What am I reading?
  • What am I listening to?
  • How am I growing each day?
  • What am I doing today so I can ensure I am better tomorrow than I am today?  
  • Am I looking after my body by getting exercise every day, getting enough sleep and eating healthy foods?
  • What did I do today to intentionally invest in the lives of other people?
  • In what way did I leave my organization better off today as a result of my efforts? 
  • How am I modelling the change i wish to see?

Too often we are told that 'I' is somehow a selfish word. Meaningful change however, needs to start with 'I'. It needs to start with looking inward. It needs to start with you. 

Take care.

Brian Willis

Committed to the pursuit of excellence through Life's Most Powerful Question - What's Important Now?

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