You are you and nobody else is.
"Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive that is Youer than you.
One of the toughest aspects of being truly alive is realizing that you are truly yourself and nobody else can be you for you. The simple truth, as well as the challenge, is that we have to be personally responsible for who we are now, in this situation, with the world that we live in. We have to be willing to step up and choose to be the best version of ourselves so that the world has a great example of how they can be the best version of themselves.
The choices that you make, the chances that you take, the world that you create are simply a result of you choosing to interpret things the way that you do. As you go through life, you begin to experience things. You have experiences with parents, teachers, leaders, siblings, politics, or whatever that happens to be around you. You look at the event and you think, what could I correlate this to? Could this be something that is good, or bad, or means nothing? You search your memory banks for what has happened in your past, if anything, that you can connect this with. As you filter through the past meanings that you have given to your life events, you choose a label of meaning for whatever is going on right now. Those who choose helpless meaning end up helpless. Those who choose positive meaning end up positive. Those who choose to look for good, or look for bad, tend to find exactly that.
Once you have chosen what you want (I did say want and chosen) the event to mean, you then make a choice about your response/reaction based on the label that you have given to the event. So, that is... the event happens, I filter or create meaning for the event, which then sets the path for the choice that I make next. The only thing in this process that you might not have control over is the event itself. The rest is what you are choosing for your life.
What do you want in your life? Do you want to be you and be a shining light to help the world know that this earth is a great place to live? Or, do you want to label things negatively and choose to be unhappy, and serve as an example of how to not enjoy life? It is not your circumstance, who the President of the United States is, who your boss is, or how much money you have that ultimately matters. It is what you choose to do and the manner in which you choose to live that makes the biggest difference.
Go be the best version of you possible today! In fact, be Youer than You!
To Your Success,
Tod Geisel woke up one day, frustrated with the challenges that kids had in reading as well as their inherent lack of desire to read. He decided that it was time that he made a difference. It wasn't time for someone else to do something that helped someone. It was time for him, Tod, to do his part. He approached his boss about the dilemma and indicated what he, an illustrator not a writer, wanted to do.
His boss looked at him and through a bit of conversation indicated that he needed to write something in such a way that any 6-year old could understand it. He provided him with a paltry 225 words, most of which were two syllables and few of which were verbs. Some of us would have looked at the limitation and said, "I can't do it! There aren't enough words." That isn't what Geisel did though. Instead, he looked at the narrow list and embraced the challenge. He found two words that rhymed and that sounded fun to say together. He then began writing a story with a rhyme that would forever change the way that kids learned to fall in love with reading. Tod Geisel, whom we know as Dr. Seuss, first penned The Cat In The Hat, and published it in 1957.
His ability to engage young readers and create fond memories of reading for older readers changed learning by connecting it to fun. Being inspired means asking a better question. We have to ask ourselves what we can do NOW with what we have NOW. Instead of trying to figure out what we need to have in order to get started, we need to realize that our job is simply to reveal the story in the limited list of words. the cat was always in the hat, but Geisel had to put the words in the right combination with the right rhyme in order for the rest of the world to see it.
What is the story that is inside of you? Are you looking at your limitations to come up with why it won't work, or are you looking at the narrow scope that makes it easier to reveal the story that has always been there? It is your focus, not the limitation, that determines what happens next. Focus on what you can do to move things forward instead of what is in your way that might be tough to overcome. As I was walking last night, the thought hit me that there really are no limitations to the person who is unafraid.
Geisel, Dr. Seuss, was unafraid to accept the challenge and move forward. Are you unafraid? Will you face whatever fear stands in front of you to reach the story of who you could be on the other side? Go write a great story today!
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Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.