STRIVING TO BE A BETTER VERSION OF YOURSELF…Introspection Time with JBM

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THE year 2020 has got me reflecting on what I believe has been deposited in me by my Maker and whether I have been living to that expectation or not.

I realise there is still room to do better, achieve higher and display an epic performance in various areas of my life than has been the case. This resonates with the inner truth I hold, that every human being has the ability to be a better version of themselves if they wish to.

Life never ceases to offer lessons that can transform someone for an epic and positive value-adding influence, whether the experience is negative or positive. The current inspiration is born from the fact that over the years I have witnessed my life evolve in several areas I never imagined.

This article is for people who believe that they are meant for much more and that they can stretch further towards greatness and impact within their circles and beyond. Joel Osteen, an

American Pastor and Author once said, humans have been wired to grow, improve and evolve in every area of their lives. In life you actually never tend to arrive, but continue to stretch knowing you can experience beyond what has been achieved already.

Becoming a better version of yourself therefore, is a process that start from a point of making a decision of who you perceive to be achieve. According to Tonny Robbins, a motivational speaker and philanthropist says becoming a better version of one’s self is a process of letting go of anything that you believe limits your self-actualisation, and pushing forward to find the person you really are and meant to be.

In the same vein, Dilan Woon holds the view that becoming a better version entails one moving away from where they are while remaining willing to shred their old self.

The definitions above justify the fact that you cannot remain content and plateau at your current state. There is much more the world is yet to see and experience from you. This is because there is a God who expands your horizons along the way, because He is a progressive God.

This reminds us of 1 Corinthians 2:9, (New Translation Version) which states, ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him’.

Whether you are an entrepreneur, person of a particular profession, a student, a parent, a spouse, a leader, a daughter or son among others, you can strive to be a better version of yourself in ways that would surprise your world. Stretch your life and observe how you evolve over time, much to the effectiveness of your influence within your circles.

Remember, inside you are deep sited seeds of greatness waiting to be explored through your efforts of self-improvement and personal growth. Being a better version of yourself is simply mission POSSIBLE!

As you approach 2021, strive to be a better version of yourself in areas you deem deserving so that you remain relevant and an atmosphere changer on your world.

Remember, Nothing happens until you move’- Robin Sharma, ‘

The Four key decisions to be made among several others are:

  1. Decide to take an inventory of your life.

This entails looking out for areas in your life that retard or limit your growth and performing with efficiency and effectiveness. Jan Campbell, a strategy execution and change specialist says the process of self-inventory involves asking questions that are life-exposing. This may include physical, social, spiritual and economic segment of your life among others. Koya Webb – a holistic wellness and health coach suggests life areas such as relationships, health, career and spirituality.

Whatever the area, the question is what version do you envisage to become and its associated impact and influence? Which areas need that growth, stretch, improvement and transformation?

ii. Decide to set goals in various segments of your life

It is important to consider setting goals that are tied to specific targets in various segments of your life. Elaine Houston, a television anchor on NBC station, advises that goals ought to be actionable enough leaving a lasting behaviour change. This means further that something in your life should begin to shift as you strive to achieve the goals, or the whole effort will be in vain.

iii. Decide to wage war against Procrastination

James Clear-an author and speaker focused on habits looks at procrastination as a force that prevents you from fulfilling what you set out to do. A researcher and speaker, Piers Steel, advises that more than 95% of people experience procrastination to some degree. However this is a scourge that more often than not holds us back from achieving our set goals. It is an enemy of progress and hence the need to wage war against it.

iv. Decide to Incorporate Positive Habits

Positive habits are those regular rituals or actions one embraces as part of their daily routine meant to charge a positive energy to face the day. One of the deliberate habit

I developed at the beginning of 2020 is write down whatever inspiration I get at least three times a week. This has led to article writing to help others remain inspired.

Along all these actions it is always cardinal to maintain that feeling of interest and excitement of what you wish to evolve to, called enthusiasm. This enables you to overcome life’s challenges that come along the Way.

Robin Sharma’s suggested positive habits include reading, exercising each morning, maintaining a journal to jot down your inspirations or dreams.

Practicing gratitude each day.

Quote of Day

There are two important memories in your life; the day you were born and the day you find out why-Mark Twain.

For the next version of Introspection Time with JBM, Check Kalemba every Wednesday

By Joan B Mute

Joan B. Mute is a lecturer in Research Methods, Sociology and Law and Ethics in Public Health at the University of Lusaka (UNILUS)

For feedback or reactions, email me on [email protected].

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