How many times throughout the day, week or month do you respond, “I don’t know”? Think about it for a moment.
If you are like most people, you may have lost count after the first ten, right? So, let me ask…why don’t you know? Have your daily tasks become automatic? Are you bored and unmotivated? Has your resistance worn you down?
Being aware of what you are doing is a fundamental step in aligning your family, business and life. As you increase your awareness, you better understand your motivations, purpose and potential. You begin to consciously create your life with purposeful action.
So, how do you become more aware? Go to the experts, that’s how! In this instance, though, solid information won’t be delivered by your friend, colleague or even mentor or coach. No, this time, the expert is you.
You are the expert when it comes to your motivators, purpose and potential. You live with(in) yourself day in and day out. That’s 60 minutes an hour, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. There is no one closer to you than you! You hold all your own answers; you just need to activate your awareness to know the questions to ask.
To activate your awareness, consider:
Know who and where you are.
Identify who and where you are in this moment. Consider important influences in your daily life such as family, friends, finances, fun, spirituality, and work. What is it in your life that directs you to feel what you feel and behave as you behave? This understanding offers not just the opportunity to consciously choose what aspects of you life you’d like to change.
Know who and where you want to be.
If you could glimpse into a crystal ball and see your ideal life, what would it look like? Be creative and think big. There are no limitations here. Be sure to consider all aspects of your life including family, recreation, where you live, volunteer work, career – whatever you can think of that makes your heart spark. This awareness illuminates your purpose and direct you to say “I know exactly why I am doing this!”
Consciously create habits of character.
We are creatures of habit. Consciously creating habits that support rather than limit you is essential in squashing the “I don’t knows.” The habits that support are habits of character. The five habits that build and strengthen your foundation are Gratitude, Responsibility, Integrity, Unity and Service. These five habits direct your actions at home, work and beyond for ultimate success.
From the moment you wake in the morning to the time you lay your head to rest at night, direct your actions with enlightened awareness. Doing so will open you, your family and your business to a world of possibilities – a world of inspiration.
Imagine the possibilities. They are so vast that it makes you think that everyone should take steps to become more aware. I agree. Why aren’t they doing it?
Well, my friend, I don’t know.
Julie Watson Smith is respected leadership mentor dedicated to building strong communities of character that empower children to become tomorrow’s leaders today. In addition to being a sought-after speaker and trainer and certified character education specialist, Julie has created several programs that help children and their families turn leadership into a lifestyle through five essential habits of character.
Julie has also created the Character Coach program for those interested in a turnkey business opportunity. To sign up for Julie’s weekly ezine or to subscribe to her blog, visit her online at www.CharacterInc.com.