It is Absolutely Impossible to Know It All

I know how to do a lot of things. I can add up columns of numbers in my head. I can write murder mysteries for our Halloween party. I can grow crystals on charcoal (a very useful skill…if you’re a science teacher). I can change a bicycle tire. I can lay tile. I can grow a vegetable garden.

But I often have a hard time admitting I don’t know something, especially when it’s something I feel like I should know. What I’m discovering though is that I want to be different. I want to be able to ask more questions. If I can admit I don’t know all the answers, it is easier for me to learn.

The more I admit I don’t know, the faster I grow. I have developed so much over the past few years. I have achieved more than I ever thought possible and now I realize how much further I can go. I am more aware how I can get there, and it all starts with admitting how little I know.

By asking questions I begin to seek the answers. It is up to me to decide. It is up to me to admit that it is absolutely impossible to know it all. By admitting this I can choose to learn and grow. And there are so many ways for me to find the answers.

1. I read. I read a lot. I read books about growing as a person. I read articles about reaching goals. I pay attention to the message that is being conveyed, but also how the authors choose to share their points. I’m studying not only their lesson but also their method for conveying the information.

2. I connect. I connect with people who have qualities I want to possess. I connect with others who have achieved goals I want to achieve. I learn from both their successes and their failures.

3. I take risks. I take risks instead of always playing it safe. I risk failing instead of letting fear hold me back. I put myself out there. I share my thoughts and ideas and open myself up to criticism. Because I know that the only way to succeed is to allow myself to risk failing.

4. I meditate. I meditate to clear my mind of all the thoughts that clutter it, the self-critical voice of doubt. I meditate to connect with my more creative ideas, the ones I can only reach when my mind becomes still.

5. I follow. I follow people on social media who inspire and motivate me. I follow people who are continuously putting positive ideas out into the world. I follow others who are an example, who do the things I want to do.

I choose to open my mind. I have decided to ask questions instead of pretending I have all the answers. I will do this today, and every day. Each day brings me closer to realizing my dreams.

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Get Motivated by Today’s Inspiring Message on Accountability

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“If you hang out with chickens, you’re going to cluck and if you hang out with eagles, you’re going to fly.” ― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

You Have the Power to Choose

One thing I talk about…A LOT…to friends, family, my kids….anyone who will listen and even some who won’t…is choices.  We do not have to be victims of circumstance.  Our lives are the result of the choices we have made along the way.  Yes, I admit that you cannot wake up one morning and choose to be a millionaire.  But being a millionaire isn’t a choice, it’s a goal.  The choices you make can either bring you closer to that goal or further away.

Maybe you think I’m full of crap (I’ve already admitted to being unqualified to give advice).  Maybe you’re reading this and thinking “that might be true for you but I’m just trying to feed my kids and every day some new problem comes up.”  Maybe this will be the last post of mine you ever read.

But I believe this wholeheartedly.

I admit, I have lived a privileged life.  I grew up in one of the best countries in the world.  My family lived below the poverty level, but we had a single family house (owned by the bank as is the American Dream).  My parents separated when I was 4 and I grew up with a single mother who, between working and struggling with depression had little time for her two daughters, but our friend’s parents took my sister and me under their wing and treated us as part of their family.  Things could have been a lot worse.

I tell you this so that you can understand where I come from.  My family did not sit around the fire reading the paper and talking politics.  We did not have intellectual conversations, and let’s face it, our generation is the first to really focus on “rules” for parenting.  We got by, as we all do.  We had our challenges, but so did those who were considered more fortunate.

I am grateful for the advantages I have had (although perhaps I wasn’t always grateful for them in the moment).  And I believe that every choice I have made has brought me to where I am right now….living a life I love.  So many people growing up in my circumstances might have chosen differently.  They might have foregone the struggle of college to start working or even gotten involved in drugs or alcohol (as my neighbor’s kids did).  Instead, I saw what happened when kids made bad choices (one of my neighbor’s kids died in a drunk driving crash on his 16th birthday), and I decided that was not going to be me.

I have not always made the best choices, but I have also managed to avoid the worst ones.  Every day brings me more opportunities to choose.  How will you choose?

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