I am reading an amazingly inspiring book called Unlimited, by Jillian Michaels. The book is a very positive stance on steps to be more confident, positive, and to find your passion. I’m not finished the book yet but already it’s uplifted me and gave me a few things to think about and remember day-to-day.
1. Do Unto Others
One of my favorite quotes in the book so far is “Be one of the good guys, so life will be good to you.” Jillian is expressing that if you choose to gossip, label, and tear people down then life is going to treat you the same way. Therefore, don’t be jealous, envious, or mean. Instead focus on your own life and ways to improve the things you see in others, in your own self.
2. Put your ego aside
Our egos get the best of us. It’s what acts up when we feel treated badly, when someone says something isn’t good enough, when we are fearful of something. “A bad day for the ego is a good day for soul.” We all go through things, but sometimes its good to step back and realize that in situations where your ego is hurt, that you will learn from this situation. That you should learn from the people you are surrounded by or the person hurting that ego. It makes your stronger.
3. Failure is ALWAYS an option.
No one is perfect. How boring would life be? Jillian constantly refers to a phrase “comfortable numb”. She explains that this is the status people take on because they don’t want to risk anything, they don’t want to feel hurt or sadness so they do NOTHING. Not everything we do will work out the way we want it to. But, if we at least give it a try to see it through to finish, we will learn a little something more about ourselves.
4. Learn who you are.
Jillian spends the first part of the book asking readers to find their passion. What are you meant to do with your life? What makes you happy? She references a quote from Steve Jobs, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” I’m a believer in finding your passion, it is the root of your being. You will never be truly fulfilled if you don’t know who you are.
“Only when you have analyzed the situation, minimized the risk factors, and taken all steps to ensure success, then and only then do you jump.” Don’t make your own life a guessing game. Make sure you know what you are getting involved in and follow your gut. Be focused. Plan.
In Health and Grace,