If you knew then what you
know now, would you have done things differently? You'd probably say
yes. Honestly, I doubt it. Merely having knowledge would not change your
ways. You must value that knowledge first. And what you value now might
have meant nothing to you in the past.
I can relate to that. I
used to ignore the health aspect of my life, when I was younger. Then,
some people I know became ill and, sadly, some of them died of illness.
My attitude changed. Now, my family places a lot of importance in
Often, it requires some
eye-opening jolt, perhaps a painful or tormenting situation, to make
you change or affirm your values. Have you lost someone you love? Losing
that someone can make you realize how valuable that person was to you.
Rough times do that to you; they make you wonder what is truly important.
So, are you facing
difficult times? Think of it this way: it's not trouble, it's growth! For example,
you may have suffered losses in business, investments, or personal
affairs. They're not really losses; they're tuition for your education.
You have the choice to use that knowledge to move forward. That's because THERE IS NO
FAILURE, ONLY FEEDBACK* (says Robert Allen).
Take some Jim Rohn
advice: Don't wish that it's easier; wish to be better. Don't wish
for less problems; wish for more skills. Don't wish for less challenge;
wish for more wisdom**.
One more thing. You don't
need a distressful experience to recognize what is truly important to
you. You can make your choices now, no waiting required.
But if you need
reminders, just reflect on your recent past. Say, you just met someone,
or witnessed an unusual event, or read a thought-provoking article
(perhaps this one). Are these a calling for you to grow? Only you can
Allen, The Road to Wealth. More at http://www.oneminutemillionaire.com
** Jim Rohn, The Art of Exceptional Living. More at www.jimrohn.com.