So one of my favorite expression’s to use is AWESOME, I’m always telling people to go be AWESOME, I think it’s one part motivation and one part challenge. So when I tell people to go be AWESOME basically I’m telling them to be the best version of themselves that they can be, and never accept “Can’t” as an answer to any of their challenges they face each day.
But I got to thinking, which is usually troubling in itself, “What if people don’t know how to be AWESOME?” I may tell them to go be AWESOME today, but if they don’t know how to go about it then it pointless, it’s like a teacher giving a student the answer to a question, but not teaching them how to go about solving it. So listen up kid’s class is now in session, I am going to give you some of the tools you need to solve the question of how to be AWESOME.
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” –Mark Twain
Now first thing is first, you must be willing to accept the mentality that there will be people along your journey that will try to break your spirit…don’t let them, the weak minded will always try to bring the strong willed down to their level…Rise Above!
Being truly AWESOME will require you to initiate, take the action necessary and chart your own course through life’s inherit mediocrity.
Nothing in life that is of any value will come easy to you, so be prepared to put the work in. Everything that you do during your day should be done at one hundred percent, half-assers deserve nothing, if you truly want to be AWESOME then always work hard at everything you do, your job may suck, but it’s the only job you have right now so go all in, look for something better somewhere you truly want to be, but until that day comes bust your ass, it shows your character and you will just feel better about yourself.
And about that job, let’s focus on that for a moment…Here are a few things that will help you stand out and look AWESOME!
Showing up to work is expected. Showing up early, prepared, and with a good attitude is remarkable.
Present solutions, not problems. If you can present solutions to other people’s problems, you’ll go far. Contribute big ideas, including some that you know are likely to fail.
You’ve probably heard this before… “If you want to get something done, ask a busy person to do it.” To be AWESOME, be the busy person who gets things done.
Okay enough about work…How about being AWESOME in your relationships? Yes, this is a given, if you want to be happy and successful in life you need to surround yourself with Happy and Successful people, you know, equally AWESOME people just like yourself.
Here is a novel concept, over-deliver in your personal relationships. Give more than you get. Never end up finding yourself in a relationship debt.
Never make excuses about being too busy, not having enough time, etc. People who are AWESOME make time for what’s important to them.
Once in a while you will screw up, we all do it, but when you do try apologizing like this…
“I’m really sorry. It was completely my fault. I hope you’ll forgive me, and here is how I am addressing this in the future.” This type of apology shows you are taking responsibility and you value the other person enough to try and avoid it happening again!
We all get busy from time to time and we forget about commitments, so if you forget to do something that you had committed to do but then remember it later, fix it right then, and do it as soon as you remember, don’t keep putting it off, that’s not very AWESOME at all!
When bad things happen, you can forgive the following: mistakes, weaknesses, shortcomings. (No one is exempt from these things, even AWESOME people.)
Practice the art of radical exclusion with people who waste your time. This is NOT being impolite – it is showing respect for the people you have committed to serve.
Remember that people will basically act the same no matter who they are around. If the people you hang out with are always complaining about other people, chances are they probably complain about YOU too. The point is… Don’t put others down when they’re not around, or at least make sure you’re comfortable with whatever you say being repeated.
Reward the behavior of other AWESOME people, and stop rewarding mediocrity. Tip extra for good service at a restaurant. For the rare occasion when service is awful, don’t tip at all.
When you find yourself in a conversation with someone who likes to argue all the time, you may be tempted to respond in kind, but you’ll regret it in the end. Just walk away.
Always focus on core motivations. When presented with a request, analyze the situation by thinking about exactly what the person wants from you. (Hint: it is not always what they are explicitly asking for.)
Keep up the positive momentum. Look to the future, not the past. Remember yesterday was yesterday, it’s done, it’s over, focus on today because today is the only day you have, tomorrow is never guaranteed to you, so live in this day, the only day you really have!
Never be a critic without presenting an alternative. Remember that no statues are erected to critics, and no one is remembered for shooting down other people’s ideas.
Well these are just some simple ideas for you to keep in mind as you go about your day trying to be AWESOME…You got this, you truly are AWESOME!!