This week I want to talk about the “best version of yourself” you can be. Moreover, I want to talk about the meaning of that famous phrase. It’s touted in self-help books and seminars across the globe, but do you really know what it’s all about?
What the phrase means to instruct is that you identify your greatest qualities and accentuate them as often as possible – embody those qualities so you operate from your most powerful or resourceful place.
I want to give a few tools to help you figure out what that means for you, and what you can do today to start living the best version of yourself.
1 – Listen.
No, really, listen. The greatest version of all of us – individually and collectively – listens at a much better level. Many people feel their best when they connect with another person through powerful conversation, or simply being a shoulder to cry on. Do you have a friend you can tell anything to? It feels pretty good to confide in someone and have your voice heard, right? Well, return the favor. Listen to the world around you, and let the voices be heard. You’ll grow more than words can say the day you start truly listening.
2 – Have an open mind.
Close mindedness is a sure-fire way to cut off opportunities, relationships, and great experiences. Open it up… wide!
3 – Ask for what you want.
Truly, one of the most powerful attributes one can possess is the ability to articulate what one wants. When you go to a restaurant you don’t simply stare at the server hoping you get what you want, do you? No, you ask for what you want. Life is no different. Start asking!
4 – Respond instead of React.
This is a big one. Take a moment to pause before reacting to something that you may find upsetting. Instead of jumping into the negativity, discover within yourself whether it matters or not. Many, many people react negatively to situations that don’t matter 30 minutes later. They find themselves all worked up for no reason. When you respond instead of react, you give yourself permission to be in control of your emotions and your circumstances. Try it!
5 – Take on new perspectives.
Try looking at a situation from someone else’s shoes. This is the sister to the “have an open mind” point. Sometimes our chosen perspective causes us to assume things that simply don’t apply. Remember your truth may not be the truth… and not necessarily someone else’s truth.
6 – Ask the future you for advice.
Whenever you feel stuck, ask yourself what the “you” one year from now would say about it. What would 2012 Lauren say to you today? The same can also be said about what advice you’d give yourself if you could speak to the 2010 version of yourself. What piece of advice would you share with the Steve from last year? You will be amazed what comes out of your mouth when you answer a few questions from each perspective.
7 – Connect with giants.
David Ogilvy of Ogilvy & Mather (arguably the largest advertising firm in the world) sends a care package whenever someone new is appointed to run one of their global offices. Inside this package is a Russian Nesting Doll. Inside the innermost doll is a little rolled-up hand-written note. It reads, “if each of us hires people who are bigger than we are, we shall become a company of giants.”
Surround yourself with those that make you feel the greatest. Play in groups of people that are bigger than you – that you can learn from – that encourage you to be the best you can be.
Remember, the best version of yourself has a vision and is driven by purpose. The best version of you knows what he or she is fighting for. If you need help discovering what that might be for you, don’t hesitate to contact me. It’s never too late to discover what makes you happy, and what makes you feel alive!
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How do you know you’re living the best version of yourself? Share in the comments below!
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