“Not only am I constantly seeking better performance but also to be a better person, to be respected.” – Yani Tseng

Hi WF Family,

Growing as a person takes more than just speaking it into existence. It takes small, daily changes that will make that transition into your better “self” easier. Here are a few ways that anyone can become a better person with practice.

  1. Evaluate How Much Time You Waste

Do you ever consider how much time throughout the day you waste? The uncoscious time we spend playing games on our phones and swiping down on Instagram takes up the amount of time we could have read a chapter on an interesting book or studied a new language. Okay, yeah, maybe the language thing would take more planned study, but you get what I am saying. We all have 24 hours in a day, but what we do with it every day determines where we are a year from now.

2. Tell Someone About Your Goals

If you are on this site, you probably have a list of goals that you are working on. How many of those goals have you discussed with others? I myself am learning to share a few goals every so often. Of course, you don’t tell strangers details about your goals but sharing a few things of yours to your friends will make you accountable. If they are good friends, they will keep you working on your goals and ensure that you stay motivated. It is easy to be unmotivated when you aren’t accountable to anyone but yourself. The more people who know, the less you can slack off.

3. Speak Less, Listen More

A lot of the surprises we have in life aren’t because they came out of nowhere, but rather because we were too busy to notice the signs. We have two ears and one mouth yet we do more talking than listening! If we take the time to listen more than we speak, we may learn so much more about people and situations and make the necessary decisions needed to sole problems – without many surprises. Take this lesson into your every day life and see how your life changes.

4. Call Friends/Family Instead of Texting Them

If you look at your phone bill, look at how many texts you have sent out compared to how many calls. How many of your friends and family haven’t heard your actual voice in months? For me, it is many. Imagine a world where we picked up the phone and called one another before we sent out instant text messages that don’t convey to anyone that they are important. Luckily for you, this is so rare nowadays that if you were to call some of those people in your phonebook spontaneously, you would probably make their day. It takes effort to call someone and talk to them. Sending someone a text is as easy as breathing. Which one do you think is more valuable to human interaction?

5. Make Your Parents Feel Appreciated

I only heard of this for the first time from my Uber driver home a few nights ago. He spoke about how we do not value our parents and the sacrifices they made to make life easier for ourselves. He told me he works all day and then never misses out on driving to the other side of town, having tea with his sick father and only leaving his parents’ home when his father falls asleep – no matter the time of night. He said that we should get into the practice of thanking our parents for life on our birthdays and showering them with gifts, rather than expecting gifts from our parents. They brought us into this world and raised us for years, so they deserve the praise, not us.

Until next time,

Live Long and Prosperous.

J.M.

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