Start with the Man in the Mirror

“If you want to make the world a better place, you’ve got to look at yourself and make a change”   – Michael Jackson, “Man in the Mirror. ”  

Simple but powerful…. it makes you stop to think deeper about you’re doing with your life.  How long have you been making excuses and avoiding the changes you know you need?

“The King of Pop” is credited with thirteen #1 hits, and has sung over 1000 songs – many are still unreleased to this day!  The exact number of songs he’s actually written is unknown!  “Man in the Mirror” was a huge hit and his motivation behind this song was to spread some “sunshine on the world.”  Out of all the hit songs that Michael Jackson did write…..this is NOT one of them.  In spreading this inspiring message he had help….it was actually written by Siedah Garrett and Glen Ballard.mirror

Everyone Hates a Backseat Driver

You’re in the driver’s seat of your life!  Isn’t it frustrating to have someone over your shoulder – constantly telling you where to go and what to do??!!  It’s hard to have a backseat driver in your car…. but it’s also hard to BE a backseat driver!  We’re not on the same page – and you know that helpless feeling as someone drags you down the wrong path –  it’s a nightmare!

There’s a difference between a good coach and someone who’s just telling you what to do.  If you’re working with a good coach, he or she is leading you somewhere where you want to go.  Much like a good parent, this kind of coach is truly helping you!  It might take time for you to see clearly at first, but whether you realize it or not  – he’s doing what’s best for your needs! 

Otherwise, there are plenty of people out there who selfishly seek for power and try to control people’s lives.  Find people who make the world a better place!  You’ll know them by their acts and contributions – they always put others needs first!

The Fabric of Society

The awesome message behind “Man in the Mirror” reminds us that we all have to make an effort – we can’t just wait for someone else to take care of all the problems.  Some people lead, inspire and motivate and do all the important things – or the dirty work no one else wants to do!  Like a shirt that falls apart as the thread comes undone, these kinds of people are the thread that holds together the fabric of society.  These people make changes and take initiative despite the criticism, negativity and having no real experience!  Without them, the rest of us would have no inspiration or leaders to follow.  Sometimes we never even learn their names.  But thanks to their courage and bravery, they leave behind a higher standard to follow!

Making changes requires humility, patience and the ability to ask for help – having the courage to try and fail – then do it again!  We’re not born with these qualities – they need to be learned and developed!

Start with Persistence & Inspiration

We need people to coach us, help us and continually guide our course.  There’s always someone further along in their journey of life.  Find those people, get to know them – whether in person or just by studying their lives.  See what it is that made them different – how did they stand out??

A common theme among anyone worth following, is that they faced adversity and lost!  Perhaps they failed even quite a few times….before breaking through!   But they never gave up!  They changed, they adapted, they moved on and found help somewhere!!  All along, they made the choices and remained in control of their lives.

Michael Jackson had other people write some of his greatest hits…. Mother Theresa lived a life in poverty as she helped many thousands live a better life….Mahatma Gandhi led India to independence and improved conditions for women and the poor through non-violence and peaceful protest….Nelson Mandela spent 20 years in prison for his beliefs before leading South Africa to end apartheid….Albert Einstein’s theories of relativity were huge scientific breakthroughs although his early school teachers called him dim-witted and slow to learn.  Countless school teachers, police, fire fighters, doctors, nurses and parents are heroes to children beyond number – but often nameless or unrecognized!

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” – Calvin Coolidge (US President, 1923-1929).

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