Life isn’t about getting more. It’s about becoming more. – Tony Robbins and here
What does that mean?
This quote, to me, is all about our human obsession with more. More money, more power, more influence, more toys, more stuff in general. In my opinion, too many people fall into this trap and spend their lives chasing after getting more.
This quote points out another option. OK, it forcefully states that the prior example is explicitly not what life is about, and that this second part is what life is about. And that is becoming more. There still is more, but we are being asked to get more of us, not more stuff.
The quote contrasts the use of the word more, and applies it not to our stuff, but to ourselves. We are the focus, and we can all improve some aspect of ourselves, right? We may be perfect in most parts of our lives, but there’s still a little room for improvement somewhere, right? 8)
Why is ‘becoming more’ important?
Becoming more is, in my opinion, our ultimate driving force. We may use our improvements to help us with our work, our passions, or with helping others, but our primary drive is to improve ourselves. At least that’s the way I see it. How about you? Is there no aspect of yourself you are trying to improve?
We might accomplish this by improving our physical abilities, our skill set (either perfecting an aspect of the skill, or expanding the breadth of the skill), or our minds. There are so many ways to improve ourselves, that the topic is quite literally endless.
Any professional is going to be keeping an eye out for a new tip or trick. Whether it’s a brick layer or a basket ball player, there’s always something new to try. Perhaps they are learning to set field stone or improve ball control. There is always room for improvement.
None of those improvements will get them more directly. They might earn more because they have become more useful to their employer or clients, but they improved themselves first. After that, they may well have been able to get more, but it is important to remember what comes first, right?
Where can I apply this in my life?
Personally, I believe we can apply this to any aspect in our lives where we have yet to achieve perfection. On a more serious note, we would likely limit where we worked on improving ourselves to aspects where we felt we were a little deficient or otherwise in need of improvement.
Other areas we might want to improve ourselves is in our passions. An avid gardener might want to find new techniques for growing with minimal soil, or ways to grow plants in areas they are not normally well suited. Have you ever try to grow tomatoes in the desert?
It can be done, but you need to become a better gardener. You have to learn new techniques, other ways to make things work. You need to become more creative, and learn to turn your disadvantages into advantages. There are ways, and things to learn. And, as always, there are experiments to try.
Now I’m not much of a gardener. I have the opposite of a green thumb. I’ve killed cactus and aloes. I don’t know how or why, it just happens. Eventually I would like to become better at that. Sometime when I have more free time. So I’m mostly focused on improving my time management and organizational skills.
Where in your life are you ready to become more? More what? That’s a personal question which only you can answer. There are many aspects in your life where you might improve, right? Interpersonal communication is one that covers a lot of areas of your life.
Grab some paper, and write down three to five aspects of your life which you would like to improve. Try to get something besides work on the list, right? What about your social life or your family life? What aspects of those areas would you like to become more?
This is an open ended effort, in my opinion, as I believe we are always in need of improvement in some portion of our lives. There is always room to become more, and that leads to a lifetime of learning and improving. You can look at it as a wonderful adventure or a terrible burden.
If you consider it a burden, I’d bet you’re ignoring your passions. Getting a high score on a video game may not advance the cause of world peace, but it is a skill, and is a worthy aspect for improvement. Just be sure you remember to work on other aspects of your life.
What are you going to do to become more today? So, what are you waiting for?
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