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What would I tell my younger self?

Do you ever think about what you would tell yourself 20 years ago?

We always hear the phrase “hindsight is 20/20” and while that is true, it is a very frustrating concept.  There is no way for us to go back and advise ourselves when making a decision, but we can agonize over what we could have done differently to produce a different outcome.  As a 61-year old professional speaker and former basketball coach, I have a lot of things I wish I could tell my younger self.  In the #CJJblog this week, I give you the top seven things I wish I could tell my younger self.  What about you?

  • Hire coaches. You are a coach helping grow others, so why don’t you hire a coach to improve yourself?  In order to truly be successful, you need to learn from others and I did not do enough of that.
  • Mastermind groups. Meet or chat at least once per month with like-minded individuals to bounce ideas off and exchange thoughts.  This will help keep your fire burning.
  • Find your “why” right now. It took me far too long to discover my   Put your personal mission statement down in writing and live your life according to what your why is.
  • Personal financial plan. Start saving early and develop good habits around money management.  Set goals, get out of debt, grow your retirement account, and take advantage of compounding interest.
  • Adopt a cause. Embrace a cause that you truly believe in and dedicate your time, talent, and treasure to support it.  This helps you find your purpose in life.
  • Service mindset. I like to coach and teach, but you will have a hard time getting anywhere in life unless you adopt a mindset that puts the needs of others first.  You can accomplish your goals by helping others achieve theirs.
  • Educate yourself for your family. Does a loved one have a specific interest?  Educate yourself.  For example, while my son was growing up, he loved Harry Potter.  Our relationship could have been much stronger had I educated myself and read the books.

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson will be delivering his first virtual presentation of 2021 on January 13th for The August Group, a networking group here in Rochester.  Check out their organization and register for the event HERE.

Life Tip #49:  Read your goals off an index card in front of a mirror at least twice per day

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