What is your best version of yourself?
Really think about that.
What do you stand for?
Before you ramble off the oath you took when you received your badge or star, I want you to dig deeper. Take a moment and write it down. Then, look at it every day and make sure what you wrote came from one place – your heart.
If you can’t come up with anything that you stand for, then something is probably wrong. It doesn’t make you a bad person, you just need to evaluate yourself and need a gentle nudge in the right direction. I can help you with that.
Let’s keep going with this…
Why do you do what you do? When you get up in the morning, or night depending on when you work, why do you put on that uniform? Do you do it for a paycheck? Or do you go to work and put everything on the line because you believe in something? If so, what is that something? Can you articulate it?
If you can, that’s great, because you need something that you believe in when begin your watch in a world that seems to be more and more anti-law enforcement. I say it “seems that way” because I do believe there are a lot of people in this great country that support the brave men and women in blue. I just wish those folks were more vocal.
Remember that you’re evolving. Here’s another thing, what you believe in or stand for should change over time because circumstances and life changes. You should always be adjusting. Sure, your core beliefs might stay the same, but other beliefs might change, and it’s OK if they do.
As we get older, we change. There is a saying in the military: “Get off the X.” Simply put, this means keep moving and keep adapting.
Learn from others. I love when I have a guest on my podcast, www.cjevolution.com, it teaches me how to become a better person, and I learn from all my guests in one way or another. You should surround yourself with people that are teaching you how to become a better you.
Personally, I don’t want to be the smartest guy in the room. I want to surround myself with people who are smarter than me or better at things then I am because that’s how I learn. This is one way I grow and become a better me.
Keep a record. I am also a big fan of writing things down. My thoughts, my goals and my dreams. If you looked inside my home office, you would see a handful of different journals that I use every day. I could probably be more organized, but it’s my method and it works for me. It has also pushed me to become more successful.
I would encourage you to start writing something inspirational or uplifting for yourself every day. Believe it or not, there is science behind the fact that when you write your goals and dreams down, your mind will subconsciously push you in that direction. Especially when what you are writing pumps you up and puts a smile on your face.
Be happy. Speaking of smiling, start smiling again if you haven’t in a while. Smiling improves your mood, is contagious and makes you more approachable, just to name a few of the benefits. Become that person you admire or would like to hang out with. Keep educating yourself and learn something new every day, even if it isn’t law enforcement related.
Life is short. There are no repeats. No more times at bat. I know we all know this, but sometimes I think we forget. Take the steps to become your best version of you, now.