The purpose of life is to be fully alive, which is essentially to grow and to love.
The truth is that I’m doing it for me AND I’m doing it for everyone.
There are two paths in life we can take: The easy road that gets harder, or the hard road that gets easier.
There is simply no sustainable way to continue choosing the hard path that gets easier unless our motivation comes from a source greater than ourselves.
The most powerful force on earth is love. Love is what connects us to each other and to life itself. It is what lives in our hearts and electrifies the cells in our bodies with energy and potential to create and to dance and to simply BE ALIVE.
When we shift our focus from “I’m doing this because I want to be great” to “I’m doing this for me AND for everyone so that we can ALL be great” we find that we have deeper, longer-lasting motivation.
And it can seem paradoxical because, of course, I’m choosing the broccoli for ME. *I* want to have an awesome life. *I* want to have energy and focus and performance and competence.
But what I’m doing for me, I’m also doing for everyone.
I’m waking up early and doing my meditation and morning routines because I want to feel awesome for me AND for everyone.
Here’s the key: When I’m proud of myself and grateful for my existence and when I love myself deeply, it’s much easier to love others.
If I hate myself, it’s much harder to love others.
The world is a reflection of ourselves, and when we learn to take great care of ourselves, with so much kindness and compassion and patience, we end up treating the world the same way.
Of course, part of me never wants to work out or wake up early, or go to bed early. Part of me wants to lay on the sofa and eat Cheetos all day and watch TV. But that’s not the part of me that wants to be in community. That’s not the part of me that wants to actively participate in LIFE, in connection and in love.
When I’m focused on my community, on my family, on my people, I want to do what is best for me because I want to show up to my communities fully ALIVE and fully ready to be of service.
Here’ s my acronym for the practice of being ALIVE
None of it is worth it unless we’re doing it for ALL of us. I want to be awesome because I want to be an awesome part of this world. I want to be a valuable member of society, and that starts with valuing myself, my time, my integrity, my mission.
So my encouragement to you today is to continue supporting yourself outrageously well because the better you take care of yourself, the better you’ll take care of our world.