“Be yourself,” we are told. There’s just one problem. What if we’re not good enough?
Whatever you are right now, whatever it is that defines you, was created by you. You took what God gave you and made yourself into the person you see in the mirror.
As long as you continue to be that person, you will continue to produce the same outcomes. Be yourself only if you don’t want anything to change in your life. If you want something better, however, you need to change.
If you want to be a better lawyer, you need to improve your skill set. If you want a bigger income, you need to change your habits and attitudes and activities to match the income of someone who earns what you want to earn.
You can’t say, “When I earn more I’ll change.” It doesn’t work that way. Change comes first. You can’t change your future until you change your present.
How do you change?
You read good books. You study them. You apply what you learned.
You associate with people who have what you want. You listen to how they speak and look for insights into how they think. Most of all, you watch what they do and you emulate it.
You get help. A mentor, coach, or accountability partner. A mastermind group.
You master the mundane. You practice. You get better and better at what you do.
As you become better, you attract better opportunities. Because you have grown, you’re able to capitalize on them.
Change doesn’t happen overnight. You don’t go from earning six figures to earning seven figures in a few months. But in a few years, you can accomplish just about anything.
But only after you stop being yourself and start being the person you want to become.