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When it comes to changing our lives and how to be a better person, we tend to first look at our actions. However, often looking just at our actions isn’t anything. We need to look at why. Why do we act the way we act?
Our actions often stem from the set of beliefs that we have about ourselves, others and life in general. For me, the only way I was able to truly make changes in my life and become a better person was when I became aware of my limiting beliefs and created new beliefs.
In this post, 6 ways to be a better person, I look at 6 simple beliefs that I have inherited from the work of Jim Rohn. He’s a fantastic speaker and honestly gives out the best, game-changing ideas on life in general. Despite his work being from over 10 years ago, he’s still extremely relevant!
So if you’re looking at ways to be a better person, look at the why behind your actions. Dig deep behind your beliefs. Then, look through these beliefs by Jim Rohn and see how you feel about them. Do they change your perspective? How do they make you feel?
Adopting beliefs like this are a great way to remove our limiting beliefs, recreating our lives and becoming better, happier people!
“Profits are better than wages” 1
Jim talks about this belief a lot! He speaks about how he began a part-time job on the side to focus on his “profits” while his daily job was about his “wages”. And slowly he built his part-time job into a full-time job.
Basically it’s the 80’s & 90’s version of a “side hustle”.
He encourages people to focus on profits and not wages.
“Wages make you a living which is fine. Profits make you a fortune which is super fine”
With all the opportunities we have, he encourages us to find something on the side that generates money, until it can replace our wage.
Claps to this guy for talking about this, 30 years before the term side hustle.
It’s a handy belief that changed his life and is a great belief to hold on to, to remind of us how we can live our financial lives.
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“For things to change, you have to change” 2
A lot of business content focuses on productivity and how to make a profit etc. I once heard a speaker say that if you focused on yourself and on how you can change for the better – the profits would come. Jim said the exact same thing!
And since I’ve stuck to that philosophy since and seen a huge change.
We spend a lot of time focused on making money and seeing growth financially. But we don’t give enough credit to what focusing on personal development can do. This is all in Jim’s speech below.
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Which leads to his next few beliefs…
“Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better” 3
Jim talks about how we all wish things were different – things were cheaper, taxes were lower, the Government was different. But he stresses that instead of putting energy into wishing things were different, we should focus on how we can be better.
If we focused instead on bettering ourselves – creating better habits, mastering our self-talk and focusing on how we can change ourselves rather than our situation, then we’d be a lot better off.
This is the kind of belief we need to have to be a better person. It’s good for when we feel like playing the victim – when things aren’t going our way. Instead of asking why me, we can ask ourselves how can we adjust and better ourselves to better the situation?
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“Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills” 4
Ouch. And yes. all at the same time.
Problems are everywhere. When I’m having a tough day and wonder why “these things are always happening to me” I have to remind myself they’re not. Life without problems isn’t life. It’s unrealistic.
Instead of focusing on the problems (which will always be there), Jim focuses on building his skills.
Skills equip us to deal with difficult times while at the same time becoming a better person.
This is an exceptional belief for the bad, I’m-the-vicitim days. What problems are we having? And what skills can we build to grow out of them? Or how would our problems be different if we focused instead on gaining skills?
“Don’t wish for less challenge, wish for more wisdom” 5
Again back to the same theme – don’t focus on the problem focus on how you can fix it. No need to explain it here. I think we get his point!
“You can do the most remarkable things, no matter what happens, humans can do the most remarkable things no matter what happens” 6
Sometimes we need to hear this. The chances of us being here are slim (another point mentioned by Jim). Jim focuses on this a lot in The Day that Turned Your Life Around. He emphasizes the opportunities we have just by being who we are. This is a vital belief that can help us to become a better person. It’s helped me to remain grateful and appreciative of where I live, the family I have and the support I was born into.
If you’re looking to become a better person, Jim Rohn is a great person to seek advice and wisdom from. His personal development is timeless. I have his books on audible and listen to them every day on my way to work. I can genuinely say his ideas have helped me to become a better person!