I remember distinctly how I ventured down the path of Encouraging, Inspiring, and Challenging. And If you ask my mom, she will tell you that I excelled at the latter. Come to think of it, my teachers too.
But this desire to improve poked it's head out of the cave at an early age. I was about eight years old when this happened.
We had this tape recorder (for my millennial and Get Z readers, go Google it), and with it I would record songs off the radio, make up my own radio shows and play it back.
It just so happened that my mom joined a Christian weight-loss group the would get together each week (think Christian Weight Watcher) to witness and help each other on the journey to "slimmer you."
To set the stage, at Eight years old, I had this belief in the subconscious. Now, don't ask me where I got it from, or how a pre-pubescent kid entertains the notion of the subconscious, but I did.
So, in order to help my mom accelerate her weight loss, and thus improve her happiness in life...I decided that I would help.
I took the recorder, went to my room, shut the door and began to record.
I took the mic and said: "You do not need to eat." "You do not need to eat...." And I did this for 30 minutes straight!!!
The idea was for my mom to play that as she was drifting off to sleep so that the message would be in her head all night long and then she would not have the desire to eat. Of course, we know that not eating is not healthy but hey, I was eight.
Fast Forward to 2000 and with the advent of the internet and Information Age, the science of the subconscious backed up my then understanding. And actually if you read about the best time to do visualizations it is right before you go to sleep and right when you get up. Message me to get directed to some good videos about that.
And so I gave that tape and recording to my mom, for her to try something new...
And that was the start of my fascination with the mind-body connection, subconscious, and personal development.
But the point is, the desire to encourage people on their journey to success, in the case of my mom it was weight loss, and doing something that hopefully would inspire them to keep going, while challenging them (listen to the tape each night), showed itself from an early age.
So the question is what do you know you were put on this earth to do and at what early age did it show itself?
Here's the recorder I used!