8. Knowledge

What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s one of the most common questions asked a child. And it is a good question since it reveals a child’s basic interest and the value he places on his or her observations.

I think it is the conception of what you want to be that drives your action and path forward. But does that question really have meaning for the adult — one who has already decided on a particular career or field of work? Well, yes I think so. But maybe the better question for the adult is, what do you want to be like?

The ability to change and improve depends, in large part, on one’s particular attitude, level of interest and understanding of life. By holding to the philosophy of cynicism, for example, one is not as likely to improve or change as one who is open to other opinions and is willing to make changes.

Days 8-10 Guide:

Answer the following questions about yourself:

  • Am I satisfied with my outlook on life? How would I best describe it? (Be honest with yourself on this one). What do I think of other people? The universe and/or God? How do I feel about fairness and justice? Has the world been fair to me?
  • Is mine an inviting and open attitude? Am I willing to make changes?
  • Am I satisfied with who I am? What do I want to be like?

Questions like these reveal just how interested you might be in improving or changing yourself. You might discover that your particular sense of life isn’t conducive to change – that in order to make changes you first have to alter your philosophy of life.

Spend the time to really get to know yourself, and I think you’ll discover that your level of interest (which is your motivation for change) depends on what you want to be like.

—Levi

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