My Story of Personal Transformation


Everybody has a story.   I thought I would share mine at Sources of Insight:

My Story of Personal Transformation

It’s the story of how I figured out how to do more of what makes me come alive, and how to share my unique value with the world.

It’s a journey, but this story is a look backwards, and how it helped me shape my path forward.

I included some of the key questions I asked, as well as some of the key resources I used to get a new lens on work and life. 

Life can really be a game of chutes and ladders, depending on the questions you ask, the choices you make, and the actions you take.

I think one of the biggest challenges we have in life, is a very personal one.  It’s the challenge of finding our voice.   It’s the challenge of finding our passion, our purpose, and our talents.  It’s the challenge of becoming all that we’re capable of.  And, it’s the challenge of how to make the most of what we’ve got, while helping others in our unique way.

The other big challenge is avoiding regret, learning to live with regret, or learning how to live without regret.  What we regret the most, are the things we have a chance to change.  It’s our opportunities lost.  Or, to put it another way, we regret the things we didn’t do.   That can include things like not being true to ourselves, not expressing our feelings, not staying in touch with friends, or not letting ourselves be happier.

The top regrets in life based on research are: education, career, romance, parenting, self-improvement, leisure, finance, health, friends, spirituality, and community.  Education is the top regret because it impacts so many areas of our life, and it’s within our control.

The way I learned to write my story forward is to combine a combination of answering the following questions on an on-gong basis:

  1. Who do I want to be and what experiences do I want to create?
  2. Am I giving my best where you have my best to give?
  3. Am I  living my values?
  4. Am I saying “Yes” to opportunities?
  5. Am I sharing what I think and feel to the people in my life?

Transformation is a journey of challenges and changes.  And that’s where our greatest growth comes from.

Best wishes for your best year, ever.

Comments (2)

  1. AspiringGeek says:

    Thanks for the inspiration, J.D.  Yours is a story well worth reading–& learning from.

  2. J.D. Meier says:

    @ Jimmy — Thank you.  

    I try to follow the path of growth.  Long ago one of my mentors framed a situation for me, and said I could follow the path of growth or the path of fortune.  I chose the path of growth.  It's the sustainable path.

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