Firstly, I want to give full credit to today’s post to the great Randy Gage. Like you, I never gave much thought to any other version of myself other than the one in the mirror. But shouldn’t we think of upgrading ourselves just like we do with our favourite apps and software?
Back when I wrote fiction and was asked about it by family and friends, I was always amazed at the number of people that wanted to write a book but dismissed it out of hand. ‘Ah, it’s too late for me to write a book.’ – ‘I wasn’t great at English back in school, I don’t think I could do it..’ – And with one comment that dream was quashed for good. They couldn’t see beyond the 1.0 version of themselves.
Maybe you’ve done that with some of the things you’d like to do. But you’re too old, don’t have enough knowledge, see yourself in the role of a parent – meaning you can’t do it now, or a hundred other excuses. All because you believe you came out of a mould and there’s no wiggle room for improvement. – This is the way I am and this is the way I’ll always be, you tell yourself.
But how true is that?
When you look at life, it’s one of constant change. Nothing stays the same. Go back through your life and you’ll find phases of your life at school, college, a job, becoming a parent, moving areas, and many changes in your life. Each one involved you changing, growing, and challenging yourself to evolve to fit each role and place you found yourself in.
Heck, even that face in the morning mirror has changed over the years. We accept all of those things but ask us to do something challenging in our 40s, 50s, 60s, and we’ll tell you that that boat has sailed. I couldn’t do that, we say, never testing ourselves to see if we really can’t.
Again, is that really true?
Are you at the point where you’ve reached your full potential? Have you even come close to reaching the limit of your potential? Deep down inside, you know you haven’t. If anything this 1.0 version of you is one where you’ve been coasting along. Maybe down to fear, but also because everyone else does it. – We look down on those who buy personal development books and courses as being dumb for wanting to be more than they are, and think we’re cleverer by staying the smallest version of ourselves.
Now maybe you can’t see a 2.0 version of you, because you can’t see that much ability in you. You doubt that someone your age, talent, background, even has that in them. So to look that far ahead is impossible for you. What would the 2.0 version of you even look like, and be able to do? And because you can’t see it, you don’t believe that it’s possible.
If that’s the case, you can always roll that version back a little. What would the 1.1 version of you be like? What added functions, skills and knowledge could you add to yourself to get there? And if skills and knowledge aren’t your problems, how about upgrading your courage? How about paying less attention to those that aren’t supporting you? How about turning up your daily actions? Doing less saying and more doing the ‘doing’?
Once you reached the 1.1 version of you, it’s off to work on the 1.2 and beyond.
And just like that upgraded piece of software, you’ll look back at the earlier versions and wonder at how far you’ve come and look forward to all the amazing things the next version of you will uncover. – And all it took was simply to upgrade yourself.