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Who Do You Need to BECOME?

"The bigger the challenge you face, the bigger and better you have to become."

— James McPartland

Access Point: Who Do You Need to BECOME? | Blog post by James McPartland | Speaker, Author, Executive Coach

We are in the midst of a "be better" moment, an action we can choose to take right here, right now when so much in the world seems out of our control. It’s time to boldly take a stand for who you need to be and make your own declaration. Be courageous enough to surpass your own greatness and unlock the genius that resides inside of you.

Making a declaration to be your best is a decision. The Latin root of the word decision means "to cut off". Making a decision is about cutting off choices, essentially cutting yourself off from other courses of action. It is about eliminating things as options. When you make a declaration, you amplify and intensify your decision to "be better" at whatever you choose.

Striving to be the best you can be is a way of being and a way of living. It requires practice, and practice has to be at the center of your universe. Practice is a big game, but only if you want to play an even bigger game in your life.

And practice is hard. Yet not nearly as hard as being mediocre and living in survival mode, waiting on others to guide your choices and shape your future for you.

So in this "be better" moment, try to answer these questions:

  • Who do you need to be?

  • Who is counting on you to be better?

  • What happens if you make a "be better" declaration?

  • What happens if you don't?

Define the be in your "be better" moment. What will you practice? Do you want to be:


More confident?








Or is it as simple as this… Do you want to just “be better” at being yourself?

To be better, we must spend the time, take deliberate practice steps, and structure our environment to support our "be better" campaign. Practice needs a place in our schedule. A wise man once told me that I could predict most anybody's future by studying their calendar. Simply put, what gets scheduled gets done.

Everyone has an excuse, reason, or story that allows them to shy away, avoid, or justify why now is not their "be better" moment. And yet, if you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. You can fail at what you don't want, so you might as well take a "be better" chance to develop the skills required to live a life you love.

When you truly commit to becoming a "be better" version of yourself, life altogether can get better for everyone around you. What they get from the change they see in you can be significant, yet who you become will be the most amazing part of the journey.

And who you become in this "be better" moment is something nobody can ever take away from you.


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