It’s common for people to think about putting their mark on the world and leaving it a better place than when they arrived.
But in many cases people fail to put those thoughts into action – possibly because they’re hesitant to step outside their comfort zones.
“Too often we’re taught to be fearful and that hampers the actions we take and the decisions we make,” says John C. Neyland, author of How to Live the Life You’ve Yet to Dream (www.johnneyland.com).
“We need to be taught to be courageous.”
He experienced his own challenges growing up, suffering the wrath of an abusive father and trying to overcome obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) that left him burdened by stress.
“I know what it’s like to need help and not have it,” Neyland says. “But that has given me the impetus to want to help and make a difference in the lives of others – whether those others are family members or strangers.”
And there’s no time like the present to begin, he says. As people make their resolutions for the New Year, he suggests a good place to start for having a positive impact on family and others is to vow to:
“The value of our lives is measured by how we leave others in our wake, whether it’s our spouses, our children or the person down the street,” Neyland says. “Plan on helping someone, somewhere or somehow on a regular basis. If you do this and do it earnestly, you’ll be surprised at what it does for your own life.”
About John C. Neyland
John C. Neyland, president and Investment Advisor Representative at JCN Financial & Tax Planning Group, is author of How to Live the Life You’ve Yet to Dream (www.johnneyland.com), a book that is part memoir and part blueprint for readers who want to get more out of life and leave a positive mark on the world.