The short answer (the obvious one) is YOU. But this article would have no substance if I left it like that. The long answer to what is the man in the mirror will now be put forward with my spin on it. However, the long answer first brings up a question behind the original question, which is, if the man in the mirror is you, who are you?
Confused? You won’t be. Read on.
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“If you want to make the world a better place. Take a look at yourself, and then make a change.”Man In The Mirror sung by Michael Jackson
Telling us that any change in the world begins with us and changing ourselves to be the best we can be, will be reflected outwards. It ties in with the two VERY old adages or universal truths, whatever you want to call them. The point is, they’ve been around for a long time:
“As Within, So Without and Know Thyself.“Hermes Trismegistus
“Know Thyself”inscribed on the Temple of Delphi
Old stuff always seems a bit cryptic and smacks of mystery and hidden meaning.
So, should you care what that old stuff means?
Definitely. Here’s why.
As Within, So Without - With What?
Your thoughts, feelings and emotions are the “within”. The external world is the “without”.
In other words, whatever you are thinking and feeling is mirrored in your external world. Is that hard to believe?
Let me tell you a story.
Once upon a time, there was a large multi-cultural call center. It was open for 7 days a week and for 15 hours a day. It was immensely busy, and the telephone operators took between 70 to 100 calls a day.
I worked in that call center for 4 years. The first two and a half years were horrible and the last year and a half were enjoyable. How is that possible?
Did the working conditions change or the money improve for the last year and a half? No. Or were there fewer calls and so less busy or stressful? No.
Nothing had changed. Not quite true. Nothing changed with the call center. Same hours, conditions, and money.
However, I changed. And following that so did my experience.
I changed my inner world by changing my thoughts and feelings about the place I worked in, my work colleagues, and how I dealt with customers on the phone. Not only did work become stress-free and customers easier to deal with, but I enjoyed it too.
Here’s what my internal world looked like at the call centre, in the first two and half years:
Thoughts: “Jeez I hate this place, I can’t wait to find something else, anything else! As long as it is not less money.”
“These customers are such a pain and they just moan constantly.” “Thank goodness it is nearly break time/lunchtime/home time.” “Not another stupid company meeting, wasting my time again.”
At that time my work life was stressful with difficult customers and tiring as I felt bored and trapped all the time.
How did I go from that to enjoying my job?
Know Thyself - Who SAYS That?
I don’t say that. I do, however, replace it with “yourself”. “Know yourself” makes more sense to me. But how do you know yourself?
Bit weird? Nah.
Okay, I used to think it was a bit odd until I understood what it means to really know yourself. I’m not talking about your favorite color, music, or movie. That’s kindergarten stuff. Easy stuff. I’m talking about not being on auto-pilot and knowing why you do what you do.
I know what you’re thinking, how does knowing yourself fit with the enjoying the call center bit?
I’m getting there.
I watched a YouTube video where a lady explained that by choosing to be happy and changing your mind to have a positive mindset and attitude would change your life experience (external world) to a joyful one.
That is precisely what I did. The lady explained that to change your mindset; you need to become mindful of what you choose to think, do, and say. To become aware of your choices and the beliefs behind those choices. The why. Why you do what you do. Uncover the old limiting beliefs in your subconscious and pull them out at the roots. Then, replace them with beneficial beliefs. The beliefs that will support the life experience you want.
Changing my subconscious programming and realizing that happiness is a choice changed my life, both work, and personal life
It's An Inside Job
Every day was a new day to choose to be happy. My mindset and attitude spilled over into my world. Customers were laughing with me on the phone and I rarely had any difficult customers anymore. If I did, I turned them around. Everything became easier.
I became unshakeable and centered with a feeling of contentment. I do not allow external things to irritate, annoy, or upset me. There may be occasional times when life throws a big curveball. BUT, I am resilient to setbacks.
To change your life to the one you enjoy you need to change yourself first, it’s an inside job. Once you change internally you will see that change reflected in your outside world.
I’ll leave you with this final message from Mr. Jackson as he has pretty much nailed it:
“I’m starting with the man in the mirror. I’m asking him to change his ways. And no message could have been any clearer. If you want to make the world a better place. Take a look at yourself, and then make a change.”Man In The Mirror sung by Michael Jackson
Are you ready to make a change?
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