Where it All Began: The Evolution of Live E.P.I.C.Shortly after college graduation, I found myself in a challenging relationship with a significant person in my life. I lived filled with low-grade anger, tremendous unhappiness, and anxiety. A difficult situation to say the least.
As time marched on, these feelings and sentiments became unsustainable, I knew something, somewhere in my life, had to change. I had to take action.
That’s when I decided to take a hard, honest look at myself, my flaws, and how I could make changes to be a better person.
I thought to myself, theoretically, if I was a “good” person – a better person (knowing I had things to work on) – I would be happier and have a better quality of life.
Right? But how?
Back in the day, there were no books on how to be a good person and the internet didn’t exist so “googling” wasn’t an option. I had to figure it out. I began with one basic baby step, I decided to just be kind.
Shocked at how immediate I saw positive results, I asked myself, what else, other than being kind, can I do to feel this success and happiness?
As my research began to unfold, the concept of being a good person led to being a person of integrity, which led to growing in personal character.
Fast forward, as a young parent I found myself teaching my children the valuable lessons I had learned, aka “the secrets of my success”, all day, everyday.
Then things really began to take shape on the standout stage – the playground! (More on that in the next blog post.)
As they grew older, I realized I wanted to leave my children with something they could keep and pass on to their children as a family treasure of sorts – a secret to a life filled with happiness and success. But what could that be?
The only viable answer was a book. But I had never considered authoring my own book! Helping myself and teaching my kids was one thing. Writing a book for the world was another.
I knew I needed a clear and concise, easy-to-understand formula that could be applied in a variety of life circumstances. And this is when it all came together.
It occurred to me that those qualities that I had been personally developing and teaching to my children were actually virtues. I realized when I applied excellence to these virtues, I was happier, more personally fulfilled and had greater success in a variety of things I was doing in my life. To sum it up, I was growing in integrity and into a person of character.
Voila! This is how my concept of Live E.P.I.C. – Excellence Personified in Character evolved.
I hope you’ll join me as I put a modern spin on the ageless wisdom of the value of virtues in a lighthearted everyday approach. I will share the valuable lessons I have learned–some the easy way, some the hard way–throughout my life journey.
I’m sure you will be able to relate. And it won’t be long before you see how easy and empowering it is to live epic.everyday.