For my entire life I have always been the “Go To” guy. Friends, family and colleagues have always come to me asking for advice on how to get a job, how to be happy, how to make money or simply how to figure out or fix something. Does this sound like you? I think this is because I have always been a “Above the Line” kind of person. In many ways, that is my “why” in life. I have been blessed with the ability to normally see the good in any situation no matter how difficult the situation can be. I have come to realize that this is truly the only way to live happily! I had never heard that expression before, but my friend, Simon, introduced me to this concept and I believe it is an important element in your pursuit to finding meaning and purpose in life. Always try to be an “Above the Line” person.
Just what exactly is an “Above the Line” person? Well, there are basically two types of people. People who live above the line and people who live below the line. I was fortunate enough to always land above the line! First, lets define a Below the Line person. These are the folks that always feel like they are the victim! IT is always someone else’s fault for the reason they are in the situation they are in. They tend to be easily offended, highly critical of others, micro managers, unforgiving and narcissistic. A classic line from a below the line person usually sounds something like this:”You don’t understand……” For me this a always a warning sign.
Now lets look at an “Above the Line” person! I don’t want to lead you down the path that these types of individuals are the greatest, but I can tell you that they will definitely add more value to your life. Above the Line folks live a life deep rooted in confidence and peace. This is what gives them their sustainability to keep rolling and helping others. Above the Line people are genuinely interested in other people as well. Above the Line people are givers of their time and talents and when you encounter them, you feel blessed! They actually give you energy instead of sucking the energy from you. Above the Line people live with gratitude no matter what they have.
So, how do you transform yourself if you are a “Below the Line” person? The first step is to know that you are living below the line. It is knowing exactly where you are and the reason you are there. The second step is to determine where you want to go and who you want to become. And the third step is to find help in achieving this transformation.
Finally, the only way to find your purpose in life is to move towards becoming an Above the Line person. It takes time and hard work, but the rewards are worth it. To be free from “things” and “stuff” is a great freedom few people know.