Jim Rohn once said, “If you want something to change, change yourself.”

Recently, a friend of mine was meeting with a group of people when he detected the distinct smell of dog poo. He looked around the room, trying to discern who could have tracked in this unpleasant odor, but saw no obvious signs of guilt or even awareness.

Without a known culprit, there was nobody with whom he could address the situation. How could someone just stand there and not realize they had stepped in dog poo?

After completing his business, he was more than happy to escape the smell. But as he got into the car and began to drive away, he realized with a sense of dread that he could still smell the foul odor, only now it was even stronger.

Then it hit him…he just might be the one with poo on his shoe.

At the next stop, he confirmed the grisly truth. He was the culprit. He was the one responsible for bringing that smell into the meeting room. How could it be that, while searching for the offender, he was the guilty one all along?

But that’s just how it is with many things in our lives.

While looking for the faults in others, we fail to see our own. We blame our situation on people or circumstances, and we overlook our own culpability. We need to look at ourselves first.

A very wise man once asked, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:3) In other words, how can you judge others – or even help them improve – when you are ignoring your own faults and limitations?

If you are inspired to work on yourself first, it can sometimes be difficult to take a good honest look in the mirror. If you need help finding a place to start, find 1-3 people you trust, and ask them if they notice anything that should be addressed.

When you take the time to “check your own shoe” first, you will be in a much better position to have a positive impact on others….and that’s what a life of Irrefutable Success is all about!

In what areas do you need to work on YOU?