Life is about trusting yourself and taking chances, losing and finding
happiness, learning from experience, and realizing that every step is worth
your while… But you’ve got to be willing to take each step. You’ve got to
give yourself a fair chance. So here are some chances I would take if I
were you – chances I have taken that I know I will not regret:
1. Trusting your intuition on new opportunities.
Every great accomplishment starts with the decision to try. Trust that
little voice inside your head that says, ―What if…‖ and then GO DO
IT. You’re obligated to keep trying – to do the best you can do every
day – to improve upon what you learned yesterday.
2. Believing in your own abilities.
You have everything you need within you to become the best possible
version of yourself. Believe that you CAN. Believe that you’re capable
of pushing harder and farther than you have before. Don’t let false
beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself. And certainly don’t get
sidetracked by other people who are not on track.
3. Making moves in the face of fear.
Fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in your head. Be courageous. Go
after your goals. Never let your fear steer your present or decide your
future. And remember, courage is not the absence of fear, but rather
the judgment that something else is far more important than fear.
4. Taking a step forward today.
You will be dead one day. The question is: Are you choosing to live
right now? Take a moment and think about. Life doesn’t start when
―this, that, or the other thing‖ is resolved. This IS your time. Life is
now. Do something with it. Don’t wait it away.
5. Making your goals a priority.
If you want to live a happy, fulfilling life, tie yourself to meaningful
goals, not just to people and things. Make today count. Take just
one small step a day. Approach the start of every day with one
little goal and end the day with one little word. DONE!
6. Working hard even when it hurts.
Don’t settle for less than what you think you deserve, or less than you
know you can be. Despite the struggles you’ll inevitably face along the
way, never give up on yourself. You’re braver than you believe, stronger
than you seem, smarter than you think, and twice as capable as you
have ever imagined. Keep going.
7. Upholding your standards.
What’s dreadful is to pretend that second-rate is first-rate. To lie to yourself
and say everything is OK, when it isn’t. Or to convince yourself that you
like your work when you know darn well you’re capable of much
better. Bottom line: Love yourself enough to never lower your standards for
the wrong reasons.
8. Bouncing back after rejection or failure.
When you are rejected from something good, it often means you’re
being redirected to something better. Be patient. Be positive. And
remember, no matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you
progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.
9. Owning your situation.
Even when the going gets tough, own it! If you’re in a relationship that’s
causing you pain, you’re choosing to be in it. Maybe staying will lead to
essential growth or a breakthrough or a deeper understanding of love. Or
not. But you’re choosing to be in or out, right now. Whichever you choose,
own it – that’s where your power is.
10. Smiling anyway.
Think of it as a bad minute, not a bad day, and you’ll be OK. Happiness
begins when your gratitude list is longer than your worry list. So find
something to be thankful for today. Be sure to appreciate what you’ve
got. Be thankful for the little things in life that mean a lot.
11. Being sincerely kind to everyone.
Through kindness you have the ability to make a profound
difference in every life you touch, including your own. So do
your little bit of good right where you are, because it’s these
little bits of good put together that change the world.
12. Helping others create a better life for themselves.
Who you affect is more powerful than who you are at any given
moment. If you can change the way people think and feel, the way they
see themselves, and the way they interpret the world, it means you
can change the way they live their lives, and how they affect
others. That is, by far, the longest lasting thing you can create.
13. Living with integrity and honor.
Integrity is choosing your actions based on moral values rather than
personal gain. It’s about living honorably. It’s about doing the right
thing, no matter what, even when nobody’s going to know whether you
did it or not. At the end of the day, your reputation is what other
people know about you. Your honor is what you know about yourself.
14. Being weird in your own way.
When we find weirdness in the world that makes us want to work hard,
we call it passion. And when we find someone whose weirdness is
compatible with ours, we call it love. And if we zoom the lens way out,
so we can see all the weird people of the world doing their thing, we
realize being weird isn’t that weird after all. It’s human nature.
15. Opening yourself to love.
Your greatest task isn’t to find love, but to discover and eliminate all the
barriers within yourself that you have built against it. Peace is not the
absence of trouble, but the presence of love. As you find the good that
exists in others and situations, you discover the love that exists within you.
16. Closing the door on old news.
Don’t waste your time trying to live in another time and place. Let it
GO! You must accept the end of something in order to begin to build
something new. So close some old doors today. It’s simply because
you’ve entered each one of them in the past and realize that they lead
to nowhere worth your while.
17. Taking time to simply BE where you are.
You will always be missing out on something. You simply can’t have it
all. Just realize you have everything right now. The best in life isn’t
somewhere else; it’s right where you are at this moment. You have to
accept that some things will never be yours, and learn to value the
things that are only yours.
18. Putting yourself out there and truly LIVING.
To laugh often and love genuinely. To respect others and judge less. To
appreciate the beauty surrounding you wherever you are, whenever
you are. To find the good in people and situations. To know that at
least one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is what
LIVING is all about.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.
Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of
other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions
drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the
courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already
know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
Thank You Very Much