One of my favorite quotations about life’s teachings comes from Thomas Carlyle, who said “Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”
So, here’s what I’ve come to know:
1) Take care of yourself as best you can. Daily exercise, relaxation and nutrition are vital for optimal performance in every area of life. Do your best and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
2) Love is what makes life worth living. I believe learning to love is the most important skill we can develop in our lives, and yes I strongly believe it’s a skill that must be learned. I think it’s the reason why we are born – to love and be loved.
3) Give until it hurts. That’s my motto and sometimes it does hurt – especially when others take advantage. But give anyway! Giving is the other part of receiving, and I’ve found that helping others always comes back to me multiplied.
4) Learn to be interested in others and their lives. Always look for ways to be of service and you’ll never be alone. You never know who you’ll meet and how your life will be blessed by your connection.
5) Have goals but don’t fall in love with them. Be flexible, as life is ever changing and your goals will change as you grow and your dreams evolve.
6) Learn to flow with life like a stream. Change is the only constant in our world, everything and everyone is in always in a constant state of change. Learn to flow with life, relax and enjoy the ride. Remember, “Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream…”
7) Develop persistence. I always like to remember that when life knocks you down (and it will), your ability to persist and look at the big picture is what gets you through.
8) Practice gratitude everyday. Everyone can find something to be grateful for and developing an “Attitude of Gratitude” will pay dividends in ways you cannot imagine.
9) Grow through adversity. The trick to growing through adversity is not “becoming a victim” by looking for reasons “why,” but by looking for the benefits in the situation. Ask yourself high quality questions that start with how or what, such as:
- How does this help me?
- What’s good about this situation?
- What can I learn from this?
10) Exercise control over your thoughts and emotions. There’s only one thing you can completely control in life and that’s your thinking. Master your mind and the world is yours.