How our environment shapes us is something I have often thought about.
What we surround ourselves with can either build us up, or not.
Our physical environment, who we associate with, the books, music and ideas we pay attention to and the thoughts we entertain and repeat all matter in terms of our development, or lack thereof.
I recently received a message from Darren Hardy with a great video on the subject; I highly recommend you take a few minutes to check it out.
Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.”
I love waking up to those two choices I have. I can get ready to live, or I can live.
This getting ready to live is often a misinterpretation of the goal-setting process that we talked about earlier. It’s beautiful to have goals, it’s wonderful to have projects; but I don’t want them to be an excuse for me to try to live in the future.
– Steve Chandler
The first part of success is “Get-to-it-iveness”; the second part of success is “Stick-to-it-iveness.” – Orison Swett Marden
Success isn’t complicated, but it’s (sometimes, often) hard.
Just get started, and keep going.
Simple, but . . .
1. Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery.
2. Work at something you enjoy and that’s worthy of your time and talent.
3. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
4. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
5. Be forgiving of yourself and others.
6. Be generous.
7. Have a grateful heart.
8. Persistence, persistence, persistence.
9. Discipline yourself to save money on even the most modest salary.
10. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.
11. Commit yourself to constant improvement.
12. Commit yourself to quality.
13. Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power or prestige, but on relationship with people you love and respect.
14. Be loyal.
15. Be honest.
16. Be a self-starter.
17. Be decisive even it it means you’ll sometimes be wrong.
18. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.
19. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.
20. Take good care of those you love.
21. Don’t do anything that wouldn’t make your Mom proud.
– H. Jackson Brown Jr.
What if you took each one, each week, and focused on how you could work on and strengthen it in your life?
How would your life be different in 21 weeks?
Pretty darn different I imagine.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. – Leo Buscaglia
offer a smile;
say that kind thing that occurs to you;
hold the door and wait for that person to pass through;
ask if someone is okay if you’re not sure they are;
just sit with someone and be peace and love;
hold someone’s hand, smile and look in their eyes.
You never know when that is exactly what they need, and all they need.