“If we work upon marble, it will perish; if we work upon brass, time will efface it; if we rear temples, they will crumble into dust; but if we work upon immortal minds and instill into them just principles we are then engraving that upon tablets which no time will efface, but will brighten and brighten to all eternity” (Daniel Webster). Look at Benjamin Franklin’s 13 virtues and various biblical principles that can be acquired and practically applied. Write down your own virtues, principles, and life philosophies. Examine your lists and decide which maps and strategies should be kept or thrown out. Seek additional beliefs that will profoundly add extraordinary value to your life, hence others as well.
Forget about justice, instead, focusing on grace and forgiveness. Nothing in life is more important than people. Allow mercy to be your policy for the fallibility of human beings. Be a person of value, subsequently adding value to others. Serve others, offering a helping hand, by caring first and foremost. Let helping people meet their wants and needs be a top priority in your life. Increasing energy and happiness will certainly ensue. Give others kind, affirming, and encouraging words, attention, praise, and listening ears. See each person as important and valuable, possessing multitudes of potential. Visualize, respect, and treat everyone as self-actualized, rather than how they see themselves currently. People have good intentions. Embracing positive mental attitudes is a lifestyle. Share with others, giving and doing all things in excellence, above and beyond their expectations.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he” (Proverbs 28:18 KJB). We must live and apply a vision, combined with principles and a moral compass to better ourselves and the lives around us. Create and keep your own sets of rules, virtues or laws, guiding your moral compass. Let this code be your guiding light, directing choices, perceptions, and attitudes.
In the 1952 Olympics, Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister broke the seemingly impossible feat of running one mile in under four minutes. After Dr. Bannister set that new world record, heightened awareness about possibility, probability, and potential grew in others. Within 46 days, Bannister’s record was shattered.¹³ Don’t wait to do something that has never been achieved before, but be crazy enough to believe in the potential of your dreams.
Even if a person walked only a few steps daily from New York City to Los Angeles, he or she would eventually arrive by not losing sight, faith or perseverance. By visualizing a goal completed and outstanding rewards associated, prior to beginning an endeavor, gaps are closed between current circumstances and joyfully culminating extraordinary objectives. As long as people do not give up believing in themselves, goals will be achieved. Plan each day and work the plan. Dream, imagine, innovate, create, and don’t stop running the race set out for you to complete. Truly successful people don’t focus on competing against others, but upon winning. There is enough to go around for everyone. Why not for you too? …, there is!
“The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision” (Helen Keller). Look for the good in people and ourselves, while desiring more abundance of health, wealth, love, and joy upon others. As an American author and speaker, Helen Keller became deaf and blind by 19 months of age and mute shortly thereafter because of a debilitating fever, yet she did not let that stop her from maintaining her vision and regaining her voice.¹¹ She was the first deaf and blind person to earn her Bachelor’s degree, in addition earning cum laude.¹² Helen Keller is a true inspiration to the world and a wonderful example for people with similar ailments. Now, people that are deaf and blind have infinitely more hope, knowing that success and true quality of living are possible through pure determination and unwavering faith. Many people acquiring various ailments and problems will not be the first nor the last, yet triumph through with resilience, courage, and a positive mental attitude. Don’t let negativity or seemingly unjust circumstances rob hope, joy, and love from your precious life.
If feeling you must complain about something, talk with the person who can do something about it. Ideally, have or seek a practical solution prior to speaking. People or innocent bystanders are not garbage dispensers for your trash and verbal flatus. Being brave and wise enough to seek your manager, spouse, human resource department, coach, counselor or professional whom can most aptly help resolve your complaints is essential to success. We are each responsible and accountable for our own success and places in life; nobody else is to blame. Consistently live with a mental picture at the forefront of your mind about how you desire to live your life.
“You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside” (Wayne Dyer). Have you ever used excuses to justify not doing something? How about criticizing, arguing, blaming, or complaining to rationalize behavior? Do you procrastinate, knowing that tasks need to be completed or a homework assignment or work project is imminently due, which should take priority? Were excuses, arguing, criticism, blaming, or complaining useful? Excuses, procrastination, arguing, criticizing, blaming, and complaining drain our energy and hinder us from starting or finishing our goals. Plan, learn, and move on. Criticizing and complaining about things makes them more prominent and elusive in our own lives. By saying, “I can’t afford it,” we subconsciously program our minds away from money and deeper into debt, poverty, and lack. Instead ask yourself, “How can I afford it?” Get busy so you can afford whatever you desire without thinking negatively. The law of attraction produces and gives back what we frequently think about, do, and give.
“The pupil who is never required to do what he cannot do, never does what he can do” (John Stuart Mill). There is not tomorrow, only right now. Live courageously by the motto, carpe diem, which means seize the day. In the tragic, yet emotionally poignant movie, Dead Poets Society, Robin Williams showed his students a trophy case in the school he taught at while describing to his pupils that all those trophies and pictures of people once their ages who were then old and gone had won at sports and in life do to seizing the day. Robin Williams profoundly said, “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”¹⁰ Live with a sense of urgency and make your dream life a reality, today.
“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse” (Jim Rohn). Put away excuses and get busy making goals and dreams reality. Remove can’t from your vocabulary and mind. Time is always set aside for priorities or things we value most, as evidenced by what we spend our time on. Let’s raise our standards by turning shoulds into musts. Obtain a CPT and just start. Make today matter through beginning life-transformational decisions and activities. Press on continuously, earning the prize of feeling incredible and growing life-giving habits for eternal heavenly rewards.
”Make haste slowly. Haste makes waste” (Benjamin Franklin). Proper body mechanics are crucial toward preventing injury and maintaining life-long healthy exercise routines. Prior to initiating an exercise program, obtain clearance from your medical provider regarding how intense you should work out based on recent physical fitness experience and any previous or current medical conditions.
Furthermore, to mitigate the amount of time directed toward sedentary living, such as television watching, a person may take the batteries out of the controller and place them in a faraway place or on a high shelf. It will take conscious effort and willpower to put the batteries back in. One can even place the television power cable in a distant location to further divert television watching and promote a healthier routine. More radical approaches would be to get rid of the television, cable or subscriptions all together. Help yourself make life easier by making poor habits more inaccessible and difficult to do, while making good habits easier and more accessible. Go to bed in your workout gear or have fitness items next to the bed to minimize excuses for not exercising.