Health

“Use your health, even to the point of wearing it out. This is what true abundant and fearless living is about. Spend all you have before you die; and do not outlive yourself” (George Bernard Shaw). Prudently fill yourself so full of goodness that your cup is always overflowing with greatness onto others; for goodness creates greatness. Focus on enhancing health as a primary goal to acquire indefinitely, because without it nothing else is so vibrantly alive.

Giving Great Gifts

“Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless” (Mother Teresa). Fill yourself up with greatness so you can spend yourself wisely throughout this lifetime. Live life by producing wonderful memories to reminisce upon and share with the world. Sincerely complement a partner, child, parent, friend, neighbor, or stranger, today. Kind words are painless and free, yet can truly linger bouts of joy-filled tranquility and smiles for years to come.

Victory is Yours

“The best remedy for anger is delay” (Brigham Young). We can’t get back spent words, therefore make them count toward positive producing assets for others and ourselves. Recondition powerful opportunistic choices sitting on the dashboard between a stimuli and response. Radical transformation is yours to create. Yes, you can make it happen. Praise and glory live within unstoppable faith and relentless belief. Live with grace imprinted upon your heart, mind and soul. As forgiveness unburdens hurts, blossoming kindness toward newly adopted beautiful choices and perspectives frees one to be. Now, is the time to live and let live.

Keep building and innovating your own personal principles, virtues, and life philosophies to act upon as priceless maps while navigating the scary turbulent metamorphic, ever-changing placid seas. These precious treasure maps may seem illusive at times, yet are available to us all if we choose to seek, read, and embrace golden nuggets by acting upon them. Victory in any endeavor belongs to the brave souls that adamantly desire, believe, persist, and subsequently conquer. Bask in the glory of triumphantly winning in all feats, no matter how big or small. Even losses are wins with the right attitude. We learn from failures too, which can offer some of the greatest lessons.

Gifts are a Choice

“Always be a little kinder than necessary” (Sir James Matthew Barrie). Be considerate too. What kind and helpful things can you do for someone today? If we are not focusing on sharing and offering positive thoughts, deeds, peace, and kindness to the world than we can decide to change our thoughts, attitudes, vocabulary, words, actions, and behaviors before it’s too late, thus helping others and ourselves.

We harvest seedlings planted in either fertile or desolate rock and weed infested soil. Start plucking unwanted thorns and weeds from your mind, in turn, producing health, wealth, love, and joyfulness. Choose to gift yourself the blessings of eliminating devastating anger and resentment from your life, today. Unnecessary pain and suffering gradually subsides into oblivion. Call, write, or just choose to forgive.

Intent

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise” (F. Scott Fitzgerald). Hope sees what is not yet actualized, and makes it so. Be the captain of your own ship and manage yourself well. Decide the attitudes, values, principles, and life philosophies you will abide by prior to venturing into any endeavor, starting the day, emailing a person or calling someone on the telephone. Decipher end results for calling someone before making the call. Do you desire to acquire knowledge, give a boost of encouragement, or cause trouble? Knowing our outcome can help us focus on staying the course and not wasting our time or anyone else’s invaluable time.

Blossoming

“There are flowers everywhere, for those who bother to look” (Henri Matisse). Remaining optimistic versus pessimistic is very beneficial toward achieving a rewarding state of mind. Make it a habit to tell yourself something positive about yourself every time you enter or exit a room. Look for good in people, things, events, and circumstances, becoming an alchemist by creating a silver lining or producing good from bad.

Additionally, keep your head up—not down, and shoulders back with chest out. Remain cognizant about upright posture at all times. Doing this consistently can generate self-confidence. Nearly any surrounding pasture can be green when we adopt positive mental attitudes, perspectives and practices. Starting intrinsically allows external environmental conditions to become blossoming blessings.

Active Listening

Why do so many couples have a challenging time discussing money, sex, and parenting? Becoming reactive and arguing instead of truly listening and understanding with empathy, regarding where the other person is coming from is crucial toward progressive, constructive problem-solving. People yearn to be heard, appreciated, accepted and loved, without judgement or condemnation, allowing them to just be themselves. Listening allows individuals the opportunity to process their thoughts, subsequently finding solutions to their own dilemmas. Why do we feel it necessary to be right instead of happy?

Active listening suspends judgement and ego, focusing completely on the other person, without thinking about our own agenda and responses. Forget about paraphrasing and say nothing instead, only listen more intently. Alternatively, in addition to listening, ask questions to help people discover themselves more fully. Just be in the moment, in another’s emotional shoes and he or she will love you for it. Allow a person to express feelings freely and openly, loving and accepting the wholeness of an individual. Preemptively, agree to disagree internally, yet being okay about any views, feelings, or statements of another, while remaining open-minded toward understanding another’s opinions, beliefs, values, emotions, boundaries, principles, and priorities. Magic happens through sincere active listening without emotional reactivity.

While another is talking, are you thinking about what you desire to say next, interrupting conversions, finishing sentences, or autobiographically speaking about your own experiences, taking the focus off the speaker and on to you? Active listening is an incredibly helpful skill to master if only we practice doing it, day by day, moment by moment, one beautiful person at a time. Now, we can converse optimally, saying virtually nothing, yet gaining much understanding, control over ourselves, and meeting both our and another’s needs and desires more efficiently and effectively. Self-respect encompasses mastering thyself through becoming your best self. Invest in loving yourself and others, today. What do you think?

Improvement

“Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness” (James Thurber). Each thought and action we create generates chemical reactions, thrusting us forward or pulling us backwards. The choices are ours to make, therefore let’s make great decisions consistently and persistently. We are able to look for and put solutions into massive action through maintaining an open lucid mind, while humbly acknowledging when something can be improved upon. Progress and potential start from within. Ask yourself, “What areas in my life can I improve and become better at?” Optimistically find as many reasons as possible why you desire to improve, write your answers down on paper, and get busy becoming better this very moment.

Self-discipline

Prove others and your past self, wrong, by proving your new self, right. Antagonistically, do what you think you cannot do, despite fear, uncertainty, and doubt. Do what motivates, inspires, ignites, and drives you toward achieving your goals. Ask yourself, “Is what I am doing each day the best way I can live my life? Am I truly giving my best efforts to live fully and on purpose right now? How can I use and develop my gifts, talents, skills, and abilities to further serve and help others eradicate bad habits, live abundantly, choose wisely, and accomplish dreams?” Completely accept yourself right where you are, while progressing toward further lifelong growth and development.

Furthermore, self-discipline is key toward achieving dreams come true. Self-discipline is saying yes when you want to say no, and saying no when you want to say yes. Pay now or pay later. Don’t forget this—paying the price of self-discipline now leads to an easy life later. Health, relationships, and money all compound graciously when we live accordingly, doing the right thing, day by day, habitually self-disciplined in our principles, values, and priorities. Know them well.

Extraordinary Lives

“It is extraordinary how extraordinary the ordinary person is” (George F. Will). We all possess opportunity and potential to be extraordinarily boundless and free. Let’s create opportunity by harnessing the privilege toward becoming the best version of ourselves. With freedom comes responsibility, producing high probabilities for a wonderful life, given you choose to be free. What is your attitude toward personal development, freedom, responsibility, and growth?