“If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be” (Maya Angelou). Plan and write out the first ten minutes of each day. Gradually increase the process duration to encompass your entire day. At least two times each month do something you have never done before and go someplace you’ve never been. These techniques can increase your self-control, intentionality, fortitude, and achievements by living outside your comfort zone. Be a self-starter as well as a finisher. Embrace your uniqueness.
“You can get a lot farther with a kind word and a gun than a kind word alone” (Al Capone). If a gun was held to your head or that of a family member and you were told you must stop a bad habit to prevent death, you could do it. That is called intrinsic motivation. We don’t want to coerce anyone, although we must sell ourselves in order to achieve our dreams. Desire the acquisition of dreams come true as badly as you crave the air you breathe. Dare to be original by being good and principled, while upholding steadfast concrete moral values and associate with people that sustain and reciprocate the like.
“He that won’t be counseled, can’t be helped” (Benjamin Franklin). Remember that the Bible, among other wise suggestions, philosophies, and advice give extremely helpful tools to live prudent and productive lives. You must decide for yourself what works best. Please remain open-minded, while embracing PMAs. Why is it that everyone is trying to do me good?
“I find that a great part of information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way” (Franklin P. Adams). Look up definitions to words you are unfamiliar with in the dictionary, online, or ask artificial intelligence (AI), such as Amazon’s Echo devices. For example, if you are unfamiliar with this AI, say, “Alexa, define magnanimous.” Convenience and simplicity are upon us. Children do not rely upon their parents for answering or even questioning about knowing such things in order to easily acquire such knowledge. Remember that Google and other search engines can be are our friends.
“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.
“If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life” (Abraham Maslow). Live large with rich habits by replacing old negative routines with positive forward moving goal-oriented rituals. Let persistent progressive momentum build unstoppable speed and power, breaking through barriers into greatness. Take control of your life and don’t allow negative internal or external factors dictate what you think, do, say, or who you are. Just be authentically you in each present moment.
Furthermore, “An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered” (G. K. Chesterton). We all have limited amounts of willpower and may submit to temptation, especially when insidious triggers creep up. Get rid of all highly probable harmful paraphernalia, such as ashtrays, lighters, magazines, DVDs, CDs, movies, empty nutrient high-caloric foods and beverages, cigarettes, alcohol bottles, needles, credit cards, pictures, signage, etcetera, which are reminders and tempters toward regressing back into poor habits of thinking, imagining and behaving. Be grateful as you learn and grow, enjoying your adventure toward becoming the wonderfully improved you, today.
“It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly” (Antatole France). How are your actions representing your thoughts? Would you be proud to share all sound and video footage of thoughts and acts taking place behind closed doors? All of us have shortcomings we are not proud of. Let’s re-examine our life principles, moral codes, philosophies, and standards. Prioritize values and virtues that hold the most conviction and noble clout, while persistently putting them into practice each day. Actions truly do speak resoundingly louder than words, although describe our thoughts more. Be emotionally skillful and mature, behaving in a controlled manner, taking responsibility for all actions and subsequent good and bad consequences, while patiently walking or running through this joyous life.
“Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste death but once” (William Shakespeare). With hindsight 20/20, many critically ill people tell me about wishing they could turn back time in order to make wiser choices, especially by not smoking, drinking alcohol, or doing illicit drugs. Others talk about saving and investing money early to aid in their health and well-being. Let’s learn from other people’s mistakes and experiences so we can avoid pitfalls and expedite victorious success, therefore leading toward living a more productive, fruitful, quality, significant, purpose-driven, enthusiastic, and wonderful life.
As kids, many of us probably experienced extremely painful growth spurts in our extremities. Similarly, growth pains through discomfort on the road to greatness makes us bigger, better, and stronger individuals. Be a creative problem solver by focusing on solutions. How about doing what’s uncomfortable today, thus leading to an extremely comfortable tomorrow? The temporary discomfort will dissipate into something that is a natural comfortable part of who we are. This encompasses skill, relationship, and growth building. Give that speech, ask him or her out, do the seemingly impossible. A good time to do something was yesterday, while the best time is today.