“We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that death will tremble to take us” (Charles Bukowski). Continual growth and progress are pivotal keys toward living fully, therefore dying full, yet spent. You can’t spend your way to monetary wealth, only long-term joy fulfilling wealth. Remember to start where you are with what you have. No excuses, blaming, complaining, self-pity, regret, shame, or procrastination allowed. Get intentionally busy filling yourself up with greatness so you can spend yourself in an extravagant, yet selfless manner.
“A professional is a man who can do his best at a time when he doesn’t particularly feel like it” (Alistair Cooke). Practice embracing the feeling of fear and acting anyway. Fear is more scared of you, than you are of fear, especially when you stand up and fight. Action produces results. Stop sitting on your couch, contemplating or pondering in self-pity or regret. You can do it, you can win, and yes you can, so get busy doing it! Focus on doing your best in all situations, including at home, in marriage, parenting, and during work or play. Each moment belongs to you. Live them well.
“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education” (Samuel Langhorne Clemens, aka Mark Twain). Education is even more than learning, theory, and application, but hope and a future. Learning, discovery, training, and experience are lifelong voyages that very well may begin at the end of formal schooling. Develop a constant and never-ending improvement consciousness, coupled with action.
“We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope” (Martin Luther King Jr.). While I breathe, I hope” (South Carolina license plate). Doing more for others gives hope, possibly changing an eternal trajectory of the heart toward greatness.
“What we do in life echoes for eternity” (Gladiator movie). Do the things that need to be done, courageously and humbly. Be so full of good that anything taken from you will not deplete your overflowing cup of goodness. Dare to be different, which is beautiful. You owe yourself and the world the best of you. Don’t strive to be ordinary, but extraordinary, reaching for your full potential.
“Courage is grace under pressure” (Ernest Hemingway). Do what you think you can’t do, because you can. No more excuses for past mistakes or current circumstances. Forgive yourself and others, while moving on prosperously with your life. Yes, pain and suffering are real, although you can rise above it all. This is your life, your future, your moment to shine. Be you—not someone else, while persisting at being and doing your best. Working hard on yourself pays massive dividends, creating an easier and fulfilling life most people only dream about. Embrace growing pains toward becoming a better you, today. The journey is well worth it.
“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face” (Mike Tyson). Troubles and set-backs can and do happen, but without a plan in place, failing is the plan. Knowing God’s plan trumps mine grants me peace to keep on keeping on.
“It’s better to have a bruised ego, than a lifetime of regret” (Author unknown). Going against the grain, breaking the mold, creating a path when none exists, offering possible life-giving services, is courage at its best. Go for it—help others. Live out your dreams!
Sharing messages of hope only takes willingness. Being bold and brave entails showing up and doing something to help others, despite possible criticism or embarrassment. Why not share a story of direct or indirect triumph to encourage and inspire others through challenging times? Lighten the burden of others via your personal story of victory. Transformation occurs from the inside out, which can be activated by an inspiring true experience and a spark of encouragement. Stay humble, letting go of an over-sized ego. Don’t waste hurt, trials, and burdens overcome. Share them with the world so others can benefit, knowing they are not alone in their pain and heartache. Strive to be a better person.
“Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish” (Michelangelo). Don’t’ limit God’s abilities based on your lack. Placing trust in God allows a person to know that God is greater than any fear. Rise above your emotions, intentionally investing in others. We must put our priorities in check, while respecting ourselves, so we can live grander, do better, and give more.
Reward healthy behaviors to reinforce specific actions that generate productive and effective results. The outcomes can be incentive in itself, therefore creating repetition, leading to habit formation. Ask yourself, “What can I do right now to better take care of myself and others?” Too many choices create confusion, complicating decisions, thus leading to paralysis by analysis. Focus on a need and fill it. Don’t think too much. Just do it!
“A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he gets to know something” (Wilson Mizner). We can learn much by observing people, including watching our kids play or through hearing and heeding their wisdom. Old can learn from young, and young from older. Yes, edification occurs through teaching others, yet even more understanding, applicable knowledge, insight, awareness, and life-changing advice or suggestions comes through the art of listening.
Constant and never-ending improvement is an eternal endeavor. Winners commit to a plan, persevering no matter what. This means never, never, never giving up. Additionally, forgiveness breaks chains, thus granting freedom for progressive growth. Simple pragmatic ideas for a better life occur just from listening. Remember, purpose-driven action is imperative for continual progression.
“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself” (Lucille Ball). Whatever our upbringing entailed, we have the power to change, break free from bondage and baggage, becoming lighter and liberated as we pursue our passions, obsessions, and faithful convictions without fear of failure. Live optimistically with PMAs, while persistently striving for never ending improvement. We can rewire our circuitry by reprogramming ourselves to believe anything and do everything that we definitively decide to do with absolute crystal clear clarity. The choice is ours for the making. We must genuinely be our very own best friend, therefore let’s believe in ourselves by doing our part.
Know your customs and why they are performed. Ask yourself, “Why do I think, believe or behave this way?” While in infancy we would learn ten different languages with ease if the people surrounding us spoke ten different languages consistently. If we grew up in an indigenous tribe that walked around naked, making their own weapons to hunt food, than conformity of that culture becomes normal. We tend to develop the same accents of the people around us growing up. Decide who you want to be and why. Don’t follow the herd mentality any longer. Unleash your unique one of a kind incredible greatness out into the universe, today.