Laugh and smile frequently for no reason. Your nervous system can’t tell the difference between a real or fabricated smile or laugh. Our physiology treats us well for doing it. Work on your beautiful, warm, and welcoming smile by practicing smiling frequently. Ask yourself, “Would a successful person think, say, or do that?” Small productive practices done in private not only show up in public, but help create progress, success, joy, and gifts for others.
“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order to learn how to do it” (Pablo Picasso). Stay thirsty and hungry for continual improvement. Each day be vulnerable and grow by doing something that scares you outside your comfort or security zone. Additionally, writing goals and tasks on paper invigorates a person with purpose and fresh energy to take on the day. Life is about progress, loving, growth, and giving.
“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it” (Henry David Thoreau). Focus on your passions and dreams with unstoppable self-discipline. Live life enthusiastically and invigorated while pursuing your dreams, not forgetting priorities and high personal intrinsic standards. The consistent self-discipline, determination, drive, work-ethic, perseverance, and desire for greatness must come from within each one of us. Progress is an inevitable result.
“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility” (Eleanor Roosevelt). Take accountability for who and where you are in life. If you desire exponential positive forward progress and something radically different from what you are currently experiencing, definitively decide to valiantly make dreams happen, while never getting stuck stewing in the review mirror. Each day is brand new, full of opportunity and potential. Similarly, you can reinvent yourself daily by heeding wonderful possibilities toward further growth and graciously developing additional gifts, talents, skills, and abilities to give to our magnificent universe.
“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.
“Don’t talk unless you can improve the silence” (Jorge Luis Borges). Daily, practice listening to people and talk only when asked a question. Give a succinct answer that does not provoke further queries. It has been said that God gave us two ears and one mouth, therefore let’s listen twice as much as we talk. We might learn a thing or two by having the mindset of being an eternal student of life, learning, progressing, and constantly growing through observation and listening.
Train yourself not to agree or disagree by shaking your head or making any verbal remarks during conversations, seminars, meetings, or sermons. This is more challenging than it sounds. Keep ethically upright personal opinions strong by not allowing others to influence or control your moral decision-making skills and abilities. Do not concern yourself with other peoples’ opinions (OPOs). Our own intrinsic opinions, beliefs, and convictions about ourselves, the universe, and all matter therein, matters most. Respecting and loving others begins by respecting and loving yourself.
It is never too late or too soon to begin again. Because you’re reading this blog you desire to change or improve your life in a positive way that obliterates any past false thinking or self-limiting beliefs, which hinder progression into being all that you desire to be. I admire your courage and determination toward seeking and strengthening the tools you already possess. This author’s sincere desire and confident expectation is that you will gain liberating practical and applicable insights through reading this blog, which help build unstoppable, unyielding, and limitless drives toward living out the greatest version of yourself, hence making dreams come true. The action-packed power to promptly decide and make that leap of faith to live on this side of ABLE is life-transforming.
“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.
It has been said, “If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.” Death, taxes, and change are three things we can count on in this life. Profound abilities to govern our lives in any direction or manner we choose resides within our ABLE control over attitudes, behaviors, and leveraged intrinsic and extrinsic environments. Making the decision to become responsible and accountable for every aspect of our present lives leads to a liberating opportunity to be, do, and give more than we have ever imagined possible. I congratulate you for taking this courageous adventure into making the scary dark tunnels of unknown potential, wonder and delight, known.
Finding culprits to difficulties via affectionate truthful self-reflection and being vulnerable to honest feedback, combined with forming great questions and harnessing a teachable attitude, inevitably results in acquiring life-transforming solutions. Rid growth-limiting, know-it-all (KIA), nonsensical arrogance. Let’s be prudent by asking oneself superior queries, while refraining from the folly of questioning others’ desires in hopes of finding answers to our own issues, especially when they have not done what we aspire toward. Resolution and personal development are persistent perpetual inside works only we can fix and build. Our problems are not anyone else’s responsibility except ours to own and solve. Choose to act wisely, therefore be wise. Wise plans fused with consistent uncompromising prudent choices yields positive results. It’s a simple, yet profound philosophy. Consider embracing, integrating, and infusing good philosophy into your daily rituals.