Turn should do’s into must do’s by giving them enough reasons why they must be done. Don’t allow excuses, reasoning, self-pity, regret, blaming, resentment, or complaining stop you. Do your musts every day without compromise, no matter what, especially when you don’t feel like it. The power of self-discipline and producing the life you’ve only dreamt about manifests by taking massive action, architecting strategic plans, and subsequently thinking less about events and people standing in your way, while contemplating new creative ideas toward building and growing bigger, stronger, and better ways of engaging with your dreams. The fewer stressors and negative thoughts we have allows for more possibility. Simplifying our lives by forming desirable habits takes concerted effort, although becomes wonderfully rewarding and graciously performed in time. Results will ensue.
Go defeat your worst enemy, which may be yourself, and take control of your destiny. Make your enemy your best friend. Be honest and genuine, full of integrity by keeping your principles, values, attitudes, beliefs, words, behaviors, and life philosophies in harmony with each other. Win by mastering the life only you can live. Begin now.
“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 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.
In the book, Good to Great, Jim Collins writes about findings from many years of research which vitally conclude that what matters most in great companies are having the right people on the bus. The bus can go anywhere and the people will succeed because they have unified goals and beliefs toward a specific mission.⁹ Our personal lives are not much different. By surrounding ourselves with morally superb, intelligent, and creative people enthusiastically sharing our visions, we, in turn, have wonderful potential and probability to become great too. Let’s choose only quality individuals to associate with most of the time.
“Old age ain’t no place for sissies” (Bette Davis). Old or young is not the issue as much as the decisions we make along the way. What matters most is that dash on a tombstone between the year a person is born and dies. Be mindful enough to take care of your mind, body, spirit, and soul being they must help guide and produce priceless intangibles, while lasting your entire life. How would you describe quality of life for you? Eating, drinking, tasting, conversing, walking, praying, hiking, biking, traveling, debating, listening, thinking, writing, reading, among myriads more? Live this way now, cherishing moments, for the roadmap is set in motion. Preparing one’s self, today, for what lies ahead is living on purpose. Heeding our clear visions, we can be proud of who we are, while gratefully living with wondrous quality of life throughout. Many times, we only think about such things after they are gone. How about being grateful for our blessings every day?
Nonjudgmentally taking care of perpetrators in the hospital is possible attributed to God’s grace bestowed. I thank God for not critically harming anyone because of my teenage folly and lack of direction, purpose, principles, moral code and positive life philosophy at the time. Numerous heart-breaking stories of lives cut way too short makes me ineffably sad, while motivating me to help solve the global poor decision-making pandemic.
People smoke cigarettes leading to fatal maladies, while many tragically gasp their last breaths and die from cancer, emphysema, stroke, heart attack or infection, wasting their last days stuck, fully dependent on life support. Heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease, among other ailments, due to diabetes, high blood pressure, sedentary lifestyles, neglect, noncompliance, and other preventable conditions are motivating factors toward helping stop the unnecessary early demise and poor quality of living that so many people may or may not consciously be aware they are choosing and creating for themselves. Becoming lucidly alert, vividly aware, and keenly knowledgeable about how precious and fragile life truly is before it’s too late is possible by spreading messages of hope, inspiration, and practical ways to live bountiful joy-filled lives.
“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own” (Benjamin Disraeli). Each of us has profound gifts, talents, skills, and abilities that can bolster ourselves and everyone around us to new levels of greatness. Let’s encourage and help one another find, develop and release individualized gifts into the universe for others to enjoy and benefit from. We have the capability to truly change the world one person at a time. That able and gifted individual starts with you. Additionally, a few people working together on the same mission really can change humanity in a positive, productive, innovative, and purpose-driven way.