"Instructions for Life"
1. Give people more than they expect
2. Memorise your favourite poem
3. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have
or sleep all you want
4. When you say you're sorry, look the person in
5. Be engaged at least 6 months before you get
6. In disagreements, fight fairly no name calling
7. Never laugh at anyone's dreams. People who
don't have dreams don't have much
8. Love deeply and passionately. You might get
hurt but its the only way to live life completely
9. Believe in love at first sight
10. Don't judge people by their relatives
11. Talk slowly but think quickly
12. Remember that great love and great
achievements involve great risk
13. Say "bless you" when you hear someone
14. When you lose, don't lose the lesson
15. Remember the three R's. Respect for self,
respect for others, responsibility for all your actions
16. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship
17. Smile when you pick up the phone
18. Marry someone you love to talk to. As you get
older their conversational skills will be as important
as any other
19. Spend some time alone
20. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of
21. Remember that silence is sometimes the best
22. Read more books and watch less television
23. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get
older and you think back, you'll get to enjoy it a
24. Trust in God but lock your car
25. Read between the lines
26. Share your knowledge, it's a way to achieve
27. Be gentle with the earth
28. Meditate. There's immeasurable power in it
29. Never interrupt when you are being flattered
30. Mind your own business
31. Don't trust a man/woman who doesn't close
his/her eyes when they kiss
32. Once a year go somewhere you have never
33. Remember that not getting what you want is
sometimes a stroke of luck
34. Learn the rules then break some
35. Judge your success by what you had to give
up to achieve it
36. Approach love and cooking with reckless
"Watch your manner of speech if you wish to develop a peaceful state of mind. Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful."
-- Norman Vincent Peale
"You begin by always expecting good things to happen." -- Tom Hopkins
It is funny about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the very best you will very often get it." -- W. Somerset Maugham
"Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right." -- Henry Ford
"The less of routine, the more of life."
A. B. Alcott
"Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the
undertaker will be sorry."
"Lord grant that I may always desire more than I can
Be hopeful especially when things look grim:
"If you can't change your fate, change your attitude."
"And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope."
"No hope, no action."
AVOID THE TEMPTATION to get rich quick.
Everybody wants everything instantly - instant rice, instant pudding, instant success - served in pablum form. My father was from Germany, and he said, "Always take time to be an apprentice and learn the whole job." I did this . . . and it worked!
AVOID THE TEMPTATION to take shortcuts.
Taking shortcuts cutting corners is a character flaw. You will be building on sand, and it will surely collapse. It always has. It always will. AVOID THE TEMPTATION to believe that "The grass is greener on the other side of the fence." We need to stay focused on where we are now, what we are doing now, our present opportunity, our present job, our present activity. We need to be able to make our present responsibilities work, whatever price we have to pay.
AVOID THE TEMPTATION to quit too soon.
History books, story books, and movies are filled with illustrations and parables of people who quit "three feet too soon digging for gold." Just one more try to complete an invention; just one more call to make a sale.
COLLECTIVELY WHAT DO ALL THESE TEMPTATIONS CAUSE?
They cause you to . . .
1. Lose sight of your goals,
2. Develop a lack of confidence, and
3. Suffer from an eroding self-esteem.
HOW DO YOU AVOID THIS?
1. Commit to a singleness of purpose.
2. Set and put into writing specific and clearly defined goals.
3. Outline exact action steps you must take to achieve your goals.
4. Repeat daily affirmations to support your goals.
5. Form a support group of your spouse, friends, associates, and work partners.
6. Create an accountability factor.
"Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised."
-- Denis Waitley
"I can give you a six-word formula for success: Think things through - then follow through." -- Captain Edward V. Rickenbacker
"Plan your work and work your plan. Decide in advance exactly how you are going to get from where you are to where you want to go."
-- Brian Tracy
"Never begin the day until it is finished on paper." -- Jim Rohn
"It's easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than to think your way into a new way of acting." -- Millard Fuller (founder of Habitat for Humanity)
"You are what you think about all day long." -- Dr. Robert Schuller
"What the mind of a man can conceive and believe the mind of a man can achieve." -- Napoleon Hill
"Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds."
-- Franklin Delano Roosevelt
"You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you." -- James Allen
"I made a mistake today. I made a mistake yesterday. I
think it's ... very important to ignore the negative."
"Entrepreneurs average 3.8 failures before final success.
What sets the successful ones apart is their amazing
--Lisa M. Amos
"Success is going from failure to failure without loss of
Take your hunches seriously:
"Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed
away just below the conscious level."
--Dr. Joyce Brothers
"A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something."
"You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a
knowledge, as the plant has root, bud and fruit. Trust the
instinct to the end, though you can render no reason."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
"I'm not going to limit myself just because people won't
accept the fact that I can do something else."
"We must have courage to bet on our ideas, to take the
calculated risk, and to act. Everyday living requires
courage if life is to be effective and bring happiness."
"No one is more likely to make a mistake than the man who
acts only on reflection."
--Luc de Clapiers, Marquis Vauvenargues
"Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of
others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for
you. Act for yourself. Face the truth."
"Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life. "
"The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no
recipe for living that fits all cases."
--C. G. Jung
Solve your problems systematically:
"To solve a problem it is necessary to think. It is
necessary to think even to decide what facts to collect."
--Robert M. Hutchins
"A problem well stated is a problem half solved."
"Patience is a bitter plant, but it has sweet fruit."
"Time deals gently only with those who take it gently."
"Who longest waits most surely wins."
--Helen Hunt Jackson
"We shall never have friends if we expect to find them
"I am responsible for my own well-being, my own happiness.
The choices and decisions I make regarding my life directly
influences the quality of my days."