Don’t ever hold somebody back from growing because their growth threatens you. Uplift, support and encourage. Don’t gossip; that’s a polite form or murder. Always seek to fulfill your unique aspirations and encourage those around you to do the same. Think abundantly, not scarcely. Seek outside counsel from people whose opinion you value, but seek within yourself first; you may not need their counsel. All the answers are always within us; sometimes we need others to help us find them.
Be original. Be you. Not in a “look at me, I need attention kind of way”, but in a genuine, authentic kind of way. Live out loud. Discover what makes your soul sing. Be conscientious of your unique “butterfly effect” on the world. Be intentional with the legacy you leave, both in daily life and in your whole life. Don’t be afraid to be different, do different when necessary, but don’t reinvent the wheel when not necessary. Be forward thinking. Respect and enjoy others’ cultures without sacrificing your own. Put principles before personalities. Be vulnerable; it affords you freedom.
Compete when it’s a game, collaborate when it’s not. Always do your best. Have confidence in yourself, embrace the possibility of triumph and enjoy, but don’t railroad and browbeat people. Never cheat. Employ the services of professional guides.
Take risks. Sometimes they are prudent and sometimes they aern’t. The worst thing that can happen is you will learn something. Humiliation is a construct of the ego and has nothing to do with heart. Most people don’t like change; don’t be one of those people. Don’t put things which matter the most to you at the mercy of the things which matter the least. Remember that slow is fast and fast is smooth. Courage is feeling fear and doing it anyway. Fortune favors the brave.
Let gratitude be that which lifts your wings into flight and know that “flight” is always possible no matter what may be happening around you. Say thank you—often. Be deliberately grateful, especially during times of trial and challenge. Remember, we are all always exactly where we are supposed to be, even if we don’t like it or know how we got there. In times of change, look for opportunities to solve problems. In times of prosperity, look for opportunities to implement solutions. Learn from your “F’s” and perpetuate your “A’s”. Don’t avoid pain, seek transcendence thru it.
Manage your schedule; be productive. Personalize yourself; productize yourself. Run with your ideas without neglecting your responsibilities. Everyone has responsibilities—success comes with responsibilities. Rules afford you freedom, not take it away. Have routines; they help you to remember what you already know.
Take personal responsibility for your own happiness, as well as your own success. Design your career within the context of your job. Your results and your quality of work are your responsibility. Don’t be afraid of being compensated based on your results; work to make your results worth compensating.
Love your work! Make time to play. Play at work. Don’t work all the time. Exercise your body. Take naps. Let your mind wonder. Meditate. Follow creative inspirations. Work hard. Be balanced. Know that balanced doesn’t mean “equal parts”; it means “includes the parts”. Pray. Have personal spiritual practices; don’t relegate them to doctrine and guilt. Pay homage to that which carries our mind and spirit and gives us our talent, abilities and creative inspiration.
Relationships, of all kinds, are the fruit of life. Focus on the similarities between you and others; appreciate and respect the differences. Give someone the gift of your time. Be present in the moment. Look for opportunities to be of service. Only when you are “fit”, do you have something to offer someone else, so take good care of YOU. Don’t give away what you don’t have, but know that the only way to ‘keep’ what you do have is to be willing to give it away; ‘keep’ is a form of control.
Avoid “obligatory” integrity—doing something because you have put yourself in a position to “have to”, instead of being “able to”. Align your thoughts, intentions, desires and actions. Be in integrity with yourself; don’t judge your insides by other people’s outsides. Stand in your own space; don’t take up residence in others’ space. Do the right thing even when no one’s watching; someone’s always watching.