Thursday, February 12, 2009

Five Rules For Life

I've often noticed that when something drastic happens in one's life, whether it be for good or bad, change occurs. Maybe the drastic thing that's happening in your life now is the economy, a family issue, a job issue, a health issue, or something else. I'll challenge you to take these 5 rules and make them your mantra.

Take control, you'll feel a whole lot better and you'll have a much more positive outlook on things. The list, taken from this blog was written by Gina Trapani:

1.) "Be the change you want to see in the world."
Mahatma Gandhi's famous edict is especially relevant in the U.S. right now, as President Obama kicks off a new era of change. What change do you want to see? How are you living it every day?

2.) DO something.
Theodore Roosevelt said, "The only people who never make a mistake are the people who never do anything." Get over your fear of failure and try. Failures are necessary stepping stones to success.

3.) "To thine own self be true."
For me, Shakespeare's famous line means that I should be able to look at myself in the mirror each day and feel good about what I see there, as well as anything that bears my name.

4.) Our lives are the stories we tell ourselves.
If you don't like your life, tell yourself a different story. There's a reason the notion of "positive thinking" gets bludgeoned to death in the self-help section
at any bookstore - the ability to consciously direct your thoughts to the good side of things is the ultimate mental black belt skill, and it makes a world of difference in your attitude and effect on others.

5.) Don't live by anyone else's rules.
Not even Gandhi's, Shakespeare's, Theodore Roosevelt's, or mine. Go make your own!