The long holiday season causes anxiety, stress, and severe burnout. Many people are caught in the frantic whirl of activities, events. The spider web of commerce and materialism entraps the majority. In the spending frenzy, we sometimes forget the real significance of the birth of Jesus. We need quiet time to reflect, pray, and nourish the spirit.
Oscar Wilde once wrote, “In this world, there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.”
Human beings have needs and many desires. It takes discernment to know the difference. Success is having what we want. Happiness is being content with what we have and loving those who love us.
Here is an updated priority list that may set us on the right path.
1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince. Have a very light dinner.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants. Eat less processed food. (Avoid preservatives, MSG, and transfats.)
4. Live with the 3 Es — Energy, Enthusiasm, Empathy.
5. Make time to practice meditation, yoga, and prayer.
6. Play more games. (Board games, team sports. Not intrigues.)
7. Read more books and broaden your outlook.
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Meditation is good for the soul and relaxes the body.
9. Sleep for seven hours.
10. Take a 30-minute walk every day. Exercise. Be active. (You will release happy hormones.)
11. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their Journey is all about.
12. Avoid negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13. Don’t overdo anything. Keep your limits. Know your priorities.
14. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
15. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip. (It is negative.)
16. Dream more while you are awake. (This is a favorite!)
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all that you need.
18. Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner about his/her mistakes. That would ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. (Pray for them!)
20. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present. Move on.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. The lessons you learn will last a lifetime. (Or else, you will keep repeating the same mistakes.)
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
Society and relationships
25. Spend more quality time with your family.
26. Each day, give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything.
28. Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
29. What other people think of you is THEIR problem, not yours.
30. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your family and true friends will take care of you. Stay in touch.
32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or cheerful.
34. GOD heals everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.
Achieving Success requires a positive mental attitude. There are so many things that can go wrong in your success journey that if you don’t work on strengthening your mental attitude you are likely to give up on your success goals. Keep in mind that even the most successful people face adversities – yes, they make mistakes, they have bad luck, their plans don’t come together as they originally envisioned it. Don’t ever believe that this only happens to you. Failure is part of the success journey.
Why do you need a positive mental attitude? Because too many things will likely go wrong, and you must be strong to face them. Here is a list of some the things you are likely to face in your pursuit of success:
You Are Going to Make Mistakes
Make no mistake about it – you are going to make mistakes! Sometimes you will make such big and hairy mistakes that you will just go “what in the world was I thinking?” Don’t beat yourself up for making mistakes. Even when you make mistakes in areas where you should have known better. We all do it. It will happen to you. Get over it, learn from the mistake and move on.
It Will Not Work as Planned
You can spend days on end putting together a perfect plan, but chances are that things will not go as planned. Most of the time we underestimate the effort to create value and the likelihood that we will achieve positive results. Don’t be disappointed when that happens. Look at it as an experiment. Like Thomas Edison once said, every time your experiment fails you learned another way that it will not work.
You Will Have Bad Luck
Yes, bad luck happens. Your timing may be off. You may miss the mark by a small but critical amount. You may run into bad people. It happens to everyone.
You May Not Be as Talented as You Think
Sometimes you will overestimate your talent. You may think you can outsmart or outperform your competition, only to find out that people out there are better than you thought.
This is just a small list of all the things that will get in the way of your success. The point is, you need to be mentally prepared for when these things happen. Just realizing that they happen to even the most successful people you put you in a better state of mind to recognize it and deal with it when it happens to you.
The best performers know this very well and they spend a lot of time getting mentally prepared for performing. Watch the best athletes as they concentrate right before a big game. Most of the time in the locker room is dedicated to getting psyched for the big challenge ahead.
Keep in mind that realizing the mistakes that you have made in the past is a sign that you are have grown, that you are smarter now than you were before. Never let your past mistakes become a mental block to your future success.
Success only comes through a positive mental attitude. Strengthen you mental attitude by practicing it, just like you practice playing an instrument or doing drills for a sport. The next time something bad happens to you, don’t spend much time lamenting it. Don’t spend much time being angry or sad. Practice this over and over until it becomes second nature to you.
A strong mental attitude is perhaps one of the most important laws of success. Make it part of your arsenal.