Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas Edison
What is success for you? It’s very important to know what you truly value in life. That in turn will help you define what success will be for you.
Where have you found success already? Asking this question will help you realize all that you have and all that you are. Maybe you’re successful already?
What more do you seek? This question can lead you to vistas and experiences unknown right now. It can also encourage you to stay on the determined path so that you don’t give up too early.
Recommendation: Little Gold Book of YES!
Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for things we did not do that is inconsolable. – Sydney J. Harris
Our other regrets come from ways we couldn’t be. Like when we couldn’t be loving and patient, especially with our kids or our parents.
Regret is a lot of wasted energy. Instead of wallowing in what you couldn’t do or be, Do what you need to do and Be what you need to be, starting right now.
Then, we won’t have any ‘inconsolable’ regrets!
Recommendation: One Month to Live: Thirty Days to a No-Regrets Life
To achieve your goal, your life may sound like a perfume counter – full of Passion and Obsession, leading to Joy. – John-Roger McWilliams
What is your goal in life? Passion and obsession about any goal will do at least 2 things:
- Either it’s a goal worth pursuing in which case you’ll be closer to your Life Purpose. Which only leads to more passion and joy!
- You will learn a lesson or two during your journey in the pursuit of a goal that eventually turns out to be not that fulfilling, in which case you’ll still be closer to your Life Purpose!
Being passionate about any goal ain’t such a bad thing!
Go be a fragrant being!
Recommendation: Do It!: Let’s Get Off Our Buts
I was going to buy a copy of ‘The Power of Positive Thinking’, and then I thought: What the hell good would that do? – Ronnie Shakes
Well why is all this positive thinking stuff, good health, happiness, joy, God, life purpose, love etc., necessary or even valid?
Well sometimes you need to turn a commonly accepted concept on its head. Why accept what others tell us? Why accept what any book or article tells us? How can we know for sure? How can we be sure about anything?
Recommendation: Here Be Dragons: An Introduction to Critical Thinking
Nothing is worth more than this day. – Goethe
How often do we forget, that we don’t have all eternity (at least here and now!). We start thinking each day is just like another, mundane and boring. Don’t we all do that? Why do we forget that each day is truly unique, every moment that we breathe is like none other before? This is actually a testament to God’s creativity that everyone and everything is brand new, moment by moment and daily!
So let’s breathe in this perspective and enjoy each moment as best we can. Enjoy this day as one that’ll be gone forever soon enough. Realize that maybe this is the last year of our life, how should we live it?
Go kick some tires, smell some roses, peck some cheeks and yell ‘hooray’ once in a while, Life is Good (Part 2)!
Recommendation: Love: What Is Life All About
Learn to get in touch with silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from. – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
Do you ever get the feeling that everything’s got to have a purpose, that you have got to have a purpose, otherwise all that we do is for naught?
Well that’s exactly how it is. There’s a purpose and a season for everything and everyone.
- What is your purpose in life?
- What have events in your life prepared you to do, today?
- Or what are they preparing you to do eventually?
Answers to these questions and real direction can be had if you but “learn to get in touch with silence within yourself”.
Are you going to try it?
Recommendation: On Life After Death by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
The quieter you become, the more you can hear. – Ram Dass
True silence can do wonders. True silence is that of the mind not that of the audible kind. As we become more still, we can observer better, we listen more intently, we perceive a lot more and our sense of intuition flowers! Inspiration and creativity is heightened when we let our mind settle down naturally.
How do you do that?
Watch yourself. Watch as thoughts arise, notice their origin, and where they lead you. Observe how you act or react to any incident. Get to know yourself intimately, in this fashion. Your effortless watching of self leads to a quiet alertness that connects you to the essence of all that is.
A peace beyond understanding, a joy inexpressible, emerges!
Recommendation: The Power of Now