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January 10th, 2008

Tips for life

We can make our lives easier and happier, make ourselves more appealing to others, and make success more likely, if we do these simple things:

  • Don’t believe everything you hear or read.

  • You can’t please everyone so don’t try.

  • You only get one shot at life so give it the best you’ve got.

  • Count your blessings.

  • Your mind can only focus on one thought at a time so make it a positive and pleasant thought.

  • Don’t try to control anyone or allow anyone to control you.

  • Before you go to sleep write down anything that is troubling you and/or the things you need to do the next day. You can then relax and sleep more soundly.

  • Never jeopardize your integrity or your reputation.

  • When necessary don’t be too proud to admit that you are wrong, that you need help, that you are sorry, or that you don’t know something.

  • Cultivate a sense of humour.

  • You can learn something from everyone (even children and the elderly).

  • Don’t put things off.

  • Pull your weight and do your fair share.

  • Pay attention.

  • Be loyal.

  • Don’t let anyone rush you into making important decisions.

  • Don’t let anyone talk you into doing anything you don’t feel comfortable doing.

  • If something (or someone) seems too good to be true, it probably is.

  • Have good manners.

  • Be tactful.

  • Reserve judgement until you have all the information.

  • Life isn’t fair so don’t expect it to be and you won’t feel like a victim.

  • Learn to say ‘no’ politely by firmly.
  • Don’t burn your bridges.

  • Learn to see things from the other person’s point of view and to imagine how they feel.

  • Keep your cool.

  • Don’t gamble, gossip, whine or complain.

  • Don’t take those you love for granted.

  • Don’t make promises you can’t keep.

  • We are all influenced by those around us so surround yourself with good people.

  • Don’t always try to be right but rather try to do right.

  • Be a good loser and a good winner.

  • Learn from your mistakes so that you don’t have to repeat them.

  • Have a plan (for your career, life, health and wealth).

  • Don’t take everything so seriously.

  • Embrace self-improvement.

  • Life is unpredictable so don’t be smug or complacent.

  • Look for a job or career that matches your values, interests, temperament and abilities.

  • Don’t waste energy carrying grudges.

  • Have good posture.

  • Be someone others want to be around—be positive, cheerful and enthusiastic.

  • Be curious. Ask questions, look beneath the surface.

  • Don’t get worked up over trivialities (such as bad drivers, rude service people or waiting in queues). Life is too short to waste time and energy on unimportant things.

  • Carefully read anything that you have to sign.

  • Be kind.

  • Avoid people who are negative, domineering, bossy, complaining, gossipy, criminal, critical, envious or who you simply don’t enjoy being around.

  • Be punctual.

  • Always wear your seatbelt.

  • Pay your bills on time.

  • Learn to really listen (instead of just waiting for your turn to talk).

  • Remember people’s names.

  • Smile.

  • Take a walk every day.

  • Chose a romantic partner with care. That choice alone will be responsible for 90% of your happiness or misery.

  • Look after your body. You only get one.

  • Be brave.

  • Save at least 10% of your income.

  • Try to see the best in every situation.

  • Take responsibility for your own life and decisions.

  • Treat everyone the way you would like to be treated.

  • Return everything you borrow.

  • Don’t get caught up in the status game (by having to keep up with the Joneses).

  • Don’t assume that everyone has the same beliefs, standards, values, tastes, needs or desires that you do.
  • Have good boundaries - don’t intrude or impose on others or allow them to intrude or impose on you (physically or emotionally).

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