Handbook for Creating and Living a Meaningful Life: 30+ Lessons of The Road.

Principles for  Creating a Meaningful Life.  38 Principles and growing…and creating Love 2.0  in your quest for meaning and fulfillment  

  1. Remember you never get a second chance to make a powerful “first impressions”.
  2. Learn to be a “dynamic and strategic” communicator. Find and use your voice.
  3. Always Be Learning- Develop a Growth Mindset so You Can Learn Anything
  4. Live your life by “playing to win and not to lose” by having belief in yourself.
  5. Learn to be patient. Persevere. Make the effort. And Practice to reach your potential
  6. Dare to be great. Live life as an adventure and always be a seeker .

  7. Be an Active listener. Start by seeking first to understand and then to be understood.

  8. Treat everyone you meet with respect and dignity.

  9. Don’t sleep walk through life. Experience it by being present in the “here and now”Being Present in the moment. This concept is defined as the ability to be completely in the “here and now” and being open and flexible enough to learn new ways to handle challenges, expectations, opportunities, unexpected crisis and conflicts. 
  10. Use the 5 to 1 rule to become a positive and enthusiastic force for others.
  11. Show gratitude and be thankful for your gifts in life. Experience the world as one of abundance not scarcity.Be grateful for good things in your life.  Acknowledge daily what is right in your life.
  12. Be open and flexible to different points of view. Always be willing to change and admit your ignorant.
  13. Be Mentally Tough. Never give-up, never give-up…learn to understand the principle of grit
  14. When dreams are broken re-frame them through personal change and self-renewal.
  15. Honor the 10,000 hour rule: Be persistent and patient put in the time and energy into being mentally tough and a master of your art.
  16. Learn the rule and financial rewards of compound interest.
  17.  Discipline yourself to never spend beyond your means.
  18. Practice Kaizen and look for ways to constantly improve both strengths and weaknesses.
  19. Commit yourself to self-development and life-long learning and improvement. Be open to feedback.
  20. Understand that happiness is based on relationships not money and material stuff.
  21. Be loyal and unconditionally support your family and friends. In life’s ups and downs they will be tested.
  22. Be decisive even if it means you’ll sometimes be wrong.
  23. Be a self-starter–take responsibility for keeping commitments DWYSYWD
  24. When you look back on your life try to live a life of no excuses or regrets by challenging the “status quo”earl and often.
  25. Be a leader of others. Do what you think you can’t do.Always give 100% to a cause. Be a kind and caring giver in life. Be a man and woman for others.
  26. Take good care of those you love.Practice and learn the C.A.R.E. model
  27. Don’t do anything that your Mom would say is stupid.
  28. Give yourself and others the benefit of the doubt, see them as having good intentions.
  29. Practice self-compassion and empathy.
  30. Learn to trust others and give it away. Trust is the cornerstone for finding your truth in life
  31. Trust requires you to be vulnerable and self-disclosing. Eliminate secrets in life.
  32. Be more aware of your biases in life- rating yourself higher than others, confirmation bias etc. Work hard on eliminating your “blindspots”
  33. Choose a career that is aligned with your passion, purpose, values and beliefs. Do what you believe in and love to do. p25 Success Built to Last
  34. Remember that the last of human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude. Victor Frankl 
  35. Rule for interacting–Don’t forget to “MAKE ME FEEL IMPORTANT”.
  36. Take on challenges with your eyes wide open. Accept and promote the philosophy of “fail early and often” because it is the key to harnessing more self-awareness and encourages feedback that provides the fuel for personal and professional change and growth.
  37. This last bears repeating because it is the closest rule to my heart because it often reminds me of two famous quotes (available in several variations on the Web). First, there is Edison’s quote about failure and inventing the light bulb: “I have not failed, not once. I’ve discovered ten thousand ways that don’t work.” Then there is Frank Lloyd Wright’s insight “You can use an eraser on the drafting table or a sledgehammer on the construction site.”
  38.  Take time to recover and be more mindful in living life…
  39. Don’t try to manage “stress” in life accept that life is full of pain, suffering and stress.
  40. How do you go about getting feedback from others which is the lifeblood for growth and development?

 

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