from Business Insider.com 4/12 enhanced by Peter/CXO Wiz4biz 9/13
11. Know Yourself
“There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.”
Understanding ourselves is not easy. Sometimes we just don’t want to see ourselves, for who we really are. It’s much easier to hold onto a rationalized version of ourselves or to simply view ourselves through other people’s eyes. Start by being brutally honest with yourself. Follow through with understanding, compassion & acceptance.
12. Don’t Self-Sabotage “Who had deceived you, so often as yourself?”
We spend so much time worrying about other people hurting us, yet fail to comprehend the damage we inflict on ourselves. If you are using negative self-talk, lying to yourself or indulging in addictive behavior you are self-sabotaging. Life can dish up enough challenges without us adding to the mix. Be kind to yourself. Treat yourself like you would a best friend. Give yourself rewards – when you deserve them.
13. Don’t Give Up “Energy & persistence conquer all things.”
Achieving our goals can be downright exhausting. There will be days when you want to give up. There will be times when your energy levels flatline and you wonder why you bother getting out of bed. Yet, you push forward, day after day, because you believe in yourself and you have the determination & strength to back up that belief.
14. Wise Up “Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon & wise too late.”
Old Ben was definitely onto something with this one. Who hasn’t had the thought – “I wish I could know then, what I know now? Unfortunately, there is no time machine; there is no going back. The key is to “wise up” as early as you can, to start forging a life of purpose, achievement & happiness that you want. Then celebrate all the significant milestones along the way.
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