15 Important Things I Have Learned Lately
Written by: | Saturday, June 2nd, 2012
I got to thinking about how much comes at each of us each day. Some of it doesn’t really matter – and it’s gone in an instant. Other things are important enough to learn, remember and apply. So, I thought I would share some important things I have learned lately. Use this list, add to it and share it with the people you care about. Incorporate the meaningful things into your life.
Important things I have learned lately are:
1. My ideas are not always the right ideas – they are just ideas. I shouldn’t be so connected to them as “mine.”
2. I should always ask more than I tell – because when I ask, I find out information that can determine what I should do next. If I don’t ask, I’ll never know.
3. I may not initially like everyone I meet, but I must remember that everyone has an inner potential to be extraordinary – and I should focus on seeing that potential. This can’t help but change how I respond to everyone I meet.
4. Opportunities are everywhere; it just takes a change in outlook to see what can happen, not what can’t happen.
5. Many times what seem like the worst situations are really the best situations – they just require a little more effort and some additional patience to find the value and the reward.
6. Sometimes, the very best thing to say is nothing.
7. Making time to listen to someone – without judgment and with interest – is one of the most powerful things I can do for someone else. They feel respected, valued and cared about.
8. Make time to be in the garden, or to celebrate something, everyday – no matter what. Life is meant to be celebrated because there is always more right with it than wrong with it.
9. Catch others doing great things and comment. They love the attention.
10. Never interrupt people when they are speaking – it makes them feel unimportant and that their comments or ideas don’t matter.
11. Call or write to the important people in your life because they all want to be reminded that they matter.
12. Getting up early each day to spend time meditating, reading or just thinking is a powerful way to approach each day. It sets the mind up to be productive, aware and happy.
13. People are who they are. Trying to change them is futile. Trying to connect with them, appreciate them and inspire them is a much better use of time and effort.
14. Use what is learned today to make better decisionstomorrow.
15. Choose experiences over things, people over stuff, and time over objects.
You know the Nationwide insurance commercial tagline, “life comes at you fast”? It sure does. We can easily get overwhelmed and never really learn from life unless we stop every now and then and think about what has come our way. From that we can pick out the lessons that will help us live a great life – and those things that just clutter our minds. Make the time to create your list of things learned – then build these lessons into your life.
Good news should always be shared and recording important life lessons is good news. Please share this with someone who can benefit from it. And contact me to learn about Life Lessons and other Greatness Coaching techniques.