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Raju Guides: Lessons From Life (Ongoing)

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  • Success has less to do with hard work and more to do with massive focus on your few best opportunities.
  • Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
  • Why resist change when it’s the main source of your growth?
  • Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.
  • When in doubt, just take the next small step.
  • Life is too short – enjoy it.
  • The more you invest in growing and developing your mindset and way of seeing the world, the more everything you touch transforms in a breathtakingly positive way.
  • Live with the 3 E’s – Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.
  • Make time to pray.
  • Pursuing perfection really does matter (in a world highly accepting of mediocrity).
  •  Spending full days with zero technology to refuel or do important work is a game-changer.
  • Doing something super-nice for at least one stranger a day gives them a gift and an even larger one to yourself.
  • Adore your parents. You’ll miss them when they’re gone.
  • Most TV is toxic.
  • Read more books than you did last year.
  • Have the discipline to clean out all the energy-draining people in your life. You really do rise or fall to the level of your associations.
  • Doing huge dreams we have never done can be frightening. Yet when we push to the edges of our limits, our limits expand.
  • Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
  • Pay off your credit cards every month.
  • Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
  • Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. & while you walk, SMILE. It is the ultimate antidepressant.
  • Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
  • Drink green tea and plenty of water.
  • Eat blueberries, broccoli, and almonds.
  • Try to make at least three people smile each day.
  • Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
  • Sleep for seven hours.
  • Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
  • Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Forgive them for everything!
  • Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  • You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  • Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
  • Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily and while you walk, smile.
  • Help the needy,Be generous ! Be a ‘Giver’ not a ‘Taker’.
  • You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
  • Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
  • Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
  • Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
  • Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  • Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
  • If you don’t make the time for yourself to get inspired, no one around you will ever be inspired.
  • Integrity is more valuable than income.
  • Talk less. Do more.
  • Model Mandela and you’ll find at the end of your life you lived an awesome one.
  • Learn to love yourself. It’s the great rule for being loving with other people.
  • Your environment (your home, your office, the magazines you read etc.) dramatically affects your levels of achievement.
  • To become successful, first learn how to be happy. Too many think that the route to happiness is to get successful. Untrue.
  • Getting ultra-fit lifts every other area of your life.
  • Self-belief is so incredibly important. Because if you don’t believe you can achieve a vision/goal, then you won’t even start to do the work needed to achieve that vision/goal.
  •  Our biggest enemy is our own self-doubt. We really can achieve extraordinary things in our lives. But we sabotage our greatness because of our fear.
  •  Drink more water.
  •  Join a mastermind group. It’s just remarkable what being in a room full of people who are smarter than yourself does for your performance.
  • Related to the above, remember what Dennis Kimbro once said: “If you’re the smartest one of your friends, you need new friends.”
  •  Dopamine is the elite performers best friend. [I really dug deep into the neurobiology of high-achievement in this past year and discovered that this neurotransmitter is the key to motivation…and it is released when we push our envelopes and do things that are difficult].
  •  You rarely go wrong when you trust yourself.
  •  If you try to do it all yourself you get very little done. The most productive people set the dream and then hand it over swiftly to a project manager to execute with precision.
  • Become one of the rare people who don’t know how to quit (unless it really is time to quit).
  •  Smile. It truly makes a difference to the people around you.
  • Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.
  • Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
  • It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.
  • When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
  • Don’t over-do. Keep to your limits.
  • Dream more while you are awake.
  • Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  • Forget issues of the past.
  • Smile and laugh more.
  • You don’t have to win every argument, agree to disagree.
  •  Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
  • Over-prepare, then go with the flow.
  • Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
  • No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
  • Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’
  • Always choose life.
  • Forgive.
  • What other people think of you is none of your business.
  •  Just because excellent manners are not so common doesn’t mean that excellent manners are not incredibly important.
  •  It’s so much better to fail trying than to not even get into the game.
  • Music just makes life a whole lot better.
  •  You can change the world or you can worry about fitting in but you just can’t do both.
  •  Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and beautiful at the end.
  •  The real key to getting great things done is stop doing so many good things.
  •  Small little details done excellently and consistently stack up into something the world sees as Mastery.
  •  Spend time in nature to renew and refuel.
  •  Less entertainment, more education.
  •  Gratitude is the antidote to misery.
  •  We become happier not by accumulating more things but by creating richer experiences.
  •  The more you serve, the more joyful you’ll become.
  • Life’s short. Have fun.
  • Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
  • However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  • Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  • Believe in miracles.
  • Growing old beats the alternative of dying young.
  • Your children get only one childhood.
  • All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
  • If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
  • Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you need.
  • The best is yet to come…
  • No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
  • Yield.
  • Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.
  • Call your family often.
  • Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of six.
  • Try
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Written by Raju Bist

January 1, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Posted in Raju Guides

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