I wasn’t either, until I learned that it is our tendency to undervalue things that aren’t ours, and to overvalue things because we already own them.
Do you, like many people, have drawers, closets, or even entire rooms filled with items that you haven’t used or worn in years? What are these items worth to you, and what might it be costing you in having them take up space in your world?
Consider what you would actually pay for these items, if you didn’t own them already.
Imagine that you are planning to change your place of residence. The two criteria I’d like you to consider as you go through the things you own are:
You will be downsizing your living and storage space by 25-35 percent.
You must pay a substantial extra fee to bring all non-essential items along.
“I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.”
⏤Abraham Lincoln,16th President of the United States
Image from Flickr by Jim Grey
Perhaps no other single factor beyond personal motivation contributes more to eventual success than social support. This includes friends, family, teachers, mentors, and other encouraging individuals. Lincoln, often considered one of our finest presidents, attributed his success⏤which included many bumps in the road⏤to a loyal and supportive friendship.
Who are the individuals that are always there to support and encourage you to be your very best? Consider thanking them today, and let them know the difference they make.
How can you pay it forward by being the friend who believes in the highest potential of others? Perhaps there is a future Lincoln in the bunch!
“Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof.”
-James Russell Lowell, 19th Century American writer/editor
Image from Flickr by Paul Varuni
Relationships, whether personal or professional, always require some give and take. Being flexible, open-minded, and willing to compromise is a common practice and simply creates greater work-ability in our lives.
On certain fundamental issues, however, we all need to stand firm and perhaps be willing to lose or leave a particular relationship due to what could be a break in integrity, ethics, and core values.
Where in either your personal or professional world is it appropriate to compromise for the betterment of all? On what matters is it appropriate and necessary to maintain the solid shingles of your fundamental values and beliefs?
“Life is simply a collection of experiences. Your job is to increase the intensity and then the frequency of those experiences.”
-Jim Rohn, late American entrepreneur, author & motivational speaker
Life is about making memories. If you doubt this idea, you only need to examine Facebook and other Social Media sites to observe the highlights from someone’s vacation, weekend, or other significant events. We all like to see what interesting and sometimes amazing experiences our friends and families are having. Of course, we far prefer to engage in these experiences ourselves!
Create your own one week, one month, and one year bucket list to be more intentional about increasing the intensity and frequency of your life experience collection.