Make up your own rules.
believe that "life is a game." Maybe so,
but most games have rules and clear-cut definitions of
winning and losing. We didn't get rule books when
we were born, and that leaves us free to make up our own
rules about life, living, losing, and winning.
Take charge of your life.
Once you've made
up your rules you can start taking charge of your
life. And when you take charge of your life, as
Geoffrey Abert said, "There is no longer need to
ask permission of other people or society at
large. When you ask permission, you give someone
veto power over your life."
Little things mean a lot.
No matter how we
live, life throws a lot of little negative things in our
way that must be dealt with or else they will greatly
diminish how we enjoy our days. Stephen Vincent
Benet said it best: "Life is not lost by
dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging
day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways."
Employ the power of positive quitting.
Most of us view
quitting as a negative thing to do, but it's
not. "Winners never quit," we're
told. In reality, winners quit all the time by
choosing to stop doing things that aren't
creating the results they desire.
Create your personal quit list.
Examine your life
closely and you'll find all sorts of things you do
and/or tolerate that hold you back, slow you down, or
effect you negatively in some other way. Decide
which ones you really want to be rid of and write them
On your mark, get set, QUIT!
quitting the things you listed. Doing so will
immediately create a positive "charge" in your
life as you rid yourself of these negatives and create
the room in your life for new, more positive
Charge into your future!
As you recreate
this positive force in your life, take big, massive
leaps into your future. Be imaginative, bold, and
brave! The results may surprise you.
You are blessed
with a particular set of skills and talents that no
one else has. Use every skill and talent to
live your life as joyfully and abundantly as
possible. Leave this life as Erma Bombeck wished
to: "When I stand before God at the end of
my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit
of talent left and could say, 'I used everything you
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life coach, speaker, and writer.