habits bring the tremendous rewards of success, joy, and
lasting fulfillment. Here are seven habits that I
believe are very important for living
joyfully and successfully:
Gratitude. . . offering a simple and sincere "Thank
you" when someone is helpful or shows a kindness,
and offering daily prayers of gratitude for all
Reliability and trustworthiness. . . taking personal
responsibility to keep one's agreements, even if it
takes longer than anticipated.
Persistence and tenacity. . taking measured risks,
surmounting obstacles, and with patience, completing
worthwhile missions that fulfill one's purpose.
Encouragement. . . showing appreciation and support for
the talents, dreams, efforts, and accomplishments of
Compassion. . . doing what is possible to alleviate
human suffering, treating other members of our human
family with love, generosity, and forgiveness.
Cooperation. . . welcoming necessary changes,
negotiating and resolving differences in ways that
achieve common goals, communicate goodwill, show
strength of character, and foster supportive alliances.
Continuous learning. . . gaining new skills, recording
experiences, and learning from both desirable and
undesirable events to create clearer maps for future
John Dryden wisely wrote, "We first make our
habits, and then our habits make us." So adopting
new habits begins with a decision--a commitment to take
actions that will align with one's values and goals.
Consider the questions below. Your answers will create a
valuable "habit list" to review and update
from time to time:
What habits have consistently brought rewards to your
personal life or career? What rewards did they
bring? What habits could you adopt today that
could have a positive impact on your future? What are
you will expect to receive?
May your life, today and in the future, be filled with
all the rewards that you desire.
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