I’m back! I just finished the semester and it feels great to be free once again! Over the last month I posted 28 life guidelines. I posted one each day to my Twitter and Facebook Page (#28lifeguides #my28lifeguidelines). I’ve compiled them below and added a few extra. Take each one with a grain of salt. They are the guidelines that I try to live by, but by no means rules. So if I get hit by a bus tomorrow, at least there is something to remember me by. I hope you enjoy!
1. Trust your first (gut) instinct. 2. Tell the truth.
3. Question everything.
4. Learn from your failures and don’t be afraid to fail often.
- Set goals that push your limits. It’s a lame excuse to make things easy – always take it a notch past your comfort level – don’t be afraid to fail. It’s better to fail trying to do something that expands your abilities and makes you work harder than you ever thought possible, than to succeed at doing something you knew you could accomplish with your eyes closed.
5. Laugh frequently
6. Relationships are more important than things.
7. Hug as much as you can.
8. Never regret what has happened in the past, you can’t change it.
9. Help others without expecting anything in return.
10. Always put family first & do your best to stay in touch with friends.
11. Perfect your ability to love. It’s the most powerful force in the world.
12. Realize that happiness isn’t something you can “obtain.”
- The sooner you realize that happiness isn’t something you obtain like a car or a job, the more likely you are to achieve it. Most people think they will be happy if they get a promotion, start a relationship with someone, or buy a certain kind of car. But I believe that happiness is created, not acquired. Have you ever wondered why people with much less are happier than people with more? If not, go to Ghana – you will find out shortly thereafter.
13. Pay attention to 2-year-olds and puppies. They know what’s really important.
14. Go outside everyday regardless of the weather.
15. Look at sunsets; smell the flowers; listen to the birds; touch the people you care about; taste life. Everything you need is right in front of you.
16. Surround yourself with people you like and admire. We tend to imitate those around us whether we want to or not.
17. Live by your own values. Others may think they know what is best for you, but you’re the one who has to live with the consequences of your actions.
- Don’t be silent in the face of injustice. Treat others with respect. Do what is right for the world and the environment, and quit thinking it’s “someone else’s” job or problem.
18. Listen to your body and take care of it.
19. Follow your dreams. Life is exciting when you’re pursuing your own goals.
20. Make peace with death, sooner rather than later – when you are still healthy.
21. Practice the art of listening.
22. Never settle for second best.
23. Forgive yourself and others. We’re all doing the best we can.
24. Take responsibility for meeting your own needs, but don’t do it in ways that keep others from meeting theirs.
25. Prepare in advance for your own confidence.
26. Don’t compare your life to others; you are on an entirely different path.
27. Stop trying to read everyone’s mind, it can’t be done.
28. Don’t gossip.
29. Get a dog. (I still need to do this – college isn’t a good place for a puppy…)
- A dog will love you unconditionally. A dog thinks you are the greatest, coolest, smartest, most successful person in the world. Get a dog and work hard to live up to its expectations. You will thank me 😉
30. Make yourself a brand.
- Take a minute and decide what you want to be, and what you want people to associate you with. Then, map it out and work hard to make it a reality.
31. Have a blast! Life is short.