Friday, August 13, 2010

The 25 Best Ways to Approach Life

Reducing the stress in our lives is largely a matter of making goals, setting priorities, getting organized, being patient, exercising self-discipline. getting along with people--- and keeping a sense of humor through it all.

I am going to share with you some basic truths and guidelines that can help you do all of the above and more.

Getting the most out of life doesn't come from accident.  It comes from taking a hard look at where we are and where we'd like to be, and making small, everyday changes that can get us from here to there.

Self-Esteem
1.  You understand that no one is more important than you are, and that no one is less important.
2.  You understand that you are unique, and that you have a unique contribution to make to this world,
3.   You work daily to improve your skills and self-knowledge.

Courage
4.  You adapt to change quickly.
5.  You see problems as challenges, and press on with a smile.
6.  You're able to take risks and deal with uncertainty.

Stress Management
7.  You pace yourself (by the hour, by the month,  by the year)
8.  You're able to look at a stack of work and tackle one thing at a time calmly.
9.  You learn from the past, plan for the future and live in the present.
10.  You understand that life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.
11.  You are able to live in peace with things you cannot change; you have the courage to change the things you can change; and you have the wisdom to know the difference.

Creativity
12.  You nurture your sense of humor ("No humor, no creativity; know humor, know creativity".
13.  You combine intuition, experience, insight and analytical thinking.
14.  You take life seriously, but yourself not at all.

Effectiveness
15.  You are positive--- you look for the good in everyone.
16.  You are a professional---you strive for excellence.
17.  You are productive --- you get the job done right and right on time.

Health
18.  You make good moment-by-moment choices concerning your wellbeing.
19.  You give your equal attention to the health of mind, body and soul.
20.  You arrive at work with your batteries fully charged.

Motivation
21.  You tap inner reserves so you're able to keep up your morale when everyone else is losing theirs.
22.  You accept responsibility for your actions.

Communcation and Quality Relationships
23.  You are patient, kind and courteous.
24.  You are forgiving and compassionate.
25.  You are sensitive to the needs and feelings of co-workers, clients, family and friends.

This is probably just the tip of the iceberg.  There are many more I could probably list.  How about you?  Are there any you would like to add to these categories?

(Excerpt from International Health Awareness Center)

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