I saw this the other day and wanted to share it with you all. I like this poster, it is a great roadmap to live by. These days I see way too many people take things so personally. I can’t and won’t let someone else’s remarks, actions or beliefs affect me in a negative way. Sure, I still get road rage, but I control it, its a 1 second lapse in my character, which I quickly change to a laugh, smile or just a simple gesture with my finger. Then its all over with.
OK,that was number 2. What about number 1, be impeccable with your word. Simple right? HA!!!! I challenge any of us, me included to speak only what we mean for just a day. Christ WAR would break out. BUT, we can speak with integrity, speak what we mean (in a nicer way) and not talk bad of others. This is hard for some people, heck I had a salesman in here the other day, looked me square in the eye and lied to me. He knew he was lying and just kept it up. I can’t image how someone who is knowingly deceiving someone can sleep at night, but 1000’s of people do it….
Being in practice now for over 17 years, I have spent maybe 2 nights where I lost sleep over someone in my office. First was a rib that was cracked, second was a marketing mistake I made, which I fixed the very next morning.
I have dealt with countless salespeople (don’t mean to pick on them) that have lied straight to my face to get the deal done. When I finally catch the lie, I call and sure as rain, they don’t work here anymore.. LOL
Moving on to Number 3. Don’t Make Assumptions. WOW and I bad at this one. I try hard not to judge people based on first appearance, but for some reason, I seem to always make assumptions on what others think or do. My lovely wife can testify to that… I am trying to break this habit, its hard when most of our lives we have made assumptions of one sort or another. Take gravity for example, we assume that if we throw a ball straight up in the air, that it will fall right back down because of gravity right? Well what if HUGE bird flew over right at that moment and swallowed our ball? Or maybe a spaceship shoots it out of the sky with its lazer cannon? Our assumption would have been wrong. Yes, we know gravity exists, but we don’t know what will happen from one second to the next, so assuming is what we do. Kinda hard to not assume things, but we can try, and try and try, eventually we will build a habit of assuming less.
Sorry for the long post BTW. But almost done, number 4 is Always do your best. My 3 kids are in Track and Field this month, its hard for a 8, 7 or 5 yo to understand competition and even harder apparently for them to understand why they aren’t first every time. But I am trying to teach them to just run their hardest, not worry about who is behind or in front of them. To run the race just for them, as fast and hard as they can. My 8yo tore up the 400 the other night, winning by quite a margin, maybe he is getting it. My 7yo and 5yo are working on it I know, and this will serve as a good example of always doing your best.
Longest post I have made I think, but its a good poster..
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