January 3, 2021
Question: What are some of your most important rules for living?
Answer: This is an easy one, since I have a set of “rules for living” that I keep posted to review every day. Some are statements that I created for myself, some are quotes that have inspired me to live with more intention. Here are a few:
- “Striving to be 1% better every day.”
- “Achieving more than one ever thought possible.”
- “Dream Big. Live With Purpose. Inspire Others.”
- “Be you. For you. And be cool with it.”
- “Do more. Be more. Give more. Love more.”
- “Do what you say you will do.”
- “Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda
- “Done is better than perfect.” – Sheryl Sandberg
- “Be who you needed to be when you were younger.” – Brad Montague
- “Give your best, to the most, for the least.” Charles Eames, as shared by Brian Johnson
- “Be who you are and say what you feel because people who mind don’t matter and people who matter don’t mind.” – Bernard Baruch
- “Our job in this lifetime is not to fit into some mold that others have determined is best for us. Our job is to find out who we already are – and become it.” – Steven Pressfield
- “The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The work of life is to develop it. The meaning of life is to give your gift away.” – David Viscott
- “In any given moment each day, you have two options: you can choose to step forward into growth (+1) or backward into safety (-1).” – Abraham Maslow
There are more, but these are the important “Rules” that define how I live my life every day.
Part of the reason why I was inspired to do this “The Year of You” journal was a video by Brad Montague, “A Pep Talk about a Pep Talk” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnzsXWAxRPI. I’ve been in higher education for over 30 years; in fact, I have been on a college campus every year since August 1981! And yet, I wondered what else was there left for me to do. I know that I want to make an impact, but how?
In the video, he asks two questions:
- What is your “Space Jam?”
- What will you create to make the world more awesome?
And after some deep contemplation, it’s coming together, which I will share in another post.
If you have about 6 minutes, check out the video, then share your thoughts about the video and/or how you would answer the questions?