This is big. After years of working with employee groups, training, coaching individuals, and being around some of the most successful people in several industries – I have realized that two things are always the same…Having a purpose driven life – a purpose that you know, live by, and use a filter daily. The second is perspective. Here are a few things I have learned and witnessed.
1. Nobody owes you anything. Tony Robbins often talks about thanking his parents for the ‘crappy’ times because it is a part of where he is today. Regardless of how you were raised and what your parents did or didn’t do – you have control of your future and where you choose to spend your time.
2. On the same note – where you dwell, you will stay. Do you think you’re owed something? Did somebody take something from you? Break a promise? MOVE ON. Forgive and move forward. Nobody is perfect – dwelling and focusing on the glass half full is going to get you nowhere.
3. Forgiveness. Strong legacies forgive.
4. Complaining. There is a story my grandfather told about his days as a soldier from WWII fighting against the Nazi’s. It was a story that makes you see the worst of humanity…a bad day is walking up on someone you knew, ‘from a different village,’ who had been brutally murdered by the Nazis. That was his basis for the worst kind of day in his mind. I often think of the stories I hear from people and think, you need perspective on the world and what bad days are. People who can keep perspective, even on the worst days, can win even on bad days. Which is why I have an incredibly low tolerance for constant complaining.
5. If you can read this, you still have breath in your lungs. GO DO.
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