It all came about when I had a recent conversation with one of my clients. I reached out to her because I had not seen her in awhile. I sent a basic text that said, “I hope to see you every day this week.”
Their response: “You will. (Followed by some emoticon with a monkey covering their eyes.)”
After Monday’s class on my drive home, I received this. . .
“It’s funny how the little things in life that mean the most. Not where you live or what you drive or the price tag on your clothes. There’s no dollar sign on a peace of mind, this I’ve come to know.” ~Zac Brown Band
Now, I’m no therapist. I don’t have the best grammar skills or spelling skills. I don’t have a degree. I don’t have the biggest bank account. I’ve never been on a tropical vacation.
However, I do know that these 15 rules of “lemonade” have helped me immensely, and even though my track record isn’t on paper with a signature at the bottom, I’ve been chasing my dreams for 11 years in a row. These are the rules I live by to keep me stress-free, supported, healthy, and strong-minded enough to break through any plateau or obstacle in my way.
1.) Be around the right friends. Marry your best friend. Find a perfect pet. These decisions will determine 99% of your elation and optimism in life. On the contrary, it will also determine 99% of your misery in life as well. It’s number 1 for a reason.
2.) Whatever you choose to do, make sure it is worth your time. Besides money, time is what we are all working to have more of. Spend both of them as wisely as possible.
3.) If there is any competition that you should ever have with someone else, it is to be happier and more positive than anyone else. It’s the healthiest competition in the yard.
4.) Show some discipline. You may want to curse up a storm in a traffic jam. You may want to spend all your money on the now. You may want to eat the whole cookie jar. Discipline skills is the best form of modesty, and nobody likes an impatient jack-butt.
5.) If you’re not willing to learn from others, then you are willing to fail. Try to perpetrate improvement every day through other’s knowledge. Uncoachable people are the least fascinating people to be around.
6.) An ego weighs you down more than a cinder block attached to your ankle. Check it at the door and realize that we all breathe the same air, all of our insides look gross, and asparagus makes all of our pee smell.
7.) In the words of Winston Churchill, “Never give up. Never ever give up.” Tenacity should be your word of the day, every day. The best advice I have ever been told was that success will take 10 years. If that person would have told me that it could happen overnight, I’d be one miserable dude.
8.) You are not perfect. Nobody is. The sooner we realize this, the less time we have to spend on how many likes you got on your Facebook status.
9.) The ugliest person in the room is always the meanest person in the room. Be kind.
10.) The amount of bad you see in the world is dramatized a million times more by the media. The amount of good you see in the world is hidden a million times more by the media. Put a little bit more faith in this society and maybe our trust issues will decrease times a million.
11.) You are going to be wrong sometimes, but don’t let that stop you from making some of the biggest decisions in your life. Being loyal, honest, and a leader will minimize these wrong choices greatly.
12.) Practice makes perfect. The best thing you can practice is being generous, and the best way to do this is to give people more than they expect (much like the conversation that started this blog). Personally, this one has helped me break through in my career and in my stress levels the most.
13.) You are the only person that you can blame for your life. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about the direction your life is headed. Take responsibility in all of your actions. Butts are for pooping.
14.) Have no shame in your game. Do you ever think back to the cafeteria table where you sat when you were in high school? What table would you sit at now? Would you have been judged? Heaven knows that I’d be at the jock, nerd, and jousting table every day. You had a jousting table, right?
15.) People will constantly give up on you in life. Make sure that no matter what, you never give up on yourself.
This is where your body changes,