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Life Principles I Recommend Part 2 Print E-mail
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Written by By Thamar Jones   
Thursday, 10 May 2018 00:00

Do you have a personal manual of life principles that you live by? What adages do you use to guide you in your everyday living? Since last week, I have been sharing my list of 75 important life principles that I try to live by. This list is a compilation of important life lessons I’ve learned at one point or another. It pertains to different areas of life from dealing with people, to our emotions, to life’s challenges, to achieving success, to handling failure. I shared the first 25 last week and this week I’ll share the second 25 of my list.

As you read each point, think about the truth behind each principle, how it applies to your life, and the actions you should take in light of it.

I now present to you:  Life Principles I Recommend Part 2:

26. Frustration: makes you feel bad and doesn’t help you solve your problem. Release the frustration in you and work on the issues instead.

27. Fulfillment: You create a more fulfilling life by giving attention to the good things, not the bad things; by celebrating the good stuff, not whining about the bad stuff; by working on things that you love, not doing the things that you hate.

28. Future: You can’t control the future, but you can affect the present moment. If you want to have a better future, create it.

29. Generosity: Being generous doesn’t deprive you. When you are generous to others, you subsequently receive more into your life. Rather than think about what you can receive (whether from people or from the universe), think about what you can give to others.

30. Growth: Always challenge yourself to reach greater heights. There is always room to be better, regardless of who you are or what you have done. Be attached to the notion of growth, not an end state.

31. Habits: Your habits make you who you are. Excellent habits give you an excellent life.

32. Happiness: is the result of doing what brings you joy. It is not a goal to be achieved. Rather than focus on being happy (for the sake of being happy), do what makes you happy instead.

33. Haste: Sometimes, more haste leads to less speed. Being in a hurry can lead to more mistakes compared to if you were not.

34. Humility: will earn you more respect, acknowledgment and recognition than arrogance ever will. There’s no need to be a show off. If you are really good at what you do, it will automatically show through your accomplishments.

35. Ideals: are good but don’t let them stop you from living in the present. They are meant to inspire you and give you a direction to move toward so that you can maximize your present moment (not to take you away from living in it).

36. Individuality: Everyone is different. Accept that each and every person is unique. Stop imposing expectations on people.

37. Intuition and Logic: Contrary to popular belief, intuition and logic are not at odds with each other – they go hand-in-hand. Hone your analytical mind through constant thinking. Cultivate your intuition by listening to your gut. They will be the biggest tools you have at your disposal.

38. Jealousy: is what happens when you resent someone’s success. But you don’t have to, because you are capable of achieving that same level of success, and more.

39. Judgment: Judging people doesn’t make you a better person. It only makes you an ugly one.

40. Laughter: Perhaps a little cliche, but laughter is one of the best medicines for the soul. When’s the last time you had a good laugh? If you haven’t been laughing/smiling/grinning for a while, maybe you have been too stifled in your life. Go do something that makes you loosen up and laugh out loud.

41. Let go: Sometimes you have to let go of what you have now in order to move forward. If there is something you can’t let go of, dig deeper. There is probably something in you waiting to be uncovered.

42.Life: is an experience that you actively create, not something you wait around to “happen”.

43. Limits: The only limit in life is yourself. No one’s stopping you from becoming better and achieving more except yourself. To reach greater heights, identify your limits and remove them accordingly.

44. Love: isn’t something you deliberately seek out. It’s something that happens when you follow your life path, become the right person, and meet that right person along your life’s journey.

45. Low consciousness people: If you do not want to be affected by people of low consciousness, simply raise your consciousness to a level where you are safe from them.  Low consciousness people hold you back from reaching greater heights. These include energy vampires, critical people, dishonest characters, and people with temperament issues. Let them go from your life and send them love as you do that.

46. Material objects: are just tools to help you enjoy your life. You do not carry them with you when you die. So, don’t invest yourself in them. Rather, invest yourself in the development of your consciousness.

47. Mistakes: are there to help you learn more about yourself. Don’t be hung up about the mistakes you make. Don’t be afraid of making (more) mistakes either. Be hungry about the lessons they embody.

48. Money: is a symbol of value exchange between people. The amount of money you earn is simply a representation of the value you are giving to others. To earn more money, simply create more value for others.

49. Motivation: comes naturally when you do what you love.

50. Nasty people: The nastiest of people are also the unhappiest of people. Be kind to them because they are the ones who need your love the most.

Living a principled life is easier said than done. Fortunately, we don’t need to be perfect; we need only to learn and improve as we go. In fact, when I fall short of my own expectations is when I learn and grow the most.

To be continued…