“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily.” — Zig Ziglar
1. Get uncomfortable.
Don’t get too comfortable with where you’re at in life; continue to grow both professionally and personally. If you feel yourself stagnating, put yourself in situations that will challenge you.
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
2. Be confident; build confidence.
Confidence is a culmination of the things you do. Do respectful and interesting things and cultivate healthy habits. Dress well, eat well, go to the gym, be honest, and stay genuine.
“The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.”
3. Stay true to your own passions.
Don’t let others dictate how you live your life. Find your passions and fight vigorously to make sure every day aligns you with those passions.
“Do what you love and do it often.” — Holstee Manifesto
4. Seek failure.
If failure isn’t an option, you’re doing something wrong. Remember to put yourself in situations that will challenge your abilities and keep you on your toes.
“If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.” — Seth Godin
5. Dance, literally and metaphorically.
Always be open to new opportunities and experiences, especially if they intimidate you. As the song goes: if you get the chance to sit it out or dance — dance. Life is too short for regrets.
“If you stumble, make it part of the dance.”
6. Be grateful.
Remember to be grateful for the people, places, and opportunities in your life. Take a couple minutes every day to look around at this amazing world; never take it for granted. Stand in the rain, look at the stars, watch a sunset.
7. Be optimistic.
The bad experiences come with the good and they often have a valuable lesson to teach; respect them and move on. Cultivate a positive attitude by looking for the good in every situation within reason. Sometimes sucky things just happen.
“Choose to be optimistic. It feels better.” — Dalai Lama XIV
8. Collect moments, not things.
Always choose adventure. When it comes to spending money, spend it on new experiences; not the new car and bigger house. Spend more time with the people that are important in your life. And for goodness sake, put away your phone.
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” — Dr. Seuss
9. Be kind and stay genuine.
Ask other people about their stories and really listen. Ask them about their passions. Collaborate with others and, if you get an opportunity, do what you can to help them reach their goals.
“Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
10. Chase your dreams and set new goals.
Never stop chasing after what’s important to you. It’s going to be a struggle to always know where you need to go, but as long as you’re working towards your next goal, whether you do so at your job or on your own time, you’ll find your way.
“Ask yourself if what you are doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.”
11. Never grow up.
Never lose your childlike sense of wonder and curiosity. Pursuing your passion is hard work, so make sure to take a break and have fun as often as you can. Be silly, joke around, sing and dance, and most of all, just enjoy life.
“Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.”