Most people learn life’s most valuable lessons too late in life. Here are 15 truths that will radically improve your life if you embrace them:
Your mindset matters more than you think. Watch what you believe because your beliefs have a way of becoming your reality. If you stop focusing on all the reasons why you can’t do something, you just may be surprised by what you can do.
Your life is determined by the sum of your choices. You have the freedom to choose, but you’re not free from the consequences of those choices. If you look in the mirror and don’t like what you see, don’t blame the mirror.
There’s a difference between motion and movement. You think we’d learn something from watching a hamster run around on its wheel. How often do you shoot from the hip, talk before you think, or run full speed ahead before you know where you’re going?
Own your life. Depend on yourself rather than becoming overly dependent on others. If you’re not responsible for your life, who is? Take charge of your life rather than outsourcing it to others.
Be a good person. Everything else is secondary. Measure a person’s worth by their character, not their possessions. What you have is momentary, who you are is forever.
Instant gratification does not guarantee lifelong happiness. Don’t forgo your long-term dreams to satisfy your short-term desires. Fun shouldn’t be confused with happiness.
To-do lists can be unproductive. Checking items off a to-do list doesn’t determine progress; focusing on your priorities is what counts. It’s less important to get everything done than to make sure you get the right things done.
Make your priorities a priority. If you try too hard to please others, you may fail to satisfy your own needs. Know what matters most to you and be unwilling to compromise those priorities at almost any price.
Everything worthwhile requires an element of sacrifice. There are simply no shortcuts in the long run. If you’re not willing to make the investment, don’t complain about the outcome.
Determination is habit-forming; so is quitting. Judge your successes by the sacrifices made to achieve them. Some of the hardest things in life are also the most worthwhile.
Make personal development a priority. There’s only one investment that will never go down—an investment in yourself. Unless you learn something new every day, you’re becoming obsolete.
View feedback as an opportunity. Treat feedback as a gift rather than a slap in the face. When you don’t learn from mistakes, your mistakes will turn into bad habits.
It’s so easy to lose sight of the things you can’t see. Some of the most valuable things in life are invisible. Even though love, trust, and honor can’t be quantified, they’re priceless.
Money can’t buy respect. You can’t demand respect. You earn it. Some people think they’re entitled to respect because they’re rich, famous, and powerful. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Invest in relationships to avoid the time repairing them. People are not yo-yos. Drop them and they might not return. It takes a lot more effort to regain trust than to establish it from the start.
This post is excerpted from Leadership by Example: Be a role model who inspires greatness in others by Frank Sonnenberg © 2023 Frank Sonnenberg. All rights reserved.
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Frank Sonnenberg is an award-winning author and a well-known advocate for moral character, personal values, and personal responsibility. He has written 10 books and has been named one of “America’s Top 100 Thought Leaders.” Additionally, his blog — FrankSonnenbergOnline—has attracted millions of readers and was recently named one of the “Top Self-Improvement and Personal Development Blogs” in the world and one of the “Best Inspirational Blogs On the Planet.” Frank’s newest book, Leadership by Example: Be a role model who inspires greatness in others, was released June 13, 2023.
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