As I was sorting through things, decluttering my office ready to start the New Year afresh I came across something that I found some time ago written by the amazing Stephen Covey that really resonated and I wanted to share it with you all to get 2016 started as strongly as possible….
10 Things You Must Give Up To Move Forward
– Stephen Covey
#1 Letting the opinions of others control your life
* It’s not what others think, its what you think about yourself that counts
* You have to do exactly what’s best for you and your life, not what’s best for everyone else.
#2 The shame of past failures
* Your past does not equal your future
* All that matters is what you do right now.
#3 Being indecisive about what you want.
* You will never leave where you are until you decide where you would rather be.
* Make a decision to figure out what you want, and then pursue it passionately.
#4 Procrastinating on the goals that matter to you.
* There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.
* The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.
#5 Choosing to do nothing
* You don’t get to choose how you are going to die, or when
* You can only decide how you are going to live, right now.
* Every day is a new chance to choose.
#6 Your need to be right
* Aim for success, but never give up your right to be wrong.
* Because when you do, you will also lose your ability to learn new things and move
forward with your life.
#7 Running from problems that should be fixed.
* Stop running !
* Face these issues, fix the problems, communicate, appreciate, forgive and LOVE the people in your life who deserve it.
#8 Making excuses rather than decisions
* Most long-term failures are the outcome of people who make excuses instead of decisions.
#9 Overlooking the positive points in your life.
* What you see often depends entirely on what you’re looking for.
* You will have a hard time ever being happy if you aren’t thankful for the good things in your life right now.
#10 Not appreciating the present moment.
* Too often we try to accomplish something big without realizing that the greatest part of life is made up of the little things.