A cool new blog by a guy named Dayne. It’s called The Happy Self.
Here’s the link.
Here’s what Dayne shared on Monday.
Life, if you haven’t noticed already, is a classroom. It’s the place where we can choose whether we want to sit in the back and doodle in our notebooks or whether we want to sit in the front row and diligently take notes. We have a choice. We can coast through life or we can commit to gaining something from it. Every day, we can coast or we can learn.
To save you time, I’ve summarized ten ways to stop being a coaster and start being a learner. Use the link above to read the whole post.
- Never limit your learning. You can learn from everything, everywhere, if you just open your eyes and ears.
- Read anything you can. Read the paper. Read signs. Read books. Read the expressions on others’ faces. Read everything. You’ll be surprised how much you can improve your life from reading alone.
- Put in a lot of effort. recently addressed the secret formula for underdogs who win. You want to know the secret? Substitute effort for ability. You might not be blessed with a specific ability, but you do have the ability to put in a ton of effort.
- Work on improvement daily. It’s important to work on your improvement, whatever that may be, all the time. If you put it on a shelf and say, “I’ll get to that later,” you might never come back. Work on it all the time. Find little ways to work on it constantly.
- Accept that there is no end. Constant improvement is just that – constant. There isn’t an end. You have to accept this or you will drive yourself crazy wondering when you will get “there.” There is no there. Remember, you are growing and changing and learning all the time.
- Support yourself. It’s important to be your biggest fan. You may be unpleasantly surprised that people will be jealous of your desire to improve yourself. You may encounter criticism and trivialization from those around you. Ignore all that and believe in yourself. Always.
- Don’t give up – no matter what. Giving up is the equivalent to going to the back of the classroom and slumping in your seat until someone calls on you. Do you want that kind of life? I didn’t think so…
- Practice, practice, practice. Practice your improvements over and over and over again and don’t be surprised when they become habits.
- Give back to those who teach you. When you learn from others, it’s important to give something back. Think of ways you can give back by helping others with their own commitments to improvement. Don’t by chocolates for the husband who wants to lose weight. Help your boss look good because you know she is really working hard to get promoted. Remember, what goes around, comes around…
- Remind yourself of your progress. It’s not easy for people to seek to better their lives. Most people coast along, sitting in the back of the classroom, bored and waiting for something better. By being proactive, you are making not only yourself but the world a better place. Don’t forget to pat yourself on the back every so often.
good stuff.but wait, there’s more …. (I almost forgot)
I am so printing these today and will be using them in a very random fashion to reward my children for good behavior. This weekend I will be making up a treat/coupon jar and a warm fuzzy jar (more info on that coming soon). You can download a whole sheet of Happy Tickets free by clicking on the Ambrosia Girl link above. And let me just add my “thank you Jenn!” for creating such an adorable thing.