TOP 10 LISTS
There is something special about a top 10 list. Someone has taken the time to distill a particular topic into what they believe are the top 10 most important aspects of the topic. Most importantly, it makes it easy for a lay person to get to the root of the most important things associated with what the author deems to be most important.
At the time of writing this (February 2022), my intention is to expand upon this area of my site to include additional top 10 lists:
How to Improve yourself
The following is my best advice for improving yourself:
- Read Books - Don’t be like most people who never read another book after graduating from school. Focus on books that will help you and inspire you to improve yourself (self-help, auto biographies, education, career etc.)
- Exercise Daily - There is no substitute for exercise and getting into shape. This will impact all areas of your life and give you the energy and vitality to improve yourself further. Keep a journal or spreadsheet and record every consecutive day that you exercise. Once, you start, don’t break the chain. Aerobics and weights are equally important.
- Be Positive - Having a positive attitude is a must have to become a leader and develop relationships with ambitious people. No-one wants to follow negative people. Find the positive in every situation.
- Set Goals - Spend time reflecting about what you want to achieve in your life. Think big. Why set small goals? What if you achieve them? Set target goals that are SMART goals and outrageous goals which aren’t. Assume you will achieve your target goals and be inspired by your outrageous goals.
- Work hard - I told my kids (now adults) to “work hard” instead of “don’t work to hard” which many give as advice. Work harder on your self improvement, than you do at your job. Don’t fall into the trap of too much TV, Netflix, video games etc. This won’t lead you to your best life.
- Learn personal Finance 101 - There are basic strategies about money that are not typically taught at school, like compounding interest, the rule of 72 and investing a minimum of 10% of your income (20–30% if you really want to be wealthy).
- Keep a life journal - A life worth living is a life worth recording. Use the journal to record your life and capture your ideas. Don’t rely on your memory.
- Ask questions - So many of us lose the nerve to ask questions for fear of appearing dumb. Don’t worry about what others think of you. Most people have the same questions but are afraid to ask. This is how you learn. Have the curiosity of a child.
- Take risk - Most people on their death bed say that they wish they took more risk in their life. You won’t grow or improve yourself unless you are constantly challenging yourself to get out of your comfort zone.
- Meet people - I once received good advice that you will be the same person tomorrow as you are today, except for the books you read and the people you meet. Some of your best life outcomes will come from meeting new people.
Follow are my top 10 best life tips for getting through life:
- Spend more time planning your life than you do a vacation or for a birthday party.
- Don’t worry so much about what other people think of you. The truth is that most people aren’t thinking about you.
- Be honest with your self and do the right thing.
- Trust your intuition. It is usually right. I kick myself sometimes for ignoring it.
- When your alarm clock goes off . . . get out of bed and start your day. Make your bed.
- Live the golden rule . . . treat other people like you would like to be treated.
- Read something positive every day. We live in such a negative world that we need to find something positive. Read inspirational quotes or a good book. Dwell on a quote of the day.
- Listen to the music that you like to listen to. The power of music is under estimated. Play it LOUD. It is okay (and necessary some times) to feel the music! Dance! Sing!
- Spend time in nature, either a park, stroll through the woods, near a body of water. Reflect on your day, week, month, year, life . . .
- Plan for the future while living for today.
Life Tips (10 more!)
Following are 10 more of my top tips for living your best life.
- Be “in the present” moment. Don’t think about the future or other people when you are present with the people who you say are the most important people in your life.
- Ask questions. Be curious. Most people are afraid to ask questions and have lost their curiosity.
- Decide you will live a long life. How about 100 years old? By doing this, you are more likely to take care of yourself and your health. Can you imagine living the last 10 or 20 years of your life in bad health?
- Learn how to really listen. Most of us are too busy thinking about what we are going to say next than listening to someone speak.
- Write down your goals and update them every year and for every decade birthday (20, 30, 40, 50, 60). You are more apt to live a bold and adventure filled life if you take time to plan it out.
- Spend less money than you make. Way less. Invest the rest. Learn about compound interest and the rule of 72! Each dollar you spend now is forgoing about 20 dollars down the road if you invest it wisely.
- Have a positive attitude. You will live longer and have more friends.
- Enjoy and relish time by yourself. Think about what you are doing with your life.
- Be an action taker . . a mover and a shaker. There is no point in moving slowly through life when you can accomplish so much more. There is magic in thinking big. It is better to act than to think about acting and never do it.
- Realize that there is no one way to live your life. There are no right or wrong answers. Develop your own life plan and live a life of purpose . . whatever that is.
Check back monthly for updates as these lists get done.
Last Updated: June 14, 2022