by Kenneth Rudich
I’m an advocate of taking a personal inventory on some regular basis — maybe once a year; or perhaps even more often if you feel so inclined.
The purpose is to evaluate where you stand in relation to achieving a good balance in life. Do you feel a need to bring more balance into your life, or have you already obtained it and need only to sustain it?
Perhaps for some people it starts with an even more fundamental question like, is this something you care to commit to?
At any rate, I mention this because I came across the following content on a recent adventure of aimless internet surfing. It appeared under the title “Handbook 2011.” As I read through it, it struck me as consistent with the idea of periodically taking a personal inventory – and also, as a potentially nice addition to the Marketing Strategy Management Social Good Campaign we’ve been promoting during the past several months. There was no author listed, so I can’t give him or her proper attribution. But as you’ll see at the end, it does urge people to pass it forward.
I also should note that I made a few minor amendments to the list, to make it a little more personally applicable to me. With that in mind, I’m now offering it to you with the same intended good spirit the original author must have had while conceiving it.
1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
4. Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.
5. Make time to meditate.
6. Play more games.
7. Stretch your muscles for at least 10 minutes each day.
8. Sleep for 7 hours.
9. Take a 10-30 minutes’ walk daily. And while you walk, smile.
10. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
11. Don’t have negative thoughts on things you cannot control; instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
12. Don’t overdo. Keep your limits.
13. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
14. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.
15. Dream more while you are awake.
16. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
17. Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
18. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others.
19. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
20. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
21. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
22. Smile and laugh more.
23. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
24. Call your family often.
25. Each day give something good to others.
26. Forgive everyone for everything.
27. Spend time w/ people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
28. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
31. Do the right thing!
32. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
33. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
34. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
35. The best is yet to come.
36. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.
Last but not the least
37. Please forward this to everyone you care about, I just did.