These are the values I now strive to live by and wish I understood better at the age of twenty-one:Roger Williams – Chilli HR
- Invest in mental and physical wellbeing above all else. As I get older, it becomes increasingly apparent health is the cornerstone for success in all other aspects of my life.
- Cultivate long-term, mutually beneficial relationships; positive-sum interactions founded on the principle of fair-exchange. The alternative, easy wins, one-night-stands (metaphorically speaking) happen quickly, satisfy a specific need (cashflow) but do not last; ultimately, they leave you feeling dissatisfied and continually searching for the next hit.
- Learn from those who have accomplished what we seek to achieve. There is considerable noise in our twenty-first-century world. Since 2008 and the advent of the smartphone, we have the best, and the worst of man’s knowledge within arms reach. Filtering ‘opinion’ from ‘fact’ has never been more critical. Find someone you feel in-tune with, has achieved the results (progress) you want, give them some of your attention and see where it gets you.
- Embrace physical activity in whatever form. When it comes to being active, if it gets your heart beating faster, you enjoy it and feel able to do it consistently, it will most likely be benefiting your body.
- Strive, for one thing, each day, outside one’s comfort zone. It is human nature to avoid risks, that is hard-wired into all of us; it serves to keep us alive. Extending that ‘comfort-zone’ even by a fraction each day, and repeated consistently, will expand your zone and enable you to do far more than you ever imagined. Ignore the mantra ‘no-pain-no-gain’ leave that to others. Pain is a feedback system designed to protect your body from harm; discomfort, on the other hand, is to be acknowledged and mastered.
- Figure out what you want to do in life and pursue it with vigour, focus and discipline. Learn to eliminate the distractions of everyday life as they will slow your progress and restrict the extent of your ultimate success.
- Learn to enjoy the journey because the reality of the destination is often not as you anticipated it to be. We are so focused on the end goal, we sometimes ignore or under-appreciate the accomplishments along the way.
- Master oneself to master one’s world. The big one. Possibly the least taught personal development topic and at the same time, an essential skill a human being needs to thrive in life and stay sane.
- Time is short and there is a lot to do, let’s begin.