Life is an Echo
A little boy got angry with his mother and shouted at her, “I hate you, I hate you.” Because of fear of reprimand, he ran out of the house. He went up to the valley and shouted, “I hate you, I hate you,” and back came the echo, “I hate you, I hate you.” This was the first time in his life he had heard an echo. He got scared, went to his mother for
protection and said there was a bad boy in the valley who shouted “I hate you, I hate you.” The mother understood and she asked her son to go back and shout, “I love you, I love you.” The little boy went and shouted, “I love you, I love you,” and back came the echo. That taught the little boy a lesson that our life is like an echo: We get back what we give.
A change is as good as a rest.
Whether this change is as major as a change of employment or as minor as a leisure pursuit which occupies your entire attention for an hour three
times a week, these changes in routine, and mindset are entirely totally engaging which requires deep concentration so that your mind is free from the
mundane but seemingly important aspects of your day.
Many executives are becoming involved in the martial arts for just this reason.
If your mind wanders for even a split second, a harsh lesson is soon learned.
Pain is a great motivator and always will be.
Contrary to popular opinion, stress is not a bad thing.
It allows us to perform at peak levels and can assist us through the flood of chemicals it releases within our bodies.
What is harmful is too much stress, or more particularly, a lack of relief from stress.
The times of stress must be balanced nicely with times of pure relaxion and leisure for us to be healthy and at our best.
Many of the great leaders of our time were exposed to crushing workloads and the burdens of high office.
But they prospered by developing strategies to balance the challenging times with fun and calming times.
President Kennedy would have regular naps in his White House office.
Winston Churchill had the same practice and slept for one hour every afternoon to stay alert, focused and calm.
Not only is it essential to be physically relaxed to maintain optimal health but one must couple this trait with mental serenity.
Too often people think that vigorous exercise, good nutrition and pleasant leisure activities will be the panacea for all ills.
These pursuits must be combined with positive thinking and peace of mind for true happiness and longevity.
Choosing your life partner — the person you want to spend the rest of your days with — is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your life.
Living most of your life with the person you love can be a joyous, mutually-fulfilling experience, but finding and choosing the right person can be a monumental task.
Luckily, it’s something that most people go through, so you’re not alone people who have never been married and never want to be married amount to only 5% of the total population.
By having a realistic idea of the kind of person that is right for you, making a strong effort to find this person, and committing to your relationship, you too can share the rest of your life with someone you love.
When choosing your life partner, remember that this is the most important decision of your lifetime.
The marriage relationship offers 90% of all your support, happiness and fulfillment so choose it wisely.
Consider qualities such as affection, sense of humor, intelligence, integrity, maturity, temperament, compatibility and that indescribable characteristic of chemistry.
If these are present, your relationship stands an excellent chance of great success.
Move slowly and let no one press you into an uncomfortable decision.
Keep well-informed about current events, the latest books and popular trends.
Many peak performers read five to six papers a day.
You don’t have to read every story of every paper.
Know what to focus on, what to pass by and what to clip out and read at another time
(many successful people scan scores of magazines and papers, clipping out articles of interest; these articles go into a file folder which can be read in your down time).
Knowledge is power.
Whether you are an entrepreneur, a corporate leader or someone leading a family,
you can profoundly change your life and the lives of those around you with a single idea.
Just ask Gates, Edison and Bell.