How do you craft an exceptional life?

on Jul, 10 2011 7888 views

 

How do you craft an exceptional life? Ultimately, life goes by in a blink. And too many people live the same year 80 times. To avoid getting to the end and feeling flooded with regret over a live half-lived, read (and then apply) these tips:

 

How many will you try today?

  1. Exercise daily.
  2. Get serious about gratitude.
  3. See your work as a craft.
  4. Expect the best and prepare for the worst.
  5. Keep a journal.
  6. Plan a schedule for your week.
  7. Know the 5 highest priorities of your life.
  8. Say no to distractions.
  9. Drink a lot of water.
  10. Improve your work every single day.
  11. Get a mentor.
  12. Hire a coach.
  13. Get up at 5 am each day.
  14. Eat less food.
  15. Find more heroes.
  16. Be a hero to someone.
  17. Smile at strangers.
  18. Be the most ethical person you know.
  19. Don’t settle for anything less than excellence.
  20. Savor life’s simplest pleasures.
  21. Save 10% of your income each month.
  22. Spend time at art galleries.
  23. Walk in the woods.
  24. Write thank you letters to those who’ve helped you.
  25. Forgive those who’ve wronged you.
  26. Remember that leadership is about influence and impact, not title and accolades.
  27. Create unforgettable moments with those you love.
  28. Have 5 great friends.
  29. Become stunningly polite.
  30. Unplug your TV.
  31. Read daily.
  32. Avoid the news.
  33. Be content with what you have.
  34. Pursue your dreams.
  35. Be authentic.
  36. Be passionate.
  37. Say sorry when you know you should.
  38. Never miss a moment to celebrate another.
  39. Have a vision for your life.
  40. Know your strengths.
  41. Focus your mind on the good versus the lack.
  42. Be patient.
  43. Don’t give up.
  44. Clean up your messes.
  45. Use impeccable words.
  46. Travel more.
  47. Honor your parents.
  48. Tip taxi drivers well.
  49. Be a great teammate.
  50. Give no energy to critics.
  51. Spent time in the mountains.
  52. Know your top 5 values.
  53. Shift from being busy to achieving results.
  54. Innovate and iterate.
  55. Speak less. Listen more.
  56. Be the best person you know.
  57. Make your life matter.  

By Robin Sharma on Typepad

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Cinderella and Alan

Cinderella was now 75 years old. After a fulfilling life with the now dead Prince, she happily sat upon her rocking chair, watching the world go by from her front porch, with a cat called Alan for companionship.

One sunny afternoon, out of nowhere, appeared the Fairy Godmother. Cinderella said: 'Fairy Godmother, what are you doing here after all these years?'
The Fairy Godmother replied: 'Well Cinderella, since you have lived a good, wholesome life since we last met, I have decided to grant you 3 wishes. Is there anything for which your heart still yearns?'

Cinderella is taken aback, overjoyed and after some thoughtful consideration and almost under her breath she uttered her first wish. 'I wish I was wealthy beyond comprehension.' Instantly her rocking chair was turned into solid gold. Cinderella was stunned.

Cinderella said 'Oh thank you, Fairy Godmother!' The Fairy Godmother replied 'It is the least I can do. What is your second wish?' Cinderella looked down at her frail body and said: 'I wish I was young and full of the beauty of youth again.'

At once, her wish having been desired, became reality, and her beautiful youthful visage had returned. Cinderella felt stirrings inside her that had been dormant for years and long forgotten vigour and vitality began to course through her very soul. Then the Fairy Godmother spoke again: 'You have one more wish, what shall you have?'

Cinderella looked over to Alan, who was now quivering in the corner with fear. 'I wish you to transform my old cat, Alan, into a beautiful and handsome young man.' Magically, Alan suddenly underwent so fundamental a change in his biologicial make up, that when he stoof before her, he was a boy, so beautiful the like of which she nor the world had ever seen, so fair indeed that birds begun to fall from the sky at his feet.

The Fairy Godmother said: 'Congratulations Cinderella! Enjoy your new life.' With a blazing shock of bright blue electricity, she was gone.

For a few moments, Alan and Cinderella looked into each other's eyes. Cinderella sat, breathless, gazing at the most stunningly perfect boy she had ever seen. Then Alan walked over to Cinderella, who sat transfixed in her rocking chair, and held her close in his muscular arms.

He leant close to her ear, and into her ear breathed as much as whispered, blowing her golden hair with his warm breath, 'I bet you regret having my balls chopped off now, don't you?'

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