Five Things I Wish I’d Known Earlier in Life – Day 262 of 365 Days to a Better You

Sometimes I wish we could live life in reverse. There are things we learn along the way that would have been good to know from the beginning. Here are five things I eventually figured, but could have send to my advantage earlier than I received them.

  1. Nobody has the WHOLE truth, but everyone has a piece of it. There’s no one walking the face of this planet who has everything figured out and can hand it to you. Take the time, as people come in and out of your life, to glean the piece of truth or wisdom each has to offer.
  2. Don’t stress about a relationship. I spent much of my 20s and early 30s worried I’d never meet someone. Relax and be open. The universe has you covered. There IS someone out there for you. Don’t try to be someone you’re not to attract or impress. Just do you and you’ll attract the right person.
  3. “Thoughts, as Mike Dooley says, “become things.” Your thinking has a HUGE impact on your outcomes in life. Thinking negatively yourself or being subjected to negative thinking early in life can torpedo your progress repeatedly until you figure out this one.
  4. Everyone doesn’t have to like you. In fact, get over yourself. Not everyone will like you guaranteed. It’s not because there’s something wrong with you or the other person. Some people just don’t vibe with you. It’s perfectly and it’s not personal.
  5. There are no extra points for staying within the lines. Human societies are massive conformity machines. There’s all kinds of conscious and unconscious conditioning to keep you in the herd. The problem pretty much every person I know that’s happy and successful broke free from that conditioning to one extent or another and carved their own path in the world.

I’m sure I could come up with a more exhaustive list. These are five big ones. Some of them you learn once and you’re good. Others you may have to learn again multiple times in your life. Mastering them makes your life go a lot more smoothly.

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Ray

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Always Have a Student’s Heart – Day 184 of 365 Days to a Better You

Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.
~Og Mandino

One of the problems with becoming an expert on any topic is that it causes you to think you know it all or at least know all the possibilities. Life and the universe are complex. It’s unlikely that human expertise gained in the course of a single lifetime can ever make you beyond learning more.

Wayne Dyer used to talk about this subject. He told a story of an professor in Buddhism who had always wanted to meet this one particular teacher. He was overjoyed to finally meet him and went about talking and talking about all he knew about Buddhism.

The teacher asked the professor if he’d like some tea. The professor agreed and kept on talking. The teacher handed the professor a cup and saucer and started pouring. He filled the cup. Then the tea went over the rim and onto the saucer. The man kept talking and the monk kept pouring. Finally, the tea topped the saucer and began pouring onto the professor’s pants.

The professor stopped the monk and said, “The cup is full.” The monk replied, “You are like the cup. You’re so full of what you know that you are not open to learning anything new.”

It is my fervent hope that the universe does not have to pour tea on you to help you see there’s still plenty for you to learn. Stay open to new ideas, new possibilities, and new paradigms. For the wisest among us, is he or she that maintains the perpetual heart of a student.

You ARE amazing! Let nothing that happens to you today convince you otherwise!

Ray

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