I’m up in Cranford, NJ visiting my Mom for Thanksgiving. It’s a little chilly outside, and there is a light layer of snow on the ground, which doesn’t sit well with those who grew up in the south..
But my grandparents and brothers are in town. Everything is good in my little world today.
It’s also my 24th birthday today.
Birthday’s are cool because they are like a “personal new years” holiday. Every birthday I like to reflect on the previous year, and set some goals for the upcoming year. In my 24 years, I have learned approximately 24 things.. give or take.
Below are 24 thoughts I’m reflecting on this year as I move into the quarter century mark of life.
- Have specific goals, and write them down. You are more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down.
- …Then actually go take the action in the direction of those goals. This is actually the only way goals become fulfilled (in case you didn’t know ;))
- Make more decisions. Make more decisions, and then own the results (good or bad).
- Love your people. Nobody will like you, love you, laugh at your jokes, listen to your stories, look out for you, and be there for you like your friends and family. Show them love and take the time to say thank you and show your appreciation.
- Don’t make assumptions. Give people the benefit of the doubt because usually our assumptions are incorrect..
- Invest in yourself. What’s a better investment than yourself? Your health, your knowledge, your skills. Invest your time, energy, and money into you, and watch it pay off.
- Don’t take it personally. Other people’s behavior and actions have nothing to do with you. Let them do them, and don’t get jammed up with their nonsense.
- Today is a good day! Or a bad day… Well, it’s your choice 😉 It’s always a choice.
- Stop procrastinating. I’ll start on Monday is a losing attitude. “Do today what others won’t so you can achieve tomorrow what others can’t”
- Take risks. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do” – Mark Twain
- You are responsible of your life. See #3. You cannot control what happens to you, but you can choose how you respond to it
- Be great to attract great things. The more valuable you are to the world, the more the world will value you. “We do not attract that which we want, we attack that which we are” ~ James Allen
- Momento Mori (ancient rome, “remember death”). You will die. I will die. We all die. Don’t let your ideas, dreams, or skills die with you. Share them with the world and leave your legacy.
- Make somebody’s day. We all want to feel special and be recognized. Take a one moment to show others love, and they will love you for a lifetime.
- LEARN, LEARN, LEARN, AND “Do not let schooling interfere with your education” – Mark Twain
- Don’t be soft. Me and my brother Connor always say “it’s from the neck up” meaning, it’s all in your head. It’s all about your mindset. If one of us are being soft, we let each other know. A soft mind creates an unpleasant external world that you did not choose.
- Don’t allow other people’s thinking to affect your life. Only you know what is best for you. “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Albert Einstein
- There is nothing wrong with a little competition. As long as competition is done in a healthy way, it can be a big motivator.
- Exercise. Healthy body -> healthy mind
- Life is made up of the small, gradual actions you take everyday
- Remember, tough times DO pass.
- Be grateful. Nothing leads to happiness like gratitude, and there is SO much to be grateful for.
- Be Authentic, and let the cards fall. “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” – Bill Cosby
- Eat. Drink. Love. Laugh. It is thanksgiving after all..