Baby Steps Into Success

  1. The next time you look in the mirror say something positive about yourself.
  2. Show appreciation for someone’s point of view today. Say something like, “Hey, that is a cool idea.”
  3. Think of a limiting paradigm you might have of yourself, such as, “I’m not outgoing.” Now, do something today that totally contradicts that paradigm.
  4. Think of a loved one or close friend who has been acting out of character lately. Consider what might be causing them to act that way.
  5. When you have nothing to do, what is it that occupies your thoughts? Remember, whatever is most important to you will become your paradigm or Life-Center.
  6. The Golden Rule rules! Begin today to treat others as you would want them to treat you. Don’t be impatient, complain about leftovers, or bad-mouth someone, unless you want the same treatment.
  7. Sometime soon, find a quiet place where you can be alone. Think about what matters most to you.
  8. Listen carefully to the lyrics of the music you listen to most frequently. Evaluate if they are in harmony with the principles you believe in.
  9. When you do your chores at home or work tonight, try out the principle of hard work. Go the extra mile and do more than is expected.
  10. The next time you’re in a tough situation and don’t know what to do, ask yourself, “What principle should I apply (g. honesty, love, loyalty, hard work, patience)?” Now, follow the principle and don’t look back.

Source: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey

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