12 Basic Truths To Build On

I received a number of emails about yesterday’s post on the importance of exercise. So many people agree it’s a simple, basic, and necessary idea that’s difficult to follow through on. We (and I mean you and ME) come up with all kinds of reasons and rationalizations to avoid the very thing that will improve almost every facet of our life (namely exercise and eating right).

There’s other simple truths out there we know to be true but often forget or fail to heed. Every now and then I like to be reminded of these basic ideas. They’re foundational to personal development (thus closely linked to our leadership development).

Here’s twelve of them in random order.

1. Have a plan then follow your plan.

2. You can be the person who complicates the simple or the person who simplifies the complicated.

3. You’ll have a lot less opportunities if you wait for others to create them for you.

4. Your idea of success is different than the person next to you. Know the difference.

5. Don’t try to control what is uncontrollable.

6. You can be part of the solution or you can be part of the problem.

7. Make your next decision better than your last decision.

8. A positive and negative attitude are the result of choice – you’re choice.

9. If you get too comfortable you won’t grow. Stretching is uncomfortable because that’s how it works.

10. Most people run away from what they’re afraid of. I’d encourage you to turn around.

11. Potential is doing what you’re capable of doing right now…and then some.

12. Lots of people start. Few finish. Be one of the few.

What do you think of this list? Agree or disagree? What would you add?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/Gr8Gregg Gregg Miller

    Without having a goal, it’s difficult to score.

  • Leah Stephan

    Don’t be a “no” person – if an idea has value, focus on how to make it happen vs all of the reasons it can’t.

  • http://ashleymcurtin.blogspot.com/ Ashley Curtin

    I love this list, Tim! Thanks for the reminders!