10 Principles for Living the Good Life.

Via Robert Piper
on Sep 1, 2012
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We tend to get so caught up in our day-to-day activities that we often lose hope in our dreams and passions.

It doesn’t matter what you want to be: an artist, musician, poet, entrepreneur or activist…life is sometimes hard when pursing our dreams and so here are Ten Reminders for the Good Life.

1. Be totally fearless in going after your dreams.

“When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every successful person, no matter who they were had to deal with extreme levels of fear; it doesn’t matter if it was Oprah Winfrey or Mother Theresa. Fear is a natural part of who we are. Recognize it and move beyond it.

2. Be Bold as often as you can.

“Be bold, be bold, and everywhere be bold.” ~ Herbert Spencer

Columbus was bold when he went out to discover new lands; Gandhi was bold when he decided to change a nation through a peaceful movement and the Buddha was bold when he left the palace, in search of a better life. Boldness can start with small steps—if you want to be successful in any endeavor—start making bold moves.

 3. Be Compassionate.

 “All major religious traditions carry basically the same message; that is love, compassion and forgiveness…the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.” ~ Dalai Lama

Life is difficult for many people; you may not know what a person is dealing with when you’re speaking with them, so offer them compassion. All spiritual traditions speak of compassion and forgiveness.

4. Forgive people for what they’ve done to you.

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” ~ Mark Twain

Lets face it: bad things happen in our lives, people will hurt you and you will get upset. The Dalai Lama had his entire country taking away from him by the Communist Government of China. Do you know what he did? He forgave them, even though they took everything from him. How many prior events in our life do we hang on to? It is easier to forgive a person that has harmed us then it is to hang on to that pain for the rest of our life.

5. If you want something—go and get it!

“If one advances confidently in the direction of one’s dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

No, the world does not owe you anything. If you want happiness, do what makes you happy. If you want a relationship, go out and find it. If you want a better life, go out there and get it.

6. Fail as much as possible.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” ~ Michael Jordan

No one will ever remember you failures once you are successful at something. Go out into the world with the attitude of “Who cares if I fail.”  Most people are not thinking about you anyways…they are thinking about themselves.

7. Laugh at everything.

 “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

Every day, find humor—we tend to get so busy that we forget laugh. Find moments in your day to have fun and crack a joke. And, laugh at yourself.

 8. Get Rejected.

“I was told to avoid the business all together because of the rejection. People would say to me, ‘Don’t you want to have a normal job and a normal family?’ I guess that would be good advice for some people, but I wanted to act.” ~ Jennifer Aniston

If you’re not getting rejected, you aren’t moving forward. Every person who has ever done anything worth doing has been rejected.

9. Be persistent in whatever you are pursuing.

“A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence” ~ Jim Watkins

If you want to change something, you have to be persistent. If you want better health, you have to formulate a health plan that you persistently pursue. If you want to have a calm, focused mind, start meditating—be persistent with it.

10. You are not your past.

“Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.” ~ Wayne Dyer

You are not what someone told you were terrible at. If someone told you that you were terrible at something in particular, let go of it. You are not your past failures or successes. You are not your past circumstances.


Editor: Bryonie Wise

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18 Responses to “10 Principles for Living the Good Life.”

  1. Ed! says:

    Nice list. I think you mean 'principles' though.

  2. Mamaste says:

    Love this!
    Just intro'd on FB to: Health & Wellness & Enlightened.

  3. Kirby says:

    I like your principles of living a good life. a lot of us can benefit from this….It's true that we get caught up on our daily activities and lose sight of how to live and enjoy life the way it should be..I always forget to Laugh myself..This is a good reminder!

  4. Kerry says:

    Thank you for sharing this! I love the quotes and the insights. I am pretty good and failing and trying again but really love the reminder that that is how I will succeed!

  5. Adrienne says:

    Thanks for this great list. Needed the reminder.

  6. Lorpa says:

    Thanks, Bob—

    Here's 2 additional caveats to add to your good list:

    11. BE AWARE that we're all part of an evolutionary process that's going somewhere. Be the change you want to see emerge in the world. And that we''re all interconnected. Your spiritual Path can liberate you from the pathological epidemic of narcissism. Evolution is messy business and 2012 may bring some astonishing surprises as several major cosmic cycles end and new ones begin.

    !2. BE AWARE that the "pendulum of repurposing" is doing its thing in the economic sphere: boom & bust, cycle of expansion & consolidation, is into the bust aspect (thank you, Howard Bloom). There's no way to fix a dead economic horse. Be ready to enjoy either evolution or armed conflict. (Yikes!)

    My 2 cents worth for living—and maintaining the good life—with awareness..

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  8. Betrayed says:

    I know someone who suscribes to this who deliberately and maliciously seduced my husband at work and had a long-term affair with him. She tried to destroy a marriage and a family. Was she bold? Yes! Did she go after something she wanted? Yes! Was she persistant? Yes! Was she fearless? Yes! Was she complassionate? No! Did she fail? Yes! But she hurt my children and me physicially, psychologically, and financially. Now she pretends to be Mother Teresa spreading her positive attitude everywhere to everyone. She is a hypocritical, narcissistic criminal in my eyes. Use the advice above with ethics and morals, please!!!!

  9. Dassie says:

    Many thanks for a great article Robert. It makes for a timely reminder! 🙂

  10. Whitney Williams says:

    These are amazing tips! Thank you so much for sharing these. I absolutely loved the quotes. I guarantee if I follow these I will definitely be living a better life.

  11. yonging says:

    Will need God grass to live a good life

  12. Try to love your selfe

  13. Be contented wight u have and pleane for d next tin

  14. Be contented wight what u have and pleane for d next tin

  15. Jenna says:

    and "your failures"

  16. Annette says:

    Thank you for this wonderful reminder! I loved this, I might read it everyday as a source of inspiration.