BLOG 174—Ideas for a better life

With my words, I hope to throw some oblique light upon your life.
I want to inspire you to see life in a different and/or better way.

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Some important ideas for life >>

The quick list >>

  1. Stop Making Excuses.

  2. Stop Taking Things Personally.

  3. Exercise.

  4. Eliminate Distractions.

  5. Stop Playing The Victim.

  6. Face Fear.

1 – Be happy with what you have.
When you stop to remember what you have instead of worrying about what you may not be getting, it changes your perspective for the better. Think ahead.

2Be a doer, not a watcher.
So many enticements can lure you into sitting on the sidelines of life, just watching—fascinating TV shows and movies, websites, along with social media. Some of us emerge blinking and wondering where the time went. You need to turn off the distractions. Map your hopes. Take one step toward your goal every day.

3Your time is your most treasured asset.
Do not give your time away heedlessly, and don’t fritter it away. You choose, learn to say no to requests for your time that don’t get you closer to your hopes. Don’t let time get away from you. Wake up before everyone else and feed your dreams first.

4Learn to ask for what “you” want, and not to feel hurt if you are rejected.
No” is just the beginning of the conversation. Every successful person has been jilted many times along the way. Keep going! Persistence is the most important quality that will get you to success.

5Never stop learning.
Life is a continuing education class you are in, and you have to keep up with the reading. Read, read, read, books that delight and thrill you, books that take you to a different place, books that challenge you, books that anger you, books that don’t make sense to you. Read across literary genres. Become the most knowledgeable person in your field. And stay ahead of the game.

6Unless you absolutely have to, don’t ask successful people for money.
Instead, ask them for advice you need to find success yourself. Find someone who is where you want to be, do your homework about them, and learn, learn. Make a list of three short questions, and ask them out for coffee or a meal to go over your questions.

7Learn social skills.
Don’t be fearful when you should be friendly and forthright. Don’t be overbearing of someone’s time. Be kind and respectful to everyone. Remember people’s names and say them when you’re speaking to them. Carefully listen when others are talking, and reflect back to them what they said so they know you did. Be open, lessen sentences that begin with “I.”

8Be the hero of your own life, not your own worst enemy.
Take care of your health.
Be close to your family.
Force yourself to smile.
Uplift those around you even when you don’t feel like it.
Have at least one close friend you can talk with.
Don’t burden everyone with your problems.
Elevate others with your joy.

9 – Relieve others’ slights of you.
Other people are probably going through their own difficulties that you know nothing about. They are just as broken as you are. Don’t waste time gossiping, it’s petty and beneath you, as you know. Live your worth. And, a part of your life should always be dedicated to improving your community. Do not make excuses for avoiding this obligation.

10Most of all—stay positive!
You are happy with life. Be appreciative every day. Learn to create your own happiness and how to contribute constantly to bring your happiness to those around you.

Use as many of these ideas as you can, as often as you can. Following this will add much to your life.




Inspirational quotes and motivational sayings have an amazing ability to change the way we feel about life and can change our thinking.

This is why I find them so interesting, challenging, and important on our path to joy and happiness and finding ways to inspire ourselves as well as others.

Inspirational quotes and ideas provide us with a quick and timely burst of wisdom to get our focus back, offering the inspiration needed for the day or occasion.

hope to inspire you with my words.

Words have power.

At any age, you can (and should) make changes to make your life better.

You see, the way you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible for you, determines everything that happens in your life. It all derives from your quality of thinking.

When you improve the quality of your thinking,
you change the quality of your life—sometimes instantly!

Just as positive words can make someone smile, and/or, a well-timed amusing quote can make someone laugh, your own thoughts react to the world in real-time. You have this control!

In fact, you have complete control over only one thing in the universe — Your Thinking — and that’s where motivational quotes come in!

To keep your motivation, you have to use each day as an opportunity for improvement, to be better, and to get a little bit closer to your goals. It might sound like a lot of work—and with your busy schedule—next to impossible. But you can do it!

Self-talk is so important—THINK RIGHT!

Motivational words, yes, they’re just words.

But they’re positive words; they will keep you on track.
Remember, you are only as young as the last time you changed your mind.

Keep your thoughts and self-talk fun and productive and always reaching for advancement.




When I lived in San Diego I had a chance to meet and become friends with Tony Robbins. Tony has inspired millions of people—are you one of?

Here are some of Tony’s better quotes >>

1. “The power of positive thinking is the ability to generate a feeling of certainty in yourself when nothing in the environment supports you.”

2. “When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.”

3. “If you can’t, you must. If you must, you can.”

4. “The only thing that’s keeping you from getting what you want is the story you keep telling yourself.”

5. “Your past does not equal your future.”

6. “Identify your problems, but give your power and energy to solutions.”

7. “Any time you sincerely want to make a change, the first thing you must do is to raise your standards.”

8. “The path to success is to take massive, determined action.”

9. “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”

10. “Goals are like magnets. They’ll attract the things that make them come true.”

11. “People who fail focus on what they have to go through; people who succeed focus on what it will feel like at the end.”

12. “Persistence overshadows even talent as the most valuable resource shaping the quality of life.”

13. “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”

14. “It’s what you practice in private that you’ll be rewarded for in public.”

15. “In life, you need either inspiration or desperation.”

16. “Every problem is a gift – without problems, we would not grow.”

17. “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.”

18. “You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action.”

19. “You don’t have to have a reason to feel good. You’re alive! You can feel good for no reason at all!”

20. “If you talk about it, it’s a dream.
If you envision it, it’s possible.
If you schedule it, it’s real.”




5/28—We have some big trees on our land that put out roots. Some of these roots are near or above the surface of the dirt. Being one who likes to walk barefoot as much as possible, I did not like walking on roots in the back and side yards.

Trees send out hundreds of roots, if they lose some that will not hurt them. I bought some tools to cut them out and went to work. Today I removed many of the roots and can walk in comfort in the area now.

One of the tools I used has an open blade with deadly teeth to cut. One slip up and I could get badly cut. I was extremely careful using this tool and it helped much.

5/29—My friend, Daniel Powell, stopped by to visit Beth and me. As Daniel and Stacy drove up in his newer red Corvette, I was quite impressed. Daniel has a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van to live in and travel. He actually has a covered trailer that he tows behind his van to carry the Corvette in. This guy goes after class all the way.

While Daniel was here we continued our discussion about putting together a TV movie about what I have gone through in my life. This would be an inspirational movie that, I hope, will be released worldwide and help thousands to live a better life.

Daniel has some contacts and we connected with Scott and it sounds like something can be developed. That makes me very happy, as you would guess.

Riding along with Daniel is Stacy, and, after a few hours here, they were off to the South Carolina coast to continue to adventure.

Jemma has a new friend in Daniel

5/30 to 6/2—Not much to write about for these days.
As always, I am loving life (hope you are, too.)

6/3I got some more pallets and built a compost bin. Compost is so good for your plants. If you grow, learn about composting, it will help your garden.



Smiles are such a good thing, do you use yours enough?
This week, make your smile a permanent thing and keep it going beyond this week.



Time to start working out. You will learn.
How about you – is it time to start?




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