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I got this from a post of one of my friends. I enjoyed reading it. I may not have done everything here, but I could say I could pass 50% in enjoying life. 

  1. Get up 15 minutes earlier.
  2. Prepare for the morning the night before. 
  3. Don't rely on your memory. . .write things down.
  4. Repair things that don't work properly.
  5. Make Duplicate Keys.
  6. Say "No" more often.
  7. Set priorities in your life.
  8. Avoid negative people. 
  9. Always make copies of important papers.
  10. Ask for help with jobs you dislike.
  11. Break large tasks into bite sized portions.
  12. Look at problems as challenges.
  13. Smile more.
  14. Be prepared for rain.
  15. Believe in you.
  16. Visualize yourself winning. 
  17. Develop a sense of humor.
  18. Stop thinking, tomorrow will be a better today.
  19. Have goals for yourself.
  20. Say hello to a stranger. 
  21. Look up at the stars.
  22. Practice breathing slowly.
  23. Do brand new things.
  24. Stop a bad habit.
  25. Take a stock of your achievements. 
  26. Do it today.
  27. Strive for excellence. 
  28. Not perfection.
  29. Look at a work of art.
  30. Maintain your weight.
  31. Plant a tree.
  32. Stand up and stretch.
  33. Always have a plan B.
  34. Learn a new doodle.
  35. Learn to meet your own needs.
  36. Become a better listener.
  37. Know your limitations. 
  38. Let others know them too.
  39. Throw a paper airplane.
  40. Exercise every day.
  41. Get to work early.
  42. Clean out one closet.
  43. Take a different route to work.
  44. Leave work early (with permission). 
  45. Remember you always have options.
  46. Quit trying to "fix" other people.
  47. Get enough sleep.
  48. Praise other people.
  49. Relax, take each day at time...
  50. You have the rest of your life to live.
Let's enjoy life by doing some of the things listed here. May we get all the perks of an enjoyable life! May we all stay positive and vibrant in all our activities. 🙂

Developing your attitude is like developing a skill on a musical instrument - it takes consistent practice to improve.
When the great Polish pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski was elected Prime Minister of his country, he made one request before accepting the prestigious office. He would lead the country, but he must be allowed to practice his scales for two hours every day. Guitar virtuoso Andres Segovia requires the same of his students - two hours a day of playing scales.

And yet, who plays scales in a concert? You've never heard of a composition by Mozart or Brahms called "The Aelian Scale" or "Major Scale." However, without being thoroughly familiar with scales, a musician would remain remedial in his or her art. It is the complete mastery of the basics that gives birth to freedom of expression, ease of movement and cohesiveness in the delivery of each phrase.
So it is with each of us in our attitudes. Though we may have excelled in our approach to life, we must continue to develop every day. We need to practice having an excellent attitude in each and every endeavor, for it will always be true that we can improve the way we see problems, people and life.
After World War II, General Douglas MacArthur went to Japan to evaluate the rebuilding of the war-torn nation. The economy of Japan was in dire straits; the nation was struggling, having to use leftover resources just to stay afloat. As a result, any toy or appliance labeled "Made in Japan" was to be a trademark for one thing: poor quality. So General MacArthur brought in one of America's leading quality control experts, Dr. W. Edward Demming. 
After much evaluation and scrutiny, Demming came up with a set of business principles to help turn around Japan's economy. He called the country's most influential businessmen together and offered them a promise. He basically said, "If you will improve something about yourself and your product every day and make quality not merely something to be maintained but an achievement and a way of living, you will turn the economy of Japan around in 10 years. Then if you continue to improve something each day, even if it is a miniscule amount, in three decades you will become an economy world power."
That was quite a tall promise to make to this struggling nation, but they took it, hook, line and sinker. They even coined a new word for this approach: kaizen. The word means a constant, ever-increasing improvement that defines quality not as something to be maintained but something to be lived on a daily basis.
Over the next 10 years, the businesses of Japan did exactly that. They examined the American automobile; then they improved on it and sold it to American consumers. People began buying everything Japan produced because of the improved quality. Japanese ingenuity increased, and they improved on existing bands of appliances, electronics, tools, cameras and watches. Soon their products were in demand the world over.
In 10 years, the economy of Japan had reversed itself, and within three decades the country had become an economic world power. To this day, one of the most prestigious business awards is the W. Edward Demming Award.
If a change in attitude can do that for a nation's economy, how much more should we seek to do the same for our own personal economy? 
(From Wayne Cordeiro's "Atttitudes that Attract Success")
For a lot of times we neglect quality improvement, as we just think of being average, being just the way things are. Average. No wonder then that we're stuck. If each Filipino would strive to improve every day, we too can turn our country's economy around, in 10 years. 
It's been quite a while that we have slept over our economy's concern. Time to get up, and start making our brand in demand across the globe! 

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According to Napoleon Hill's "Think and Grow Rich" there are thirty-one major reasons or failure. As you go over the list, check yourself by it, point by point, for the purpose of discovering how many of these causes-of-failure stand between you and success.

  1. Unfavorable hereditary background. There is but little, if anything, which can be done for people who are born with a deficiency in brain power. This philosophy offers but one method of bridging this weakness - through the aid of the Master Mind. Observe with profit, however, that this is the only one of the thirty-one causes of failure which may not be easily corrected by any individual.
  2. Lack of a well-defined purpose in life. There is no hope of success for the person who does not have a central purpose, or a definite goal at which to aim. Ninety-eight out of every hundred of those whom I have analyzed had no such aim. Perhaps this was the major cause of their failure. 
  3. Lack of ambition to aim above mediocrity. We offer no hope for the person who is so indifferent as not to want to get ahead in life, and who is not willing to pay the price. 
  4. Insufficient education. This is a handicap which may be overcome with comparative ease. Experience has proven that the best-educated people are often those who are known as "self-made," or self-educated. It takes more than a college degree to make one a person of education. Any person who is educated is one who has learned to get whatever he wants in life without violating the rights of others. Education consists, not so much of knowledge, but of knowledge effectively and persistently applied. Men are paid, not merely for what they know, but more particularly for what they do with that which they know.
  5. Lack of self-discipline. Discipline comes through self control. This means that one must control all negative qualities. Before you can control conditions, you must first control yourself. Self-mastery is the hardest job you will ever tackle. If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self. You may see at one and the same time both your best friend and your greatest enemy, by stepping in front of a mirror.
  6. Ill health. No person may enjoy outstanding success without good health. Many of the causes of ill health are subject to mastery and control. These in the main are, (a) overeating of foods not conducive to health. (b) wrong habits of thought; giving expression to negatives. (c) wrong use of, and over-indulgence in sex. (d) lack of proper physical exercise. (e) an inadequate supply of fresh air, due to improper breathing.
  7. Unfavorable environmental influences during childhood. "As the twig is bent, so shall the tree grow." Most people who have criminal tendencies acquire them as the result of bad environment, and improper associates during childhood.
  8. Procrastination. This is one of the most common causes of failure. "Old Man Procrastination" stands within the shadow of every human being, waiting his opportunity to spoil one's chances of success. Most of us go through life as failures, because we are waiting for the "time to be right" to start doing something worthwhile. Do not wait. The time will never be "just right." Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.
  9. Lack of persistence. Most of us good "starters" but poor "finishers" of everything we begin. Moreover, people are prone to give up at the first signs of defeat. There is no substitute for persistence. The person who makes persistence his watch-word, discovers that "Old Man Failure" finally becomes tired, and makes his departure. Failure cannot cope with persistence.
  10. Negative personality. There is no hope of success for the person who repels people through a negative personality. Success comes through the application of power, and power is attained through the cooperative efforts of other people. A negative personality will not induce cooperation. 
  11. Lack of controlled sexual urge. Sex energy is the most powerful of all the stimuli which move people into action. Because it is the most powerful of the emotions, it must be controlled, through    transmutation, and converted into other channels.
  12. Uncontrolled desire for "something for nothing." The gambling instinct describes millions of people to failure. Evidence of this may be found in a study of the Wall Street crash of '29 , during which millions of people tried to make money by gambling on stock margin.
  13. Lack of a well defined power of decision. Men who succeed reach decisions promptly, and change them, if at all, very slowly and change them frequently, and quickly. Indecision and procrastination are twin brothers. Where one is found, the other may usually be found also. Kill off this pair before they completely "hog-tie" yo to the treadmill of failure.
  14. One or more of the six basic fears. These fears have been analyzed for you in a later in a separate blog. They must be mastered before you can market your services effectively.
  15. Wrong selection of a mate in a marriage. This is a most common cause of failure. The relationship of marriage brings people intimately into contact. Unless this relationship is harmonious, failure is likely to follow. Moreover, it will be a form of failure that is marked by misery and unhappiness, destroying all signs of ambition.
  16. Over-caution. The person who takes no chances generally has to take whatever is left when others are through choosing. Over-caution is as bad as under-caution. Both are extremes to be guarded against. Life itself is filled with the element of chance. 
  17. Wrong selection of associates in business. This is one of the most common causes of failure in business. In marketing personal services, one should use great care to select an employer who will be inspiration, and who is, himself, intelligent and successful. We emulate those with whom we associate most closely. Pick an employer who is worth emulating.
  18. Superstition and prejudice. Superstition is a form of fear. It is also a sign of ignorance. Men who succeed keep on minds are afraid of nothing.
  19. Wrong selection of vocation. No man can succeed in a line of endeavor which he does not like. The most essential step in the marketing of personal services is that of selecting an occupation into which you can throw yourself wholeheartedly. 
  20. Lack of concentration of effort. The jack-of-all-trade seldom is good at any. Concentrate all your efforts on one definite chief aim.
  21. The habit of indiscriminate spending. The spendthrift cannot succeed, mainly because he stands eternally in fear of poverty. Form the habit of systematic saving by putting aside a definite percentage of your income. Money in the bank gives one a very safe foundation of courage when bargaining for the sale of personal services. Without money, one must take what one is offered, and be glad to get it.
  22. Lack of enthusiasm. Without enthusiasm one cannot be convincing. Moreover, enthusiasm is contagious, and the person who has it, under control, is generally welcome in any group of people.
  23. Intolerance. The person with a closed mind on any subject seldom gets ahead. Intolerance means that one has stopped acquiring knowledge. The most damaging forms of intolerance are those connected with religious, racial and political differences of opinion. 
  24. Intemperance. The most damaging forms of intemperance are connected with eating, strong drink, and sexual activities. Over-indulgence in any of these is fatal to success.
  25. Inability to cooperate with others. More people lose their positions and their big opportunities in life, because of this fault, than for all other reasons combined. It is a fault which no well-informed businessman or leader will tolerate.
  26. Possession of power that was not acquired through self-effort. (Sons and daughters of wealthy men, and others who inherit money which they did not earn). Power in the hands of one who did not acquire it gradually is often fatal to success. Quick riches are more dangerous than poverty.
  27. Intentional dishonesty. There is no substitute for honesty. One may be temporarily dishonest by force of circumstances over which one has no control, without permanent damage. But, there is no hope for the person who is dishonest by choice. Sooner or later, his deeds will catch up with him, and he will pay by loss of reputation, and perhaps even loss of liberty.
  28. Egotism and vanity. These qualities serve as red lights which warn others to keep away. They are fatal to success.
  29. Guessing instead of thinking. Most people are too indifferent or lazy to acquire facts with which to think accurately. They prefer to act on "opinions" created by guesswork or snap-judgments.
  30. Lack of capital. This is a common cause of failure among those who start out in business for the first time, without sufficient reserve of capital to absorb the shock of their mistakes, and to carry them over until they have established a reputation.
  31. Under this, name any particular cause of failure from which you have suffered has not been included in the forgoing list. 
In these thirty-one major causes of failure is found a description of the tragedy of life, which obtains for practically every person who tries and fails. It will be helpful if you can induce someone who knows you well to go over this list with you, and help to analyze you by the thirty-one causes of failure. It may be beneficial if you try this alone. Most people cannot see themselves as others see them. You may be one who cannot.

No one has been given an unalterable attitude. You can change, but it's up to you. Decide now how you want to approach life and develop that kind of attitude. A new attitude doesn't happen on its own. You must develop it, and the sooner you begin the better.
Some people hide behind the excuse that they just can't change: "I've been this way since I was a kid, and I'm not about to change now." It's never too late to change! Change is indespensable to growth. If you stop changing, you stop growing. And if you stop growing, you're in trouble! What do you call a tree that has stopped growing? That's right. Dead. It's no different with people. When they stop growing, they start dying.
Some people stopped growing years ago. We might not bury them until they have stopped moving, but they really died years ago.
You can change your attitude.
Thank goodness for one church secretary who was willing to change hers. One morning, a big Texan wearing a 10-gallon hat sauntered into the church office and sidled up to the counter. "I came in to talk with the head pig of this church," he confidently drawled with a heavy accent.
"The head...what?" the shocked secretary replied.
"The head pig. Ya know, the one who blabs on and on every Sunday morning. Just wanted to talk with him before Ihead back to the ranch," the Texan continued, drawing out each syllable along the way.
Aghast at his irreverence, the prim and proper secretary straightened herself in her chair. With a voice resembling a grade-school teacher reprimanding a student, she retorted, "Now listen here. We don't use such terms of disrespect in this office. We call him "Reverend" or "Pastor", but never anything less!"
"Well," the man drawled, "I never meant to disrespect ma'am. I just sold a bunch of my stock and heard the good Lord tell me to donate a million dollars. Thought I'd like to do that here."
With a new sparkle in her voice, she quickly responded, "Wait right here, I'll go get the hog!"
A famous inventor said, "The world hates change, yet is is the only thing that has brought progres." How open to change are you? When we refuse to change and resist God's leading, life can become pretty miserable! Nevertheless, many times we won't change until the pain of remaining the same becomes greater than the pain of changing..

(From Wayne Cordeiro's "Attitudes that Attract Success")

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Have you ever noticed there are people you know who are literally at the same place today as they were five years ago? They still have the same dreams, the same problems; the same alibis, the same opportunities, and the same way of thinking. They are standing still in life. It's like their watch stopped five years ago, and so did they. God's will for us is to grow, to continue to learn and improve. The biggest room in our house is always the room for self-improvement.
A famous saying reads: "It's what you learn after you know it all that counts." I must admit that I am somewhat of a fanatic about this. I hate to have idle time - time in which I am not learning anything. Those around me know that I must always have something to read or to write during any idle moment that might arise. In fact, I try to learn from everyone. From one I may learn what not to do, while from another, I learn what to do. Learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make all the mistakes yourself. You can learn more from a wise man when he is wrong than a fool who is right.
Goethe said, "Everybody wants to be; nobody wants to grow." I agree with Van Crouch: "You will never change your actions until you change your mind." An important way to keep growing is to never stop asking questions. The person who is afraid of asking is ashamed of learning. Only hungry minds can grow.
We should learn as if we will live forever and live as if we are going to die tomorrow. Harvey Ullman said, "Anyone who stops learning is old, whether this happens at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps on learning not only remains young, but becomes consistently more valuable regardless of physical capacity." Timothy is instructed: "Study to show thyself approved unto God..." (2 Timothy 2:15). It's fun to keep learning. Learning brings approval to your life.
Learn from others. Learn to see in the challenges of others the ills you should avoid. Experience is a present instructor that keeps us from repeating the past in the future. Life teaches us by giving us new problems before we solve the old ones. Think education is expensive or difficult? Listen to Derek Bok: "If you think education isexpensive - try ignorance."

(From John L. Mason's "An Enemy Called Average")