I caught the delightful documentary, John Wooden: Values, Victory featuring the Wizard of Westwood on Netflix, the other night. Despite growing up in a Trojan household, I wish I’d had the opportunity to learn from Mr. UCLA Basketball, himself, while he was still teaching.
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It’s no secret that I love fortune cookies. A few months ago I got this fortune right before I got a big promotion at work and I’ve kept it ever since.
I know I didn’t get the promotion because of the cookie. However, the fortune has served as a useful reminder to me that even big changes are always near—especially if we are wiling to pay the price for them.
You want change at home, in your career, in the world in general? Make them happen yourself. It doesn’t matter if you start small, what matters is that you start at all!
English: Photo of , an American religious leader and author who served as the 15th President of (LDS Church). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
“[We] should be grateful. And we ought to express our gratitude daily in countless ways—to each other, to our parents and other family members who have contributed so dramatically to our lives, to friends who have given us the benefit of the doubt again and again, to colleagues and associates who motivate and inspire us to reach higher and do better, to prudent leaders who serve selflessly, and particularly, to a Higher Power from Whom all ultimate blessings and goodness flow.”
Below are seven of my favorite axioms from the Founding Father’s letter.
“Encourage all your virtuous dispositions, and exercise them whenever an opportunity arises; being assured that they will gain strength by exercise, as a limb of the body does, and that exercise will make them habitual.”
“There is no habit you will value so much as that of walking without fatigue.”
“Rise at a fixed and an early hour, and go to bed at a fixed and early hour also…Sitting up late at night is injurious to the health, and not useful to the mind.”
“A strong body makes the mind strong.”
“Husband well your time, cherish your instructions, strive to make every body your friend…”
“He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time”
“If you ever find yourself environed with difficulties and perplexing circumstances, out of which you are at a loss how to extricate yourself, do what is right, and be assured that that will extricate you the best out of the worst situations.”
Jefferson’s counsel to his kinsman rings as true today as it did over two hundred years ago. I find them especially applicable now at the beginning of a new year when so many of us take the time to analyze our lives and strive for improvement.
Which of Jefferson’s tips would benefit you the most? Sound off in the comments below.