I call this my “Grandfather Exercise.” By that, I mean, picture yourself as a 90-year-old grandfather (or grandmother) sitting in a rocking chair. Think about the “life wisdom” that your Grandfather-self would share with your current self if asked about those life lessons that should be known and incorporated into your life. Think about the value of that wisdom…
This is what “my Grandfather self” would say…
1. Do what you say.
2. Surround yourself with the right people.
people that are doing stuff
people that have good values
3. Relationships rule.
all opportunities come from people
be the friend you would like to have
4. Be effective not necessarily efficient.
be more concerned with results
5. Be intentional.
have a target
know why you’re doing everything you do
read, travel, turn off the TV
be better tomorrow than you were today
7. Be grateful.
open your eyes, your mind and your heart…in that order
spend time outside in nature
8. Eliminate “good enough.”
it usually isn’t
9. Write it down.
thoughts, to do’s, goals, dreams, things you’re grateful for, people to pray for, memories of your youth
your mind is not meant to be a file cabinet
10. Think like a Sushi chef.
finish what you start
clean up as you go
11. Look people in the eye.
that’s where connection begins
and trust resides
12. Listen more than you speak.
your words will be more valuable
13. If it’s not nice, don’t say it.
our words are meant to lift others up
not tear them down
14. Everyone is important.
that includes you
15. Guard what you see and listen to.
you are responsible for you
16. Use the computer as a tool, not as a place to “surf.”
your time is valuable
17. Smile more!
we all need it
18. Watch your pennies.
like the saying goes, “if you watch your pennies, the dollars will take care of themselves”
we were not put on this earth to be only consumers
20. Think long-term.
that which is best is rarely that which is easy
I know many people that may read this post have children. I also know that you will have limited opportunities to shape the future of your children by what you choose to talk about in the car, over the dinner table, or just hanging out together. My hope is that you might use this time to begin a dialogue about “how to live.” It may seem silly…but think about it…where else are they going to learn?
Ask them what their 90-year old grandfather or grandmother might share with them. Heck…you might learn something!
Feel free to drop a comment to add to the list! Heck…I might learn something!