In Stephen Covey’s book The 8th Habit he offers the following four assumptions that he contends will allow us to begin leading a more balanced, integrated and powerful life. They center on the four parts of human nature; body, mind, heart and spirit.
Covey says we should make these assumptions…
Body – assume you’ve had a heart attack; now live accordingly
Mind – assume the half-life of your profession is two years; now prepare accordingly.
Heart – assume everything you say about another, they can overhear; now speak accordingly
Spirit – assume you have a one-on-one visit with your Creator every quarter; now live accordingly.
Dr. John Maxwell offers this from his book “Today Matters:”
Just for today… I will choose and display the right attitudes.
Just for today…I will determine and act on important priorities
Just for today… I will know and follow healthy guidelines.
Just for today…I will communicate with and care for my family.
Just for today… I will practice and develop good thinking.
Just for today… I will make and keep proper commitments.
Just for today… I will earn and properly manage finances.
Just for today… I will deepen and live out my faith.
Just for today… I will initiate and invest in solid relationships.
Just for today… I will plan for and model generosity.
Just for today… I will embrace and practice good values.
Just for today… I will seek and experience improvements.
Just for today… I will act on these decisions and practice these disciplines.
And, then one day… I will see the compounding results of a day well lived
Mother Teresa offers this most profound formula for living:
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true friends; succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; do good anyway.
Give the world your best anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway.