My Maxims

Maxim 1:  WTM2S
The main cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want right now.
Every single action you take moves you either toward or away from your goals.

Maxim #2:  Happiness comes before achievement, not after it.
When you are truly grateful for what you have that’s when you get more but when you only focus on the negative, you’ll never have enough.
And that gratitude must to be extended to others as well. If you’re not happy and grateful for the success of others, it will never come to you.
This a great documentary (and it’s on Netflix)

Maxim #3:  Ready. Shoot. Aim!
If you wait until you have everything you think you need to begin, you never will.  And a year from now you’ll wish you had started today.
Contrary to what you’ve heard, knowledge isn’t power, it’s only potential power.  People will say “I’ve decided” to do this or that but you have decided anything until you taken action.

Maxim #4:  Practice does not make perfect… perfect practice makes perfect.
Someone once told me “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst” which is terrible advice because in life, you generally get what you prepare for.
Belief in myths like ‘any given Sunday’ don’t serve us because the truth is winning comes from hard work and strategy.
Muhammad Ali said it best, “Fights are won or lost far away from the crowd, behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before we dance under those lights.”

Maxim #5:  Your wealth is not your worth, but…
Albert Einstein said, “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it – he who doesn’t – pays it.”
I don’t think he was talking about just money. All decisions and actions have a compound effect.  So invest your money for maximum wealth and your actions for maximum worth.

Image from Darren Hardy's book by the same name.  Attending Darren's events are some of the best investments I've made.

Image from Darren Hardy’s book by the same name. Attending Darren’s events are some of the best investments I’ve made.

Maxim #6  Walk the talk.
Love and gratitude are actions, not thoughts. Spare me the Rumi quotes and Sark wisdom. You can tell how grateful you are for the things in your life by the condition they’re in, from your body to your relationships.

Maxim #7  Baggage fees apply…
to more than just airline travel and at a far greater cost.
Only a fool trips on things that are behind them. I read somewhere that emotional pain last no more than a few weeks. The rest is self inflicted. It’s one of the best pieces of advice I ever received.

Maxim #8  Actually practice the Golden Rule…
because if you don’t give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself, you’re kind of a dick.
You’re not only on the wrong side of history but your own personal karma as well.
Trust me, you don’t get punished for your intolerance, you get punished by your intolerance.

Maxim #9  Stand in your truth.
Where you are right now is the result your own decisions and actions and no one else. Failure isn’t falling down, or even giving up.  We all give up from time to time only to start again.  Real failure is blaming someone or something else.
Blame is easy and a seductive trap that prevents you from your own growth.

Maxim #10  Either your lifestyle serves you or you serve it.  Period.
If it’s the latter then start making some changes now.
The greatest impact you can have in living stress free and happy is to live well below your means, keep your promises, tell the truth and if your wrong, admit it.
“There’s a certain Buddhistic calm that comes from having money in the bank.”
-John Robbins

One Comment on “My Maxims

  1. I devoured your thoughts here. Stunning. If only one (myself included) had a clue how to put feet to them. That, will take some digesting and days/weeks/months/years to reverse the self talk and ridiculous life serving gunk I allowed myself to get sucked into. I do so admire you for putting it out there. Thank you.


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