One of the of the authors who compete for my attention is a business owner, turned columnist and motivational speaker from Minneapolis, Harvey Mackay, the author of the best selling business motivational book, "Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive".
He is also a United Features columnist, featured in hundreds of newspapers across the country, including the Evansville Courier and Press. In today's column Mackay shared "The Other 10 Commandments". I share them with you for your consideration and assimilation. Words of wisdom for today's environment.
I. Thou shall not worry, for worry is the most unproductive of all human activities. A day of worry is more exhausting than a day of work. People get so busy worrying about yesterday or tomorrow, they forget about today. Today is all you have to work with.
II. Thou shall not be fearful, for most of the things we fear never come to pass. Every crisis we face is multiplied when we act out of fear. When we fear something, we empower it. When we refuse to concede to our fear, then we have nothing to fear.
III. Thou shall not cross bridges before you come to them, for no one yet has succeeded. Solve the issues before you right now. Tomorrow's problems may not be problems tomorrow.
IV. Thou shall face each problem as it comes. You can only handle one problem at a time anyway. Problem solving is not easy, so don't make it any more difficult than it already is.
V. Thou shall not take problems to bed with you, for they make poor bedfellows. Problems always seem bigger in the middle of the night. Wait for the light of day to shed new light on your problem.
VI. Thou shall not borrow other people's problems. They can handle their problems better than you can, even if you think you are better equipped to handle them.
VII. Thou shall not try to relive yesterday. For better or worse, it is forever gone. Concentrate on what is happening in your life today and be happy now! You are responsible for your own happiness.
VIII. Thou shall be a good listener, for only when you listen do you hear ideas different from your own. You can win more friends with your ears than with your mouth. People will only listen to you once they feel that you have listened to them.
IX. Thou shall not become "bogged down" by frustration, for 90% of it is rooted in self-pity and will only interfere with positive action. Frustration has never improved a situation. Better to take a break, collect your thoughts, and redirect your attention to a positive first step.
X. Thou shall count they blessings! Never overlook the small blessings in life, for a lot of small blessings add up to a big one. We all have something to be grateful for, even on the worst day.
As Harvey says, "These may not be chiseled in stone, but try them...they'll make your life less rocky." I couldn't agree more!
Sir Hook the Mackay Moses of Warrick