What would you do differently
if you knew nobody would judge you?
Truth be told, no one has the right to judge you.
People may have heard your stories,
but they can't feel what you are going through;
they aren't living YOUR life.
So forget what they say about you.
Focus on how you feel about yourself,
and do what you know in your heart is right.
1. Take care of yourself.
Your relationship with yourself is the closest
and most important relationship you will ever have.
If you don't take good care of yourself,
then you can't take good care of others either;
which is why taking care of yourself
is the best selfish thing you can do.
2. Do what you know is right, for YOU.
Don't be scared to walk alone,
and don't be scared to like it.
Don't let anyone's ignorance, drama, or negativity
stop you from being the best you can be.
Keep doing what you know in your heart is right, for you.
Because when you are totally at peace within yourself,
nothing can shake you.
3. Follow your own unique path.
Every new day is a chance to change your life.
Work on making life all that you want it to be.
Work hard for what you believe,
and keep your dreams big and your worries small.
You never need to carry more than you can hold;
just take it one day at a time.
And while you're out there making decisions
instead of excuses, learning new things,
and getting closer and closer to your goals,
you should know that there are others out there,
like me, who admire your efforts
and are striving for greatness too.
4. Lock yourself away from the world
and work on your goals.
Dream big dreams,
but realize that short term,
realistic goals are the key to success.
Success is directly connected with daily action.
The way we spend our time defines who we are.
Successful people keep moving,
by doing small things every day
that bring them a couple steps
closer to their dream.
They make mistakes along the way,
but they don't quit – they learn and press on.
5. Adjust your goals
and dreams as life changes.
A great deal of pain in life
comes from having a specific dream
that you've fallen in love with,
and when it doesn't work out exactly as planned,
you become angry that you now have to pursue a different path.
If you want to tame your inner demons
and make the most of life,
you must not become rigidly
attached to just one specific dream,
and remain open to there being an even better,
equally as happy path ahead.
Life is unpredictable,
but it provides plenty of opportunities
to make dreams come true.
Just don't forget
that sometimes taking a positive step forward
requires you to slightly adjust your dreams,
or plan new ones
– it's OK to change your mind
or have more than one dream.
6. Forgive those who have wronged you.
Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.
Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong and wise.
Forgiveness allows you to focus on the future
without combating the past.
To understand the potential
of everything going forward
is to forgive everything already behind you.
wounds can never be healed,
and moving on can never be accomplished.
What happened in the past
is just one chapter.
Don't close the book,
just turn the page.
7. Show everyone your love and kindness.
If you are reserving your love only for
those who you have decided are worthy of it
– all strangers excluded –
it may come as a surprise to learn
that this is not love at all,
it is called judgment.
Judgment is selective,
love is all embracing.
Just as the sunlight
and the wind do not discriminate,
true love does not
make any such distinctions either.
Love and kindness is a way of living.
Where there is love,
there is no judgment.
Where there is judgment, there is no love.
8. Stand up for others,
even if it's the unpopular thing to do.
Sometimes you will say
something really small and simple,
but it will fit right into an empty space
in someone's heart.
Dare to reach into the darkness,
to pull someone else into the light.
Remember, strong people stand up for themselves,
but stronger people stand up for others too,
and lend a hand when they're able.
9. Fight through your failures.
When you are feeling down
or dealing with failure,
don't be ashamed.
There's nothing to be ashamed of.
You are going through a difficult time,
and you are still pushing forward.
That's something to be proud of –
that you are fighting through it
and slowly rising above it.
Let everyone know
that today you are a lot stronger
than you were yesterday,
and you will be.
10. Keep your head held high
and keep on smiling.
Every day of your life
is a page of your history.
The only time you run out of chances
is when you stop taking them.
Don't cry over the past,
cry to get over the past.
Don't smile to hide the pain,
smile to heal the pain.
Don't think of all the sadness in the world,
think of all the beauty
that still remains around you.
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