I recently stumbled across the manifesto that Lululemon uses as a mission statement. Regardless of what you think of the company, its manifesto includes some great ideas. Here's my simplified, general-purpose version:
- Drink fresh water. It flushes toxins and keeps your brain sharp.
- Exercise daily. The endorphin helps you make better decisions.
- Practice courage. Do at least one thing a day that frightens you.
- Listen, listen, listen. Then ask questions to increase your understanding.
- Eat something delicious. One exquisite bite is better than a feast of junk food.
- Embrace setbacks. How well you handle them defines your success.
- Like yourself. Because if you don't, it's unlikely anybody else will either.
- Meditate or pray. They reduce stress, the source of most illnesses.
- Plan for success. Refine your one-, five-, and ten-year goals every three months.
- Do it now. The world changes so fast that if you wait it will be too late.
- Keep in touch. Friends are far, far more important than money.
- Take a walk. It clears your head and brings perspective.
- Breathe deeply. Living in the moment is the meaning of life.
- Choose positive thoughts. Negative thoughts can and will poison your life.
- Take vitamins. The lack of them is a bottleneck to sustainable health.
- Commit. Replace "I wish," "I should," and "I'll try" with "I will" or "I must."
- Enjoy the moment. The pursuit of happiness is the source of unhappiness.
- Leave a light footprint. What we do to the earth we do to ourselves.
If these rules make sense, here's a suggestion. Print the list and tape a copy onto your bathroom mirror, onto your refrigerator, and beside your bed. Don't wash your hands, get something to eat, or go to sleep without reading at least one rule aloud.