Ten OTHER Commandments to Live By
1. You shall not worry, for worry is the most
unproductive of all human activities.
2. You shall not be fearful, for most of the things we fear
never come to pass.
3. You shall not carry grudges, for they are the heaviest
of all life's burdens.
4. You shall face each problem as it comes. You can only
handle one at a time anyway.
5. You shall not take problems to bed with you, for they
make very poor bedfellows.
6. You shall not borrow other people's problems. They can
better care for them than you.
7. You shall not try to relive yesterday for good or ill,
it is forever gone. Concentrate on what is happening in your
life and be happy now!
8. You shall be a good listener, for only when you listen
do you hear ideas different from your own.
9. You shall not become "bogged down" by frustration, for 90%
of it is rooted in self-pity and will only interfere with
10. You shall count your blessings, never overlooking the small
ones, for a lot of small blessings add up to a big one.
The day you take complete responsibility for yourself, the day
you stop making any excuses, that's the day you start on
the road to success.
Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility.
Choose the thoughts and actions that will lead
you to success. Nobody can do it for you.
Only you can make it happen. You're the only one
that has to live your life.
Life to a large extent is what you make of it.
Nothing will happen by itself. It will all come your
way once you understand that you have to make it come
your way. You have the power to succeed at anything.
The power to fulfill your dreams is within you.
We can't win if we want to lose.
Sometimes what we think we want is different from what we really want.
Who would want to lose? When success means winning,
who would ever choose to lose and thus reinforce low self-esteem?
We would, if losing is what makes us feel comfortable.
Due to many powerful family-of-orgin reasons, a great many of us
are programmed to lose. These motivations are subconcious,
of course. In spite of our best intentiond,
that programming, drumming in our heads~"You don't deserve much,"
"It can never turn out better than it is,"
"Who do you think you are even to try to succeed?"
~is like a constant, mental heartbeat. If the tracks
lead to last place and the train is on the tracks,
where will the train go? There can be only one answer.
On the road to improved self-esteem, we often find ourselves
getting sidetracked and stalled. We are perplexed when our
best efforts meet with surprising resistance.
The reason may well be that we are battling deeply ingrained
mental attitudes rather than outside obstacles.
Often what we need is reprogramming. A good start would
be daily affirmations like, "I am just as worthy of success as anybody else"
or "There are no limits to my personal growth."
Only when I can envision myself in the winner's circle can winning
become a real possibilty.
An excerpt from the book
Believing In Myself~Daily Meditions for Healing and Building Self-Esteem
Earnie Larsen & Carol Hegarty