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WORDS OF WISDOM I ALWAYS TURN TO

It is amazing isn’t it? The little snippets of wisdom that stick in your head. Little bits of peoples advice that help you every day, often without you realising or acknowledging it.

Every day we are bombarded with advice, information and guidance. But how much actually sticks and how much serves us throughout our lives?

Here are 14 words of wisdom that have stuck with me and help me in my life.

Words of wisdom that apply frequently in my day to day life. Do they resonate with you?

1. Will it matter tomorrow?

Will it? This is especially good for little annoyances. When you get rubbish customer service, a car pulls out in front of you, you burn the biscuits. Ask yourself “will it matter tomorrow?” 99% of the time the answer is no. Really puts things into perspective.

2.  Never go back

Things are normally ex for a reason. Ex boyfriend, ex friend, ex job, ex unhealthy lifestyle etc. If you are ever tempted to go back, just remember why they are ex first and give it a great deal of consideration before heading in the backwards direction.

3. You are running your own race, make sure you are in it until the end.

I love this one, it has so many connotations. Such as don’t worry what others are doing, don’t compare yourself, never give up, have faith, and create your own life(race).

4. As one door closes another one opens.

My dad has been saying this to me for years. As an entrepreneur for most of his life this was inbuilt into his mindset and he shared it with us regularly when a door closed or was about to be. He was right, so far it has been true. Sometimes you have to be very brave to close that door. And sometimes you have to look hard for the door to open.

5. It will be worth it in the end.

I have always worked very hard. Putting in far too many hours. Between the age of 18 and 22 I was studying for my professional exams and my sister would always say “it will be worth it in the end”. This has been with me always and is now on my wall. She was right but I won’t tell her that!

6. Fake it until you make it.

I heard this one about a year ago on a TED talk. Fab one for confidence. Use it, it works. Plus I think a lot of people are doing this, if not everyone.

7. What day is it today…..today!

I have been using this one since having children. Our lives are busy. There is always overwhelm, busyness, madness and most of the time complete chaos. I imagine it is the same with you too, whether you have children or not.  Asking yourself this on particularly hectic days (pretty much most days then) helps you to focus just on today, what needs to be done today and enjoy today. Tomorrow will soon become today and you can focus on it then.

8. The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.

This one makes my imagination go wild. What we choose to do now, right now, impacts on the rest of our lives. I find that astounding, scary, exciting and mind blowing. It is like the

Anthony Robbins quote “Your destiny is determined by the choices you make, choose now, choose well.”

9. She believed that she could, and so she did.

I first heard this a few years ago. I say it all the time, it is so true. If you believe you can do it you are halfway there.

10. Act as if you know nothing you will get told lots. Act as if you know everything, you will get told nothing.

My university lecturer told me this many (far too many!) years ago. I always act as if I know nothing (which worryingly is pretty easy) and I learn so much more. Plus, I often find myself observing how I behave with people who act as though they know it all. I tell them very little. I am clueless as to how they learn anything.

11. Don’t worry about what others think.

This is such a difficult one to live by. I struggle with it. I really wish I could master this one. I keep reminding myself of it and maybe when I am old and wise I will be able to live by it every day.

12. They will get their comeuppance.

If someone is mean, rude or treats me badly in some way. It will back fire on them somewhere in their lives, that allows me to move on from it and not to dwell. Forgive and forget.  I have absolutely no idea if this is true but it makes me feel better!

13. If she/he can do it….then so can I!

This helps when you are up against a challenge. If others can do it then it must be achievable…..right?  Well maybe not the high jump.

14. Treat others as you would like to be treated yourself.

This is saving the best until last. If more people lived by this imagine how amazing this world would be.
Do you have any words of wisdom you would like to share? Do you agree or disagree with any of these words of wisdom? Comment below, we would all love to hear your wise words.

Barbara