Follow These 8 Tips to Live Better in 2013
As we turn the corner into 2013 we are given the opportunity to make this year better than the last. Envisioning a better future for yourself, setting goals to improve your life, and taking action toward those goals are necessary in order to turn your dreams into reality.
While imagining a better year, on the whole, is important, remember that results come from the work we put forth day in and day out. Furthermore, our attitude and outlook on life can allow us to reach our goals faster and with seemingly less effort.
A great way to kickstart your year is by watching this video, showing a lecture given to an audience on the set of Oprah by Dr. Randy Pausch. In it, Dr. Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon attempts to reiterate a speech he initially gave at his University. The speech is an academic tradition in which a professor is to give a speech as if it was the last speech they would ever give. In essence, the dialogue is supposed to encompass everything that one has learned throughout the course of his or her life (quite a task, I know). Unfortunately for Dr. Pausch, this was a reality as he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given only months to live.
During this lecture, Dr. Pausch expresses that he is totally aware of his situation, and no part of him is denying his condition. But what makes Dr. Pausch so remarkable is that instead of living out his last days in pity, he has decided to accept his fate and live his last days with gusto.
He reminds the audience that his speech is not about death; it’s about life. He truly embodies the powerful statement of “seeing the glass half full”.
If Pausch is able to remain this optimistic given his circumstances, what’s stopping you from doing the same?
Here are Dr. Pausch’s 8 tips to living a great life:
- Push through the brick walls
- Have a sense of humility
- Express your creativity
- Live with integrity
- Have gratitude
- Don’t complain
- Never underestimate the importance of having fun!
There is beauty everywhere on Earth; we just need to adjust our eyes to observe it.
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