Love and Kindness
1. Loving people even in their weakest moments and giving them strength. As Marilyn Monroe said, “If you can’t take me at my worst, you don’t deserve me at my best.”
2. Forgiving someone instead of holding a grudge which gives them peace of mind. That peace of mind ripples back into the world.
3. Listening just to help someone find their own way when it would be easier to dominate the conversation.
4. Helping someone who can’t offer you anything in return.
5. Noticing someone’s positive efforts that often go unappreciated. Everyone wants to believe they make a difference. Sometimes a little gratitude inspires them to make an even bigger impact.
6. Showing a child through actions how to be a good person. Children learn from what we do more than what we say.
7. Giving someone a book that might change their life. As Mark Twain said, “The man who does not read great books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.”
8. Forgiving yourself and letting go of the past. You can only love yourself if you cut yourself some slack—and you can only love other people if you love yourself.
9. Taking care of your family’s needs, both physical and emotional. It’s not easy to do both simultaneously and well.
10. Connecting two people whose lives will improve for knowing each other.
Strength and Commitment
11. Acknowledging a mistake and growing through the process
12. Working through it when you’re having a hard day. A lot of people shut down when times get difficult. Whenever you keep going you have every reason to feel proud.
13. Finding joy in your work regardless of your success. In an achievement-oriented society, focusing on the journey and not the outcome is an act of greatness.
14. Putting your heart into your blog, regardless of your readership. Even if only one person learns from your experiences, you’ve made a powerful difference through your words.
15. Staying in the game even when you think you might lose. Sticktoitiveness is an attribute to celebrate. It helps you be the person you want to be regardless of what you accomplish.
16. Honoring a promise when you’re tempted not to keep it.
17. Actually being the person you claim to be, however that translates into action.
18. Comparing yourself to an older version of you instead of other people. There’s no better way to measure your growth and motivate yourself to keep going.
19. Having the strength to walk away from a person or situation that isn’t good for you.
20. Trusting your inner voice instead of letting the world make decisions for you.
21. Understanding instead of arguing. Good for your mental well-being and other people’s, too.
22. Enjoying yourself regardless of what you’ve gotten done. Enjoyment is success.
23. Telling someone else you believe in their potential. You never know what act of greatness you might inspire, however big or small.
24. Taking one small step to fill your life with meaning based on what matters to you. People who live with passion and purpose inspire everyone around them.
25. Keeping an open mind, both to create new possibilities for yourself and to increase your chances of loving and helping people.
26. Doing something that scares you. The more willing you are to take risks, the greater your odds of feeling fulfilled in life. Fulfillment is success.
27. Mentoring someone who’d like to do what you do. When you help someone live their dreams you’re a meaningful part of their happiness.
28. Learning from someone else. Sometimes it’s powerful to be the apprentice and not the expert
29. Opening your world to new people. No one is an island. Every time you open your world to someone else, you create the possibility of inspiring and being inspired.
30. Creating. Music, poetry, jewelry, movies, websites, buildings—anything you create is a gift to the world.
As always, I haven’t created a thorough list. This is just the beginning. Reach out! What minor success have you celebrated or noticed today?