Monday, September 30, 2013

Principles For Life #5

#5 > I will look for the good in all people and make them feel worthwhile.
As a martial arts instructor, I learned early in life that the way I treated and talked to my students made a difference to whether they became better martial artist & better people. As a parent & husband I was reinforced the same lessons. And for the last 20 years, I have seen the difference rule #5 has had on thousands of kids in our KickStart Kids program.
I want you to take a minute and go back to when someone made you feel inferior, useless, worthless or not worthy of something. Think of the negative impact it had on you, and for how long that negativity lasted.
Next, take a few more minutes to imagine how your life (at least in that period of time) would have been different if that person would have taken the time to find out about more about you. Or at the least, been nice and encouraging to you.
The truth is, we all need for someone to help us find a reason to feel good about ourselves in one way or another. We need words of encouragement. We need someone to believe in us enough to give us a shot at something whether it's a job or just being picked to play on their team.
So the next time you are tempted quickly judge someone or dismiss them, think about the negative impact you may have on that person's life. Then look to see if your first impressions or thoughts about that person may have been wrong.
And with many of these principles... remember you reap what you sow. If you want others to look for the good that you have to offer & treat you in ways that make you feel worthwhile, you need to treat others the same way.
Best of success, Chuck Norris