Principles for a Successful Life
by Ron Kurtus (revised 6 February 2006)
A successful life is a satisfying life. It is one where you are healthy, happy and fulfilled in your existence. Most people would like to lead such a life, but many think it is not easy to do. In fact, it is not that difficult. Much of what happens to you in your life is a result of your philosophy or way of thinking and the principles you follow, as well as your attitude toward things.
Questions you may have include:
- What type of philosophy do I need to have?
- How do attitude, health and wealth fit in?
- What do I need to do to get started?
This lesson will answer those questions.
Have a positive philosophy
In order to lead a good, well or satisfying life, you need a positive philosophy toward the major components in your life. These components are your:
- Health: Physical, Emotional and Spiritual
- Communications: Sensing the world and Social interactions
- Activities: Vocation and Leisure
(Note that the outlook of the School for Champions follows these life components and provides courses of how to succeed in many of them.)
Be good in each
You can be good and attain satisfaction in each of these items, leading to a happy and healthy life.
(The hyperlinks jump to lessons on each activity. You can get the details on each right now or wait until you finish this lesson.)
Your attitude can make your life satisfying, if you:
- Enjoy life
- Be accountable for your own well being
- Think in terms of taking care of your whole personyour body, mind and spirit
The following are ways to attain wellness in the different types of health.
Good physical health can make your life satisfying, if you:
- Are physically active
- Eat frugally
- Minimize medical invasiveness
Good emotional health can make your life satisfying, if you:
- Handle stress well
- Are aware of your feelings
- Appreciate the talents you have
Good spiritual health can make your life satisfying, if you:
- Are forgiving
- Are grateful
- Are at peace
The following are ways to attain wellness in the areas of communication.
Sensing the world
Effective sensing of the world around you can make your life more satisfying, if you:
- Are observant
- Are curious
- Use all your senses
Good social interactions can make your life satisfying, if you:
- Have respect for other people
- Try to have everyone win
- Live for today
Good intellect can make your life satisfying, if you:
- Think mindfully
- Are creative
- Continually grow
A good vocation can make your life satisfying, if you:
- Have a purpose
- Help others
- Are concerned about future generations
By taking care of your attitude, physical health, emotional health, spiritual health, social interactions, intellect, and vocation, you should lead a good life.
Look at your life as a journey
Resources and references
The following resources provide information on this subject.
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Top-rated books on Success in Life
The 22 Non-Negotiable Laws of Wellness by Greg Anderson, Harper Collins Books, 1996 ($12.00). Provides an excellent blueprint for the principles to follow to lead a good life.
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