Stand Up! Insist On …

This is the first part in a two post series, so watch for part two in a day or two.

Life is crazy and messy. As a small business owner, we work far too much and have difficulty unplugging. You need to take care of yourself wholly. This means taking care of ourselves physically, mentally, and spiritually. We often forget how to make ourselves happy and instead we listen to others. While that’s usually ok, there are some things you should always insist on doing.  No matter what.

1. Insist on … Going After Your Dreams

Sure, some dreams sound crazy and out of reach, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. If you never try to pursue them, you will live your life wondering what could have been. So ignore what the haters have to say and do what your heart leads you to do.

2. Insist on … Being the Bigger Man (or Woman)

Disagreements happen. They are part of life. There are situations and arguments all of which are different. Fighting tooth and nail, or stooping to a new high in low levels, will only do more harm than good. Be the bigger person and let it go. Agree to disagree and move forward. You don’t need the baggage and moving on will benefit you in the end.

3. Insist on … Forgiving Others

Forgiveness is h.a.r.d. but you should do it for yourself. Holding on to resentment or anger will only weigh you down and make you feel miserable. The physical manifestations – high blood pressure, sleeplessness, anxiety – are just not good for you. You don’t need to do it for the other person, though it’s great if you do, but doing it for yourself will make your life just that much brighter.

4. Insist on … Seeing the Glass as Half Full

Positive attitudes bring forth positive outcomes in your life. Don’t look at things from a negative perspective. That will only make you miserable. Once you start looking through positive eyes you will see things in a new light, a happier one at that.

5. Insist on … Being Yourself

Regardless of what other people say, you should never try to be anything other than who you are. Who cares if they like you or agree with how you do things or view things? You are unique and you should stay true to yourself no matter what.

6. Insist on … Keeping Around Only the People who Make you Happy

It is totally okay to cut people out of your life. Sure, it might be hard; but you shouldn’t be anyone’s backup plan. You should keep company with those who care about you as much as you care about them and the people who make you happy. Don’t let people bring you down, just let them go.

7. Insist on … Learning From Your Mistakes

Everyone makes mistakes, we aren’t perfect. You learn as you go. That’s ok! Don’t let anyone make you feel bad because you made a mistake, they make them too! Instead, learn from your mistakes. Let them be lessons in life and move on.

8. Insist on … Standing Up for What You Believe In

At some point in our lives, we will have our morals, values and belief systems tested. Stay true to your beliefs no matter what anyone else says or does. When you’re pressed hard for those beliefs, re-read #2.

9. Insist on … Cutting Out the Drama

Don’t be the drama llama. Sure it was fun to sit and gossip when we were younger, but as we grow up we realize that drama only brings us down and everyone around us down. You’re not twelve anymore .. act it. Drama free is easier and makes for a happier life overall.

10. Insist on … Keeping the Past in the Past

Enjoy the freedom of now and the future. Don’t let the past hold you back, it may have shaped you in to who you are today, but today shapes you to who you will be tomorrow. Just let it go and move forward with your life.

Phew … We’re half way through the list! Stay tuned for part two of the things in life that you must insist on.