- Reality and Responsibility — ACCOUNTABILITY
Ultimately, I am responsible for everything that happens in my life. My thoughts and my decisions, my actions, create my reality. If I examine my life and I hold myself accountable to an ever higher set of standards, I can and will accomplish anything I should so decide.
- Discipline and Determination — HUNGER
Enjoyment results from work that brings me closer to a goal. Joy, self love, is discipline. It means saying to myself, “I love you too much to let you do that.” Most are unwilling to do what it takes to make their dreams come true. I am not most. To feel successful, I must have control of my mind; I must choose actions that are in my best interest. I must be disciplined.
- Courage and Conviction — STRENGTH
To do what is necessary. To trust myself and my instincts. To have the courage to abide my convictions in the face of fear. Fear is excitement and can only be found outside of my comfort zone. This is where and how I grow. Strength protects. It also tests and challenges. It enables love to grow.
- Gratitude and Appreciation — LOVE
If I have only this, even if I have nothing else, I am okay and life is good. Without friends and family — without good and honest people to care and to share — life is not worth living. Happiness is trading expectation for appreciation. I expect only respect.
- Genuine and Authentic — INTEGRITY
Integrity is everything. If I cannot look at myself in the mirror, if I cannot trust or appreciate those I love and see this in their eyes reflected back, I am lost. Integrity is also defined as “the state of being whole and undivided.” I am united when I stay true to myself and my values.
- Curiosity and Exploration — ADVENTURE
I grow when I am outside of my comfort zone. I grow when I push myself mentally and physically. Nothing tests my limits and pushes my boundaries better than adventure.
“The goal of climbing big, dangerous mountains should be to attain some sort of spiritual and personal growth.” ― Yvon Chouinard
- Passion and Creativity — PLAY
“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.” —L.P. Jacks
- Insight and Introspection — AWARENESS
The moment is all we have. Stay present. Remember this list. Life goes on or it ends. Keep luck on your side. And always, Live with Love and Stay Hungry.