Reminder: List I Keep In My Daily Journal

Recently, I had the pleasure of doing two of many dinner parties for one of my longtime and tasteful clients Mrs. Hershaft.

I love her not only because she is a class act, but also because at the beginning of the year she sent me a list of reminders I carry in my daily journal at all times.

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I’d like to share a few of these with you:

  1. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems and obstacles are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class, but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
  2. Don’t compare your business to others, you have no idea what their journey is all about.
  3. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  4. Don’t take yourself too seriously. No one else does.
  5. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  6. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  7. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
  8. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.
  9. Forgive everyone for everything
  10. Always remember: The best is yet to come, if you let it.

Mrs. Hershaft: thank you for you continued support, but mostly thank you for these wonderful reminders that I try to live by and write about.

Which piece of advice do you most agree with? Is there something on this list you think wouldn’t apply to you? I’d love to hear about it and why.

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  • RentMyChurch

    Thank you for sharing – those are 10 of the best reminders a person could live by!

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  • Samantha Darr, Soiréebliss! Events

    #2 and #4 are most helpful to me. I need to post them on my bathroom mirror and computer as I find myself doing this often.

    One of my “go to” quotes is “Pain is only temporary”. I developed this as a competitive runner to push myself harder during a race or training session. I find it can apply to emotion or mental challenges/difficulties as well.

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  • Jonathan bates

    The ones that resonated most with me are #1 and #10. Life is definitely like school and the lesson we learn will last a lifetime. Yes! The best is yet to come, “if” you let it! Great principles. Thanks Preston.

  • Courtney

    #4 & #5 are my favorites. I honestly laughed out loud for both of them because they ring so true. I find myself exerting too much energy on those two things in my life. The list is a nice reminder to keep it all in perspective…..

  • Kisha

    all good tips & i usually live by those on a daily basis.

  • Julia Hewitt

    Brilliantly said and so very true! Thanks!

  • Erica Prewett

    Love these! Thanks for sharing them.
    The quotes on my bathroom mirror are:
    “Average is as close to the top as it is to the bottom.”
    “The gem gets polished with friction.”

  • Jennifer Ward

    I love all of these reminders, but #2 is by far my favorite. I’m always looking at comparable companies, wondering how they got to where they are, never thinking about what they’ve sacrificed along the way. I often have to remind myself to “put on my blinders and run my own race.” Thank you so much Mr.Bailey for sharing!

  • http://YOURWEBSITE Rebecca Stoddard, Shade of Green Events

    These are all very inspiring! Thank you for sharing. I plan to repost and also keep a copy on my desk at all times!

    I would add one of my favorites…everything happens for a reason. :)

  • Nishaka

    Great reminders. #1, #9, #10 really hit home for me. We grow tremendously through the obstacles we have in life. Forgive everyone for everything…one day we will need to someone to forgive us for a mistake that we make. The best is yet to come…a true and powerful statement. I’m excited and looking forward to the great things ahead of me. A great statement from a Leader in my church…”An Unwritten Plan is Hard to Follow.” Thanks again!

  • http://YOURWEBS Martine

    I love the whole list, but two them are priceless: what other people think of you is none of your business and forgive everyone for everything. What a different world we would have if all lived by those words…

  • http://YOURWEBSITE DaJor Saunders

    I love them all…. There is not one that would not apply. If I had to choose, it would be #10. The best is yet to come, if you let it.

  • thelifestylemaven

    I love this post! All of it really. But the ones that struck a chord were numbers one to ten. Although things may be hard at times i do believe the best is yet to come :)

  • Kim Eibrink Jansen – Events of Noosa, Weddings of Noosa, Australia

    All of them!! Thank you so much, you have made my day xo

  • Leslie

    I agree most with:

    Forgive everyone for everything.

    Forgiveness is something one normally thinks of as good for the person being forgiven. This is not always the only truth. While sometimes it is difficult to forgive someone who you feel has wronged you there is a benefit to not holding all that bitterness inside you as well…

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  • Mara Olson (March 27 Designs)

    I love number 9: Forgive everyone for everything.

    Bitterness leads you nowhere. Forgiveness is the only way to restore and refresh relationships.

  • Sharon Alexander

    Could not choose one! They are all powerful, but different.
    Think we should all read those every day.
    Thank you for sharing!

  • http://YOURWEBSITE Karen

    Preston, OMG, OMG… These all hit home, but the two that stuck out for me the most were “What other people think of you is none of your business” and “Don’t compare your business to others you have no idea what their journey is all about. All I have to say is I am putting these on my desk at work to look at every day. Words from the wise. thanks, Karen

  • Michael Castro

    Thank you Preston for such a great list! It reminds a person that the most important part of life is life itself! THANK YOU! :)

  • feuza

    love all of them but #5 really struck me