Thanks for visiting my blog today. As you may have guessed, a TO-DON’T list’ is a list of things NOT to do. It may seem quiet amusing, but it’s a very relevant & useful tool for keeping track of unproductive habits. And since I just updated my TO-DON’T list inspired by Marc and Angel Hack Life, I thought I’d share it with you today…

1. Don’t give up – No matter what life throws on your path, you can rise above it.That you were born is not your fault, but if you fail, it is your fault. This world owe you no apology. Millions have made and you will make it if you don't give up.

2. Don’t be lazy – As cliché as it may sound, the world doesn’t owe you anything, you owe the world something. So stop day dreaming and start DOING.  Develop a backbone, not a wishbone. Replace laziness with determination. Laziness is being unable to find the time you have. Determination is being able to find the time you don’t have. Start being useful.

3. Don’t use people – Using people is a way of being manipulative. It is trying to prove you are smarter or better than others by controlling and using them to suit your own needs or purpose. Stop being manipulative and don’t always try to be right. Realizing this, makes your life easier and helps you in relationships. As a result, I have been steadily detoxing my life of these negative behaviors and people.

4. Don’t put on a mask – One needs to stop beating oneself up when one makes a simple mistake. Realize it’s OK, because we are human! You can’t go your whole life trying to please everyone else. You can’t go through life worried about what everyone else is going to think. Whether it’s your hair, your clothes, what you have to say, how you feel, what you believe, or what you have…people will always have something to say and you can’t just let the judgment of others stop you from being YOU. Because if you do, i think you’re no longer YOU. You’re just someone everyone else wants you to be.

5. Don’t make everything seem like a chore – Life is a privilege; act like it.  Instead of feeling like you “have to” do so much, focus on the fact that we ”get to” do all of these things in our lives.

6. Don’t try to conquer everything in a single leap – Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different?  Remember, the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. So just take one step at a time. Don’t jump!

7. Don’t think about what could have been and don't forget to be grateful – Chances are if it should have been, it wouldn’t have been. So say it out loud:  “There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one so I'm gonna live and be grateful for it.

8. Don’t let stupid little things get to me – This often happens to me but it just have to stop. Stop focusing on how stressed you are and remember how blessed you are. Just do your very best. Appreciate each step, and forget the rest. And remember that good things take time. Stay patient and stay positive. Everything is going to come together, maybe not immediately, but eventually.

9. Don’t try to hold on to everything – Life changes. Everything is not meant to stay.  Remember, giving up and moving on are two very different things.  When things aren’t adding up in your life, it’s time to start subtracting.

10. Don’t just take the default path – Take the road less traveled. Be a voice, not an echo. Speak your truth, even if your voice shakes. Find the courage to bring your ideas and dreams to life.

11. Don’t compare my progress with that of others - We are all on a different path in this life. It’s perfectly OK to be different.

12. Don’t wait for the perfect time – There’s never really a right time for anything in life.  There’s always going to be something in the way, the time of the year, the weather, the money, your mother, your brother, etc. Now is the right time, don’t wait for the perfect time; it doesn’t exist.

13. Don’t neglect my present joys – If you don’t appreciate what you have now, someday you will find yourself close to the end, and thinking, “Why didn’t I learn to treat everything like it was the last time?” In other words, your greatest regret will be how much you focused on the future, at the expense of every present moment of your life. So don’t hesitate too long. Don’t love too late. Don’t expect too much. Don’t appreciate too little.

14. Don’t just take, give! – If you have a lot, give your wealth. If you have a little, give your heart.  Just give what you can. No one has ever become poor by giving.

15. Don’t wait for someone else to do something about it – Take responsibility for your life. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and twice as capable as you have ever imagined. Realize that our lives begin to end the moment we silence and restrain ourselves from addressing the issues that matter. Don’t hide your thoughts and feelings, especially when you can make a difference. Do what needs to be done.

16. Don’t judge before I know – We tend to judge others by their looks and behavior, and ourselves by our intentions and ideals.  Do your best to judge less and love more.

17. Don’t hold on to hate – If you want to forget something or someone, never hate it, or never hate them. Everything and everyone that you hate is engraved in your heart and mind. If you want to let go of something, if you want to free yourself, you cannot hate. You must forgive.

18. Don’t neglect close friendships – I think if I’ve learned a lot about friendship, it’s to hang in, even when it’s inconvenient. Stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted.  Close friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together but that doesn't mean you should hang in there when the other party is unwilling, learn to let go.

Incredibly powerful stuff! Isn't it? Now your turn...What would you add to this list?  What’s one thing YOU need to put on your TO-DON’T list today? Please leave a comment below.

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