Guest Post

GUEST POST : Vivek Toshniwal

Don’t sweat the Small Stuff.

  1. Simple ways to keep the little things from taking over your life!
  2. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.
  3. Make Peace with Imperfection.
  4. Let Go of the idea that gentle, relaxed people can’t be Super Achievers.
  5. Be aware of the Snowball Effect of your Thoughts.
  6. Develop your Compassion.
  7. Remind yourself that when you die, your ‘in-basket’ won’t be empty.
  8. Don’t Interrupt others or Finish their sentences.
  9. Do something Nice for someone else – and don’t Tell anyone about it.
  10. Let others have the Glory.
  11. Learn to live in the Present moment.
  12. Imagine that everyone is Enlightened except You.
  13. Let others be ‘Right’ most of the time.
  14. Become more Patient.
  15. Create ‘Patience Practice Periods’.
  16. Be the first one to act Loving or reach out.
  17. Ask yourself the question, “Will this matter a year from now?”
  18. Surrender to the fact that Life is not Fair.
  19. Allow yourself to be Bored.
  20. Lower your Tolerance to Stress.
  21. Once a week, write a Heartfelt Letter.
  22. Imagine yourself at your own Funeral.
  23. Repeat to yourself, “Life is not an Emergency!”
  24. Experiment with your Back Burner.
  25. Spend a moment everyday thinking of Something to Thank for and Someone to Thank to.
  26. Smile at Strangers, look into their eyes, and say, “Hello!”
  27. Set aside Quiet time, Every Day.
  28. Imagine the people in your life as Tiny Infants and One Hundred-Year-Old Adults.
  29. Seek First to Understand.
  30. Become a better Listener.
  31. Choose your battles Wisely.
  32. Become aware of your Moods, and don’t allow yourself to be fooled by the low ones.
  33. Life is a Test. It’s only a test!
  34. Praise and Blame are all the Same.
  35. Practice random acts of Kindness.
  36. Look beyond Behaviour.
  37. See the Innocence.
  38. Choose being Kind over being Right.
  39. Tell 3 people (today) how much you Love them!
  40. Practice Humility.
  41. When in doubt about whose Turn it is to take out the trash, go ahead and take it out.
  42. Avoid Weather Proofing.
  43. Spend a moment every day, thinking of Someone to Love.
  44. Become an Anthropologist.
  45. Understand separate Realities.
  46. Develop your own helping rituals.
  47. Every day tell at least one person something you admire or appreciate about them.
  48. Argue your own limitations, and they are yours.
  49. Remember that everything has God’s fingerprints on it.
  50. Resist the urge to criticize.
  51. Write down your five most stubborn positions and see If you can soften them.
  52. Just for fun, agree with criticism directed towards you (then watch it go away).
  53. Search for the Grain of Truth in others’ opinions.
  54. See the glass as already broken (and everything else, too).
  55. Understand the statement – “Wherever you go, there you Are!”
  56. Breathe before you speak.
  57. Be grateful when you are feeling good and graceful when you are feeling bad.
  58. Become a less aggressive driver.
  59. Relax!
  60. Adopt a child through the mail.
  61. Turn your Melodrama into a Mellow-Drama!
  62. Read articles and books with entirely different points of view from your own and try to learn something.
  63. Do one thing at a time – avoid multi-tasking.
  64. Count to Ten.
  65. Practice being in the ‘Eye of the Storm’.
  66. Be flexible with changes in your plans.
  67. Think of what you have instead of what you want.
  68. Practice ignoring your Negative thoughts.
  69. Be willing to learn from friends and family.
  70. Be Happy where you Are!
  71. Remember that you become what you practice most.
  72. Quiet the Mind.
  73. Take up Yoga or any form of exercise.
  74. Make service an integral part of your life.
  75. Do a favour and don’t ask for, or expect, one in return.
  76. Think of your problems as potential teachers.
  77. Get comfortable not knowing!
  78. Acknowledge the totality of your being!
  79. Cut yourself some slack.
  80. Stop blaming others.
  81. Become an early riser.
  82. When trying to be helpful, focus on little things.
  83. Lighten up!
  84. Nurture a plant.



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