11- Even the Most Confident People Fake it Sometimes. Hard to believe ain't it? I was recently told my self confidence level was around 200% at resting levels. I'd say it's closer to 125%, but thanks. There are some days I don't have it together, but I pretend I do until it comes together, it's never failed me.
12- Thought Creates Fear, Action Cures It. This one is a winner. I used to be afraid of the dark when I was a kid. Terrified. I didn't get over that fear by keeping the lights on. I got over that fear by walking into those dark rooms over and over again. We all like certainty, and choosing a course that might cause us to fail usually creates the fear that stops us. But each step in an action plan gets easier and you remove the mystery. Action creates confidence.
13- Don't Live With Regret. Regret nothing. Even when you made a completely wrong decision. Finish each day and be done with it. Make each decision and be done with it. If you need to alter things later as you go, do it.
You're more likely to regret things you don't do, but I still give credence to what those things are. My friends decide they want to go Bungee Jumping and invite me along. I'm not interested. Jumping off a high object and then being sprung back up on a big rubber band is not my idea of fun. On the flip side, I've sky-dived and it was fun. Zip Line? Count me in. I don't care if they all go and have the time of their lives and I don't regret that I wasn't part of it.
14- What We Do Matters More than What We Say. Politicians talk a great game, Winston Churchill made some great speeches, but it was the actions he took that made him a great leader helping England get through World War II.
15- Tip Your Mailman. Every Christmas I give my mailman $40-- that's less than a buck a week for my mail delivery. It pays off in that he goes well above and beyond any mail issues I might have. He makes sure I get a certified letter rather than just drop off the slip. Plus, he's a really good mailman.