37 Principles For An Amazing Life. Part-1

37 Principles For An Amazing Life.

I thought I would share 37 principles that I have learnt and taught over the years that have made a significant difference in mine and other peoples’ lives…

1. Get up every day and be grateful for what you have. Focusing on what you don’t have is an energy sucker. Start from a place of gratitude and you will be more motivated and achieve more.

2. Spend time getting in touch with what is truly important to you. Our values shape and drive us. Stop living someone else’s life and live your own.
3. Success is defined by you. Only you know what will make you happy, make you content and satisfy you. Take time to define your success.

4. Use visualisation. Proper use of visualisation techniques for goal setting, future pacing, practising and rehearsal is paramount for success.
5. Talk positively to yourself. Stop beating yourself up verbally and be your own best success coach. Silence your inner critic and embrace the cheerleader within.

6. See other peoples’ perspectives. People do things for a reason. Work out what it is. You will find it easier to connect with friends, family, colleagues, staff…

7. Save money at the start of every month. Money is a poor motivator. Many people do things for money. That is not the path to happiness. Focus on creating a financial cushion so that you have more choices and are less focused on making a quick buck.

8. Lose the technology. Give 100% attention to people. Turn of the darn tech and focus on really connecting with those around you.

9. Listen.

10. Seek to understand what people are really saying and stop translating it into your language and your model of the world. Take a trip to theirs.

11. Do one thing at a time. Really. It’s liberating.

12. Get fit. It’s important. Really important. Eat well, sleep well, exercise well. Move. Every day.

Written By Gavin Ingham http://www.gaviningham.com
Cartoons and video by yours truly Richard Duszczak

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Part 2 to follow shortly!

Let’s enjoy life and squeeze as much out of every hour that we can possibly extract.

Take an orange and squeeze every last drop out of it. Your life is just like that succulent fruit and should be treated with the same intensity. Squeeze every last drop out of each day. Don’t let one hour pass you by without saying, ‘Hello hour’. Once a minute is lost you will never see her again. Even a second cannot pass you by without a hint of sadness that our little friend will never reappear in your life. Life is to be lived to the fullest. It is to be enjoyed. It is to be hugged. It is to be kissed. So precious is time that you must never pass a moment without drawing the juice of life from its very being.

squeezing time, cartoon of a guy squeezing time from a clock, cartoon motivational memo, dog saying 'You have plenty of time on your hands!'

You’re Destined For Success! Yes You!

You're destined for success - Wina cartoon character pointing at reader, Are you someone who clings on for dear life? Making one more call? motivational cartoon

You’re destined for success! I know it, because otherwise why would you be here?

There’s loads of posts and cartoons here to encourage you on the road to success. Enjoy!

Don’t judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes!

ConfuSID cartoon character sat next to 1970's platform soled shoes. "Don't judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes!" Then ConfuSID says "But probably not those I wore in the 70's!"

Don’t give up too soon!

Remember – Don’t give up too soon!

If the gold or diamonds are buried 10 feet down or across, they’ll dig furiously for 2 or 3 feet. Some might carry on half-heartedly until they reach 9 feet. Then all but a few will move on. They’ll go dig another hole, when they were inches away from striking it rich.   So my tip for today: keep at it! Plug away, and never let people forget about you.

don't give up too soon. motivational cartoon about quitting too soon, miner is walking away from treasures/diamonds etc that are only feet away, as he's had enough

Whatever you’ve set your heart on – Don’t give up too soon!

Determination – even cats have it!(In bucket loads!)

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

It reminds me of my cat….it has determination

cartoon of a cat with determination and it's claws stuck in an armchair cushion. Owner says "This is my armchair!" Cat replies "OK, but I'm taking this cushion with me!

Positive thought for the day – Don’t look back with regrets!

Positive thought for the day cartoon…

I came across quite a funny quote this week and thought I’d share it with you…”An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn’t happen today. ”
It was written by Evan Esar – a very funny man!

positive thought for the day cartoon - cartoon s cartoon character holding up a big mug of tea with the word 'Optimist' across it. He's saying cheers.

Let me know if you like this ‘positive thought for the day‘ cartoon feature and I’ll draw up some more!

Are You a WINNER – well you can be with a caricature!

Personalised caricatures from photos.

I can create personalised caricatures from your photos to whatever you wish.(Within reason!) I don’t tend to pull people to pieces but add the humour into the background detail. This one was created for a 50th birthday present and printed out onto a quality canvas and presented at the party.

personalised caricatures from a photos - guy at a racecourse winning a load of money on the horses. Pound notes floating around everywhere. Guy holding a pint of beer sloshing it about as he leaps with joy of winning, horses in background running on track. The caricature is titled 'THE WINNER' and also has a caption underneath it '“It’s not the taking part that counts - it’s the WINNING!”

Email Richard or give him a call to discuss your needs. Send me a photo or two of the person or people you’d like a caricature of. A nice close up shot with a big smile creates better results.

Personalised caricatures –  let me know of their interests and hobbies and I’ll include them in the picture.

To quit doing good, in order to pursue what’s best, is not quitting at all!

‘To quit doing that which is good, in order to pursue that which is best, is not quitting at all.’

I can’t find the word ‘quit’ in my ‘success’ dictionary. However, if I discover that something is not working effectively in my life, and after I’m convinced that the roadblock is secure, I’m never afraid to discard it. Then it’s time to swiftly pick up the baton that will carry me on to victory. In this day and age of incredible change we must remain fluid, ever ready to move and ever flexible. Our principles and life goals must remain solidly planted in rock, yet the road we travel on, to fulfil these and reach them, is to be set in sand. Don’t hang on to ‘good’ if ‘best’ is knocking at your door.

not quitting cartoon motivator, motivational cartoon of a guy in his car with his dog coming up to a STOP road sign. Another sign says 'Absolutely NO way through!' Guy in car is saying "The other side of STOP is GO!"


‘Cartoon Motivational Memo’ book extract ‘Helping You To Smile Your Way To Success!’ © Peter Sinclair, 2003

I illustrated Peter’s book and would be happy to have a look at your book idea and give you a competitive quote for illustrating it.

Work Smarter – Not Harder!

Sorry for not posting for a couple of weeks – what with my daughters wedding and then going away on holiday I got bogged down trying to clear up everything before I went. This got me thinking, I could do with some help….

work smarter - not harder. cartoon of a guy sat with his feet up on a desk. He's built a robot to do his work for him. Robot is waving it's arms about full of finished work

P.S. – I really enjoy connecting with the people on blog (you!). So if you have any questions, comments, any themed cartoons you’d like to see or just want to say hi, just send a message!