12 Pieces of advice for a younger me

If there is anything I've learned throughout the years, it's that one of the major contributors in living a healthy and joyful life is how we choose to approach the world EVERYDAY. The good news is, we all have control over this. How we choose to approach each day shapes the lens we see things through, which sets off a series of thoughts, decisions, and actions that become us. For better, or worse.

These are wisdom nuggets I jotted down a few years ago, after thinking about what advice I would give a younger Dean. I hope you find one or two of them useful.

  1. It's okay to be excited, angry, sad...emotion is part of being human. Feel it - embrace it - release it & move on.
  2. There's always a better way. Be curious and try new ways of doing things. You won't be disappointed.
  3. Keep things in perspective. What we are upset about today will most likely mean absolutely nothing ten years from now.
  4. We are in control of everything and nothing at the same time. Make good decisions- try your best and leave the rest.
  5. It should never be about being right, getting it right is much more important.
  6. We are all much more capable than we think we are. In fact, we are only as capable as we think we are.
  7. Always be present, and enjoy every moment.
  8. The stories we tell do matter. What stories are you telling yourself? What stories are you telling others?
  9. Don't take anything personally. Things are usually more about the other person than they are about you.
  10. Every day is a day to learn, grow, laugh and love.
  11. Your neighbor is just as special as you think you are special.
  12. Always try your best.

What is your favorite piece of advice? What wisdom nuggets would you give a younger you?