158 Little (one line) Life Tips That Will Make Your Life Awesome

Posted by on January 19, 2017 in Conscious Living, Thrive with 0 Comments

By Connor Neill | Lifehack

It is 43 years since I was born, 25 since I finished school and 12 since I graduated with my MBA. I have started 4 companies and had some great ups, and some deep downs. These are the reflections that I keep with me so that I can keep on moving forward when times are tough.


I have written in my journal every day since I was 14 years old.  This post is a summary of the positive personal habits that came from a review of all those 29 years of journaling.

158 Personal Habits to become the best version of yourself:

This is a collection of phrases that keeps me focussed on what is important. I wrote this list out on a Sunday afternoon at my home dining table. It is taken from 29 years of daily writing in my journals.

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There are seven categories:


  1. Dealing with People
  2. Take Disciplined Action
  3. Accept Reality as it is
  4. Make Progress towards Results
  5. Stay Healthy
  6. Living with Purpose
  7. Personal Growth

1. Dealing with People

  1. You will not change them. Let it go.
  2. Who will cry at your funeral?
  3. Never miss a moment to encourage someone.
  4. You will become who you spend the most time with.
  5. Communication is measured by what is understood, not how well it is articulated.
  6. It takes two to fight.
  7. Confrontation may be necessary.
  8. Other people can handle more than you think. Be careful with white lies.
  9. Real listening is hard. It requires 100% attention.
  10. There is no such thing as a “self-made man.” Be grateful.
  11. Ask more questions.
  12. The one asking the questions is in control. Are you asking the questions?
  13. Remain curious. The 4th “why?” often gets the real reason.
  14. Learn to attract and use mentors and advisors.
  15. Build networks before you need them.
  16. Get really, really good at concisely presenting your ideas.
  17. Learn to sell.
  18. Aggression begets aggression.
  19. Surround yourself with people strong enough to change your mind.
  20. If you don’t “do politics” others will “do you”.
  21. Learn to differentiate skeptics (good for you) from cynics (bad for you).
  22. In the end, people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.
  23. Build lifelong friendships.
  24. Be kind to your mum.
  25. Hire well, manage little.
  26. Spend time with people who want you to succeed. Some “friends” don’t want you to grow or change.
  27. Nobody will ever tell you that you made them laugh too much.
  28. What is your label?

2. Take Disciplined Action

  1. Change is painful. Growth requires change. No pain, no gain.
  2. Every day changes less. Change that.
  3. Incremental change always wins.
  4. Perfect is the enemy of good. Good is the enemy of great.
  5. The best indicator of mastery of big things is mastery of small things. Master the small things.
  6. Do not wish it were easier. Wish you were better.
  7. Get a coach.
  8. Learn to ask for advice and help.
  9. In the Olympics, nobody wins both marathon and 100m sprints. Focus.
  10. Routine sets you free.
  11. Get good at motivating yourself.
  12. Knowing what to do and not doing it is the same as not knowing what to do.
  13. The most dangerous place is in your safety zone.
  14. “I will try” is never enough. Remove “try”.
  15. If you want to be a writer: write; A singer: sing; A teacher: teach.
  16. Kindness and hard work will take you further than intelligence.
  17. If you never act, you will never know for sure.
  18. Delayed gratification is necessary.
  19. We must all suffer from one of the two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret

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3. Accept Reality as it is

  1. If a problem has no solution, it is not a problem. It is a fact.
  2. Bad things do sometimes happen to good people.
  3. Perfectionism messes you up.
  4. Make allowances for incompetence.
  5. Pain is guaranteed. Suffering is optional.
  6. Very, very little is truly under your control.
  7. The past is gone except in your head. Learn to forget.
  8. Ignore the little things.
  9. No one cares about it as you do.
  10. Stop any negative comments about people not in the room. You are not helping them and are likely positioning yourself in the victim role.
  11. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
  12. If it rains, it rains. There is nothing you can do except put up an umbrella.

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