Mizzou’s Ten Commandments of Attitude

Aldon SmithAttitude is essential to how you not only feel, but also to how you will ultimately perform—self-prophesizing.

The Mizzou Tigers have a set of Ten Commandments used to keep players’ attitudes positive. Each is essential to create a mindset that makes goals into reality.

They are:

1. It is attitude, not aptitude that governs altitude

2. The purpose of existence is not to make a living but to make a life.

3. A negative thought is a down payment on an obligation to fail.

4. You will seldom experience regret for anything you’ve done. It’s what you don’t do that will torment you.

5. Complaining is the refuge of those who have no self-reliance.

6. The ultimate cost of something is the amount of life that you will exchange for it.

7. Anything a man’s mind can conceive and believe, he can achieve.

8. A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but it’s also more useful than a life spent doing nothing.

9. The worst bankruptcy is the person who has lost enthusiasm.

10. Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Now, that’s a code to live by.

It’s easy enough to agree about these things, but to do them is a different story. Nonetheless, like commandment seven says, if you can believe in yourself, you can do it.

Self-prophecy is a powerful tool, and successful people do not fall into success by accident.

Naturally,  we connect success with contentment. When we are pushing to be the best we can be, we should flock to what is going to make us the happiest. However, it is far too common for us to become dependent on our success for happiness that we entirely forget what contentment is altogether.

There are a few things to remember when it comes to being happy. It is important to free your heart from hatred to avoid seeking revenge. Revenge can motivate us, but if achieved, what have we left to keep pushing toward?

Next, it is important to free the mind from worries. Worries only hold us back, and they use mental energy needed to perform the task. We spend enough time as it is worrying about things. Let that worry go to find the energy your work needs and deserves.

It is important to live simply, too. Live within your means, and keep your life as uncomplicated as possible. This will help you avoid the horrid worrying.

It is important that we give more of ourselves everyday. Not only to benefit us, but also to benefit others. You get out of life exactly what you put into it.

Lastly, it is important to remember to not expect too much of ourselves. Set realistic goals, keep them high, and you will not have any regrets. It’s not the things you do that you regret, but it’s what you never tried.