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See Be Do in Your Life

I started my SEE BE DO adventure several years ago, first with the simple idea of SEEBEDO or see it , be it, do it. As part of the project I created an ongoing list of sees and bes and dos as guidelines for how to live a better life. The list could probably go on and on but I stopped at about sixty because that’s two months worth of seeing, being and doing if you only calculate one a day. The principles of SEEBEDO can be applied to every part of your life. I try to apply all of them to mine, but life has a tendency to get in the way so I keep the list posted and pick out one or two things each day to focus on. It works for me. I hope maybe some of these ideas might touch you as well.

Seek love.
Seek knowledge.
Seek truth.
Seek peace.
Seek joy.
See yourself and love yourself for you you are.
See that you are special and that you have unique gifts and talents.
See who you were, who you are, and who you want to be.
See all the things you have to be grateful for, small and large.
See how what you say and do affects yourself and others.
See the beauty and good in yourself and others.
See others with compassion and without judgement.
See how you can enrich your own life and the lives of others.
See your dreams and goals clearly and set the path to realize them.
See that you alone are responsible for who you are and what you do, you are the captain of your fate.
See all you can be.
Be positive.
Be mindful.
Be thoughtful.
Be aware.
Be grateful.
Be helpful and giving.
Be forgiving.
Be strong.
Be bold.
Be brave.
Be a leader.
Be happy for the success of others as well as your own.
Be committed to yourself.
Be true to yourself, your values, and dreams.
Be strong in your beliefs.
Be at peace with yourself and others.
Be self-disciplined.
Be consistent.
Be enthusiastic.
Believe in yourself and help others believe in themselves.
Believe in your dreams.
Believe that the universe is on your side.
Believe that you have the right to happiness, success, and wealth
Believe that you can achieve whatever you want to achieve in your life.
Do what you want to do with your life.
Do lead your life on purpose.
Do take responsibility for yourself.
Do celebrate life.
Do not give into worry and fear.
Do set goals.
Do take action to achieve your goals.
Do take risks.
Do develop and nurture good relationships.
Do work hard to achieve your goals and realize your dreams.
Do get the training and education you need to do what you want to do.
Do things for others.
Do things you enjoy.
Do what it takes to stay healthy and strong.
Do something nice for someone else each day.
Do something nice for yourself each day.
Do not be afraid to ask for help.
Do not be afraid to fail.
Do not let the past dictate your future.
Do not give up.

See the best, be the best, do the best in all you do.
See it! Be it! Do it!
Make a commitment, here and now.


Famous Failures – Inspiration for Success

Excerpt from the book SEEBEDO- See it! Be it! Do it!.

Failure is not the opposite of success; it is part of success.  You only fail if you do not try.  If you try and fail, you will be in the company of some of the most successful people in history.

Winston Churchill lost every election for public office until he finally won and became Prime Minister of the UK.  Churchill, one of the most respected leaders of the 20th Century, had this advice:

Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.

Abraham Lincoln failed at business, politics, and in the military until he was elected President.  Henry Ford’s early businesses left him broke five times before he founded Ford.  R.H. Macy started seven failed businesses before starting Macy’s.  Soichiro Honda was turned down for a job at Toyota and was unemployed before he started making scooters at home.  Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard, failed in his first business and failed with his first Sony product, a rice cooker that burned rice.  Harland Sanders’ chicken recipe was rejected by more than 1,000 restaurants before it was sold and he became the face of KFC.  Walt Disney was fired for lacking imagination.  Albert Einstein was thought to be handicapped and slow as a child.  Socrates was called an immoral corruptor of youth.  Thomas Edison’s teachers told him he was too stupid to learn anything and he made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb.

Oprah Winfrey was fired because she was “unfit for TV”.  Harry Truman went bankrupt in his own business.  Jerry Seinfeld was booed off the stage in his first performance.  MGM noted that Fred Astaire couldn’t act or sing, and that he could dance a little.   Sidney Poitier was told at his first audition, “Why don’t you stop wasting people’s time and go out and become a dishwasher or something?”.   Charlie Chaplin’s act was originally rejected by Hollywood as impossible to sell.  Lucille Ball was regarded as a failed actress and B movie star.  Harrison Ford was told he didn’t have what it takes to be a star.  Marilyn Monroe was advised by modeling agencies to consider a career as a secretary.

Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting in his life.  Theodor  Seuss Giesel’s first book, To Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street, was rejected by 27 publishers.  Steven Spielberg was rejected by the USC School of Theater, Film and Television three times and did not complete his BA until he went back to school in 2002.  Stephen King’s first book, Carrie, received 30 rejections before he was published.  J.K. Rowling was on welfare and battling depression and is now one of the richest women in the world because of Harry Potter.  Jack London received 600 rejection slips for his first story and Louisa May Alcott’s family wanted her to work as a servant.

Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, fired Elvis Presley after just one performance telling him, “You ain’t goin’ nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin’ a truck.”   Beethoven’s teachers thought he would amount to nothing.  Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.  Babe Ruth held the world record for strikeouts.  Tom Landry holds the record for career wins as a football coach but had one of the worst first seasons on record.

“I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong”

— Benjamin Franklin

Important things to remember when you do fail at something:

  • Never give up; giving up in the face of failure will definitely insure failure in reaching your long-term goal.
  • Never take no for an answer.
  • Do not be afraid to fail on your way, but never accept failure when trying to reach your goal.
  • Review why  you failed.  Do not make the same mistake twice.

The key to success is working toward your goal, not losing sight of it and not giving into defeat or failures along the way.  If you truly believe in yourself and in your goal, you will most likely fail along the way, if you are not failing a little bit; you are not stretching yourself enough.  Embrace your failures as important steps on your way to success.


Unold Yourself – Act Young, Feel Young, Be Young – 16 Easy Ways to Feel Younger

I happened to be logging in to a site and the captcha was “unold” – not a word, right? But it made me laugh, I got to thinking about ways to “unold” myself. I am not even going to research this one as I have plenty of ideas about how to feel younger, look younger, and essentially, not get caught in the trap of “I am too old for that”. You can “unold” yourself, I have. There are a few things to remember – you are only as old as you feel, youth is wasted on the young, and wrinkles are not wrinkles, they are experience lines. …

The 13 Step Success Program

I have been saying “See Be Do!” since 2010, when I first started on one of my many journeys to finding happiness. There are a lot of ways you can implement see be do into your life buy I created this short list to summarize it. I have since stumbled on many different ways to implement the principles of See Be Do into life, but it all comes back to the basics as does everything in life.

12 Steps to Achieving Your Vision and Attaining Success

  1. See health, prosperity and happiness in all and communicate positively.
  2. See how special you are and that you have unique gifts to give the world.
  3. Be happy for the success of others as well as your own.
  4. Be positive and optimistic always in word and deed.
  5. Be strong in your beliefs so that nothing disturbs your peace of mind.
  6. Believe in yourself and help your friends and colleagues believe in themselves.
  7. Believe that the universe is on your side.
  8. Believe that you have the right to happiness, success, and wealth, that it is your God-given right to achieve whatever you want to achieve in your life.
  9. Do all you can to improve yourself, to celebrate life and to enjoy the journey with your vision always in mind.
  10. Do forgive and forget past mistakes and see a future that is full of promise and achievement.
  11. Do not give into worry and fear.
  12. See the best, be the best, do the best in all you do.


The 13th Step and perhaps the most important step is to make a commitment, no “maybes” or “ laters”, no half-measures. As with everything in life, to really see results  you first have to commit, say yes, and …you guessed it.   See it, be it, do it!  SEEBEDO!

10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Attitude

We all need an attitude adjustment now and then – sometimes it may be as easy as changing your perspective or simply doing something fun but there are some very easy ways to change your attitude that can be incorporated into your daily routines.  Here is a list of ten easy things to do to have a more positive attitude on a daily basis. [su_quote cite=”Winston Churchill”]Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.[/su_quote] …

Stop Negative Thinking With Eight Steps

How do you stop yourself from negative thinking?  Is it possible to change negative thoughts into positive thoughts?  Can you actually stop making negative statements either to yourself or others?  It is possible to stop the habit of negative thinking but it takes work.  Using the Eight Steps to Stop Negative Thinking, you can do it.  It is easy to beat yourself up, sometimes it becomes a habit, a reflex, getting up in the morning, looking in the mirror, saying something negative to yourself. Perhaps you feel guilty about something, inadequate in some way, perhaps you feel insecure in the way others feel about you.  Negative thoughts and emotions are often rooted in the past and very much ingrained, but they can and do come up on a daily basis based on situations we are confronted with. …

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