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Rule #10 Have Fun and Enjoy the Ride

The goal in life is to live young, have fun, and arrive at your final destination as late as possible, with a smile on your face. And you know what the final destination I’m talking about is, right? No one can escape it. We’re all going there. But the important thing is how much we enjoy the ride until we get there. After all, we only have one life and one ride.

Too many people stress over too many meaningless things. Their bus is going through life but they are blind to the beauty around them. Think about it. The day you die you will still have 30-40 emails in your in-box that will not be answered. You will never get it all done so you might as well relax, take a deep breath, and enjoy the ride. Don’t be someone who looks back and says I should have done this or that. Live and work like you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Act like a kid on Christmas morning that is always optimistic and excited about the gifts you are receiving. Don’t be too stressed to feel blessed. Just enjoy your ride….

Rule #9 Drive With Purpose

Purpose is the ultimate fuel for the journey through life. When we drive with purpose we don’t get tired or bored and our engines don’t burn out. Every job on the planet, even that of a professional athlete, teacher, administrator, or movie star can get old and mundane if we let it. Purpose keeps it fresh! When you fuel up with purpose you find the excitement in the mundane, the passion in the every day, and the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Rule #8 Love Your Passengers

Love is the answer for the team’s success. Tap the power of your heart and lead with positive, contagious energy! Letting people share their gifts and strengths is real love. And by loving them and by you helping them find their gold they will shine and so will you!

How to love your passengers

  • Make Time for Them
  • Listen to Them
  • Recognize Them
  • Serve Them
  • Bring Out the Best in Them

(How do you love the passengers on your bus?)

Rule #7 Enthusiasm Attracts More Passengers and Energizes Them During the Ride

Chief Energy Officers live and work with enthusiasm. They tap the power of their heart by getting excited about being alive, by filling up with loads of positive energy, and by being optimistic about life and work. They don’t let fear stop them. No, they charge forward with positive and powerful energy and look at challenges as an opportunity to learn, grow, and succeed. (Do you see challenges as an opportunity to learn, grow, and succeed?)

Rule #6 No Energy Vampires on the Bus

It’s not easy to deal with negativity in the world but it’s something that’s got to be done. Your success and life are so important that you must surround yourself with a positive support team. After all there are people who increase your energy and there are people who drain your energy. I call the people who drain your energy Energy Vampires and they will suck the life out of you and your goals and vision if you let them.

Your job is to do your best to eliminate any negativity on your bus and this includes negative people, no matter who they are. You’ve got to be strong enough to tell people that you will not allow any negativity on your bus!

The Ultimate Rule of Positive Energy

Your positive energy and vision MUST be greater than anyone’s and everyone’s negativity. Your certainty must be greater than everyone’s doubt.

 Sometimes you will have an Energy Vampire on your bus like a boss or someone who you can’t kick off. You got to deal with them. That’s why you got to feed the positive dog and why you got to cultivate it every day! One day is not enough. It’s got to be a HABIT.

Rule #5 Don’t Waste Your Energy on Those Who Won’t Get on the Bus

You will always be surrounded by negative people. It’s not these people so to speak. It’s the negativity that they represent. Negativity not only kills productivity it also kills people.

Step back for a moment. Don’t focus on these people personally. Don’t think of it as you versus them. Just realize they represent the negativity that will always be around you. The important thing is to know how to deal with the negativity and what to do with it. “Don’t waste energy on those who don’t get on your bus” Don’t try to make them get on. You can’t drive anyone else’s bus. You can only drive your bus.

Certainly don’t spend your energy being upset that these people didn’t get on your bus. Don’t take it personal. The more energy you spend worrying about the people who didn’t get on your bus, the less you will have for the people who are on your bus.

Rule #4 Invite People on Your Bus and Share Your Vision for the Road Ahead


“There’s nothing better than feeding the positive dog. Remember, you’re driving the bus,” Joy said. “But as you drive you want to keep asking people to get on. Plus, the more people you pick up on the way the more energy you create during the ride. The goal is to eventually have a standing room only bus with positive energy!”


Rule #3 Fuel Your Ride With Positive Energy

Every day when we look at the gas pump of life we have a choice between positive energy and negative energy. Positive energy is high-octane fuel for the ride of your life while negative energy causes sludge to accumulate in your energy pipeline.

But what do I do with the negativity I have?

You let it go. You release it. You throw it out. You transform it. When the work is piled high on your desk, think about how thankful you are to even have a job while so many are unemployed. When school is driving you crazy, think about the fact that you are healthy enough to work. When you are stuck in traffic, be thankful that you can drive a car while so many have to walk miles just to get clean water.

As I told my father a number of years ago when he lost the love of his life-my mother, ‘You had the kind of love for so many years that many spend a lifetime searching for and never find. Let’s be thankful for that.’

“So you’re saying that I need to keep fueling my life with positive energy if I want to be successful?” George asked.

“I’m not saying it”



The E stands for Events in your life

The P stands for Perception

The O stands for Outcome

We can’t control the events in our life but we can control how we perceive them and our perception and response to the events determine our outcome.  There will always be potholes and roadblocks that can block your journey on the road of life. But it’s how we choose to deal with the events in our life that means everything.

Rule #2 Desire, Vision, and Focus Move Your Bus in the Right Direction

“How are my thoughts going to make my work and marriage better?” George asked in a skeptical tone.

“The energy of thought as we discussed, “ Joy answered confidently.

“It’s called the law of attraction!” Marty shouted from the back of the bus.

“Ever wonder why that is? Joy asked rhetorically. Because thoughts are magnetic. What we think about, we attract. What we think about expands and grows. What we put our energy and attention on starts to show up more in our life. And the energy we project through our thoughts is the energy we receive.”

“Do you know those people who all they do is complain? They focus on what they don’t want, don’t like, and don’t have. If you are complaining you can’t be thinking about or creating what you do want. Plus your complaining also ruins everyone else’s ride.

(How do you ensure that the energy you project is positive? How do you keep others from ruining your ride?)