I like this page on the eight fold path.
Warning: Rampant idealism ahead!
Instead of just regurgitating the nice stuff said in the link above I am going sum up what each step means to me with as few words as I can, without going to deep into each one,. Besides I have done this before here: Slow Zen: Asura Dharma: The Four noble Truths (again). Below is just the thoughts that come up when I think about these steps in the path at the moment, your opinion may very.
1. View: I strive to see things as they are, interconnected and impermanent.
2. Intention: I intend to be of service to others.
3. *Communication: I think right speech is a bit narrow, so I like the term communication better. My rule of thumb for communicating is: Everything I say to someone else I am also saying to myself. See also:
Slow Zen: Asura Dharma: Be nice to each other! And be sincere!
Slow Zen: Asura Dharma: Kind Speech
Slow Zen: Asura Dharma: Love Words
4. *Action: This follows the same line as I wrote for communication, If I do something for or to someone it also affects me.
* These two, action and communication, are the hardest for me to follow in practice. I have harped on them in the past because of this.
5. Livelihood: To me service to others is the highest calling, and I view my current vocation as such. It has not always been the case. Aside: when I first joined the Marine Corps circa 1990 I really was a cliché; when the first Gulf War was on and I wanted to be the first kid on my block with a confirmed kill ala Full Metel jacket. As fate or karma or whatever would have it; I missed that war.
6. Effort: Thankfully, the Marine Corps has blessed me with the gift of self discipline.
Strangely the way to develop self discipline is through self discipline. So I suppose I am kind of lucky in this aspect. If I make up my mind to make an effort, I do. The making up my mind in the first place is sometimes a challenge though.
7. Cognition: (Staying away from that mindfulness word.) To me cognition is about how I choose to deal with sensory input.
8. Concentration: The core of my practice really. ZaZen, SuiZen, dish washing Zen, Taking care of the kids Zen, Wii bowling Zen.
I would enjoy other peoples thought doodles on this subject; to compare notes and whatnot.
With deference to all,