Talk To Yourself
1. The words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels
Schedule Worry Breaks
1. Most of the things we worry about never happen.
2. If we are facing a difficulty, it is easy to spend all our walking hours focusing on it. Instead, I recommended that you schedule fixed times to worry, say, thirty minutes every evening. During this worry session, you may wallow in your problems and brood over your difficulties. But after that period ends, you must train yourself to leave your troubles behind and do something more
Remember, Genius Is 99 Percent Inspiration
1. Thomas Edison: “Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.”
2. Woodrow Wilson: “You are not here to merely make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”
Care for the Temple
1. In a sound body rests a sound mind.” It also made me realize that our bodies need to be treated like temples and considered sacred if we hope to live life fully and completely.
Learn to Be Silent
1. Thoreau : “It is not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is what are you so busy about?”
2. The man had only a limited amount of oil to keep his beacon lit so that passing ships could avoid the rocky shore. One night, a man who lived close by needed to borrow some of this precious commodity to light his home, so the lighthouse keeper gave him some of his own. Another night, a traveler begged for some oil to light his lamp so he could keep on travelling. The lighthouse keeper also compiled with this request and gave him the amount he needed. The next night, the lighthouse keeper was awakened by a mother banging on his door. She prayed for some oil so that she could illuminate her home and feed her family. Again he agreed. Soon all his oil was gone and his beacon went out. Many ships ran aground and many lives were lost because the lighthouse keeper forgot to focus on his priority. He neglected his primary duty and paid a high price. Experiencing solitude, for even a few minutes a day, will keep you centered on your highest life priorities and help you avoid the neglect that pervades the lives of so many of us.
Think About Your Ideal Neighborhood
Normal Vincent Peale, the famed author of “The Power of Positive Thinking”
Henry David Thoreau, the great American philosopher and the author of “Walden”
Og Mandino , self – help author of such classics as “A Better Way to Live” and “University of Success”
Muhammad Ali, the world champion boxer
Leonardo da Vinci
Ben Franklin- guidance on issues involving character
Albert Schweitzer to remind me of the importance of service to others
Bruce Lee for advice on self advice
Viktor Frankl, famed holocaust survivor for guidance about how to deal with adversity.
Get Up Early
Getting up early is a gift you give to yourself. Few disciplines have the power to transform your life as does the habit of early rising. There is something very special about the first few hours of the morning. Time seems to slow down and a deep sense of peace fills the air. Joining the “Five o’ Clock Club” will allow you to start controlling your day rather than letting your day control you. Winning the “Battle of the Bed” and putting “mind over mattress” by rising early will provide you with at least one quiet hour for yourself during the most crucial part of your day: the beginning . If spent wisely, the rest of your day will unfold in a wonderful way.
Read autobiographies of Mahatma Gandhi, Thomas Edison, Nelson Mandela, Ted Turner and Mary Kay Ash.
See Your Troubles as Blessings
1. We learn the most from our most difficult experiences.
2. You would not have the wisdom and knowledge you now possess were it not for the setbacks you have faced, the mistakes you have made and the suffering you have endured. Once and for all, come to realize that pain is a teacher and failure is the highway to success. You cannot learn how to play the guitar without hitting a few wrong notes and you will never learn how to sail if you are not willing to tip the boat over a few times. Begin to see your troubles as blessings, resolve to transform your stumbling blocks into stepping stones and vow to turn your wounds into wisdom.
Spend a Day without A Watch
Take More Risks
1. The real secret to a life of abundance is to stop spending your days searching for security and to start spending your time pursuing opportunity.
Live a Life
Learn from a Good Movie
Bless your money
Focus on the Worthy
Write Thank- You Notes
Always Carry a Book with You
List Your Problems
1. A problem well stated is a problem half solved.
Practice the Action Habit
1. Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it.
2. Most people believe “Knowledge is power”. But Knowledge is not power. Knowledge is only potential power. It transforms itself into actual power the moment you decisively act on it.
3. Thomas Carlyle: “The end of man is an action and not a thought, though it were the noblest.” The smallest of actions is always better than the boldest of intentions.
See Your Children as Gifts
1. If you don’t act on life, life has a habit of acting on you.
2. The greatest gift you can give to your children is the gift of your time.
Enjoy the Path, Not Just the Reward
1. The real value of setting and achieving goals lies not in the rewards you receive but in the person you become as a result of reaching your goals.
Read Tuesdays with Morrie
1. Book name “Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man and Life’s Greatest Lesson.”
2. Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.
3. This beautiful little book will remind you of the importance of counting your blessings daily and having the wisdom to honor life’s simplest pleasures no matter how busy your life becomes.
Master Your Time
Keep Your Cool
1. Aristotle : “Anyone can become angry – that’s easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not easy.”
2. The problem with losing your temper on a daily basis is that it becomes a habit. And like most habits, a time arrives when it becomes second nature. Personal relationships start unraveling, business partnerships begin to fall apart and your credibility decreases as you become known as “a loose cannon.” Effective people are consistent and in many ways, predictable. Tough times call for cool people and they are always cool and calm when the pressure is on. Keeping your cool in a moment of crisis can save you years of pain and anguish. Hurtful words unleashed in a single minute of anger have led to many a broken friendship. Words are like arrows: once released, they are impossible to retrieve. So choose yours with care.
3. An excellent way to control your temper is simply to count to 100 before you respond to someone who has irritated you.
4. The ancient sages would only speak if the words they were about to utter passed three gates. At the first gate , they asked themselves, Are these words truthful? If so, the words could then pass on to the second gate. At the second gate, the sages asked, Are these words necessary? If so, they would then pass on to the third gate, where they would ask, Are these words kind? If so, then only would they leave their lips and be sent out into the world.
Cure Your Monkey Mind
Get Good at Asking
1. “He who asks may be a fool for five minutes. He who doesn’t is a fool for a lifetime.”
2. The person who asks for what he wants at least has a chance of getting what he wants. The person who does not ask has no chance.
3. Read books of Self Esteem expert Jack CanField, Mark Victor Hansen (The Aladdin Factor)
Look for the Higher Meaning of Your Work
1. By concentrating on the value your work adds and the contribution you make, you will see quantum improvements in your satisfaction and motivation levels.
Build a Library of Heroic Books
Alfred Lord Tennyson, Emily Dickinson, john Keats, Leo Tolstoy, Hermann Hesse , Brontes
Letters from a Stoic, Seneca
The Message of a Master , John McDonald
Meditations, Marcus Aurelius
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
University of Success, Og Mandino
The Magic of Believing, Claude Bristol
Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse
Psycho – Cybernetics , Maxwell Maltz
The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, Joseph Murphy
As a Man Thinketh, James Allen
Flow, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Think and Grow Rich, Napolean Hill
Life Is Tremendous, Charlie Tremendous Jones
Develop Your Talents
1. Norman Cousins : “The Tragedy of Life is not death , but what we let die inside of us while we live.
2. The deepest personal defeat suffered by human beings is constituted by the difference between what one was capable of becoming and what one has in fact become.
3. Too many people spend more time focusing on their weaknesses rather than developing their strengths. By concentrating on what they don’t have, they neglect the talents they do have.
Connect with Nature
Use Your Commute Time
Get Serious About Setting Goals
1. Setting clearly defined goals provides you with a framework for smarter choices. If you know precisely where you are going, it becomes far easier to select those activities that will get you there. Writing down your goals clarifies your intentions.
2. The second reason that goal-setting works is that it keeps you alert to opportunities.
3. Third reason goal-setting works is that clearly defined goals commit you to a course of action. They give you the inspiration to act on your priorities and make things happen in your life rather than waiting for opportunities to land in your lap.