“To simplify your life, zero-based thinking is one of the most powerful strategies you can learn and apply on a regular basis. Here’s how it works. Ask yourself, ‘Is there anything I am doing right now that, knowing what I now know, I wouldn’t get into again if I were starting over today?’”
“If your answer is ‘yes,’ then your next question is, ‘How do I get out of this situation, and how fast?’” from Focal Point by Brian Tracy
“The acorn becomes an oak by means of automatic growth; no commitment is necessary. The kitten similarly becomes a cat on the basis of instinct. Nature and being are identical in creatures like them. But a man or woman becomes fully human only by his or her choices and his or her commitment to them. People attain worth and dignity by the multitude of decisions they make from day by day. These decisions require courage.”
~ Rollo May from The Courage to Create
If it’s something you really want to do, you’ll find a way. If it’s not, you’ll find an excuse.
One day, twin boys went off with their grandfather on an outing. They walked through the woods until they came upon an old barn. When the boys and their grandfather stepped inside to explore, one of the boys immediately started complaining: ‘Grampa, let’s get out of here. The old barn stinks like horse manure.’ The boy stood near the door, angry because he now had manure on his new shoes. Before the old man could respond he saw his other grandson running happily through the barn’s many stalls. ‘What are you looking for?’ he asked the second little boy. ‘Why are you so happy?’ The boy looked up and said, ‘With all that horse manure in here there must be a pony somewhere.’” The Moral: always search and find the gift in your pain.
“If thou art pained by any external thing, it is not this thing which disturbs thee, but thy own judgment about it. And it is in thy power to wipe out this judgment now. But if anything in thy own disposition gives thee pain, who hinders thee from correcting thy opinion?” — PHILOSOPHY OF THE AGES