Let’s say you’re ready for change. You’re ready to implement new productive habits. Instead of reinventing yourself overnight, pick just one thing that will have the most impact and only focus on this one new habit for a month. Make it even easier than you think you can achieve. If you want to exercise daily, commit to only 10 minutes instead of a half hour or more. If you want to wake up earlier, wake up just 15 minutes earlier, not at sunrise. Do this for an entire month, then choose a new habit to work on next month. This will insure the greatest chance of success without burnout and disappointment. – from “The Power of Less” by Leo Babauta
When the Dalai Lama was a boy in Tibet he used to try to catch mice, not because he wished to kill them, but because he wanted to outsmart them. He says, however, that the mice in Tibet must have been more clever than ordinary mice because he never succeeded in catching one. Instead they became his models of enlightened conduct. He felt that, unlike most of us, they had figured out that the best thing they could do for themselves was to refrain from the short-term pleasure of cheese in order to have the long-term pleasure of living. He encouraged us to follow their example. What cheesy temptations are you nibbling on right before the snap of the trap comes down and suffering begins? – Adapted from the Philosophers Notes of Pema Chodron’s “The Places That Scare You”
“The pain that’s created by avoiding hard work is actually much worse than any pain created from the actual work itself. Because if you don’t begin to work on those ideas that God has blessed you with, they will become stagnant inside of you and eventually begin to eat away at you. You might seem OK on the outside, but inside you will be ill from not getting those ideas out of your heart and into the world. Stalling leads to sickness. But taking steps, even baby steps, always leads to success.” – Russell Simmons
There are actually two kinds of habits: “doing” habits and “not-doing” habits. Everything you are “not doing” right now, you are in the habit of not doing. The only way to change these not-doing habits into doing habits is to do them. Reading will assist you, but it’s a whole different world when you go from reading to doing. If you are truly serious about success, prove it, and do the actions. – T. Harv Eker from “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind”
“When you make it a strong habit not to take anything personally, you avoid many upsets in your life. Your anger, jealousy, and envy will disappear, and even your sadness will simply disappear if you don’t take things personally.”
~ Don Miguel Ruiz from “The Four Agreements”
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