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
“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
“Every minute you spend in planning will save you as many as ten minutes in execution.”
Abraham Lincoln said that if he had 6 hours to chop down a tree, he’s spend 4 of ‘em sharpening his ax.
“We cannot solve life’s problems except by solving them. We cannot solve a problem by saying ‘it’s not my problem’. We cannot solve a problem by hoping someone else will solve it. I can only solve a problem when I say “This is my problem and its up to me to solve it!.” – Dr. Scott Peck from “The Road Less Traveled” (one of my favorite books of all time)
“All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: Act as if it were impossible to fail. That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right-about-face which turns us from failure towards success.” Dorothea Brande from Wake Up and Live