The awareness formula
No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.
I'm Still Learning.
Learning is synthesizing seemingly divergent ideas and data.
You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.
The energy of the mind is the essence of life.
There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.
The minute a man ceases to grow, no matter what his years, that minute he begins to be old.
When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.
You can change your life by changing the way you think about yourself and your potential.
In order for man to succeed in life, God provided him with two means, education and physical activity. Not separately, one for the soul and the other for the body, but for the two together. With these two means, man can attain perfection.
Great health can be yours, but you can't buy it, you must earn it.
I do not fix problems. I fix my thinking. Then problems fix themselves.
Stoicism, understood properly, is a cure for a disease. The disease in question is the anxiety, grief, fear, and various other negative emotions that plague humans and prevent them from experiencing a joyful existence.
Life is a continuous exercise in creative problem solving.
Learning without thinking is useless. Thinking without learning is dangerous.
On the assumption that everything in the body is coordinated by the mind, we go about controlling the mind in order to control the immune system, the vital organs, and our general levels of good health.
Exercise may very well be the most effective instant happiness booster of all activities.
People who know better do better.
Do not be impatient with your seemingly slow progress. Do not try to run faster than you presently can. If you are studying, reflecting and trying, you are making progress whether you are aware of it or not. A traveler walking the road in the darkness of night is still going forward. Someday, some way, everything will break open, like the natural unfolding of a rosebud.
There are essentially two things that will make you wise -- the books you read and the people you meet.
Don't go through life, grow through life.
The greatest stock market you can invest in is yourself. Finding this truth is better than finding a gold mine.
If you take care of your brain, your brain will take care of you.
Genes load the gun, and environment pulls the trigger.
The measure of mental health is the disposition to see good everywhere.
Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.
Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
PRETEND YOU ARE DRIVING a car in the middle of a thunderstorm and you happen upon three people on the side of the road. One of them is a frail old woman, who looks on the verge of collapse. Another is a friend who once saved your life. The other is the romantic interest of your dreams, and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet him or her. You have only one other seat in the car. Who do you pick up? There’s a good reason to choose any of the three. The old woman needs help. The friend deserves your payback. And clearly, a happy future with the man or woman of your dreams will have an enormous long-term impact on your life. So, who should you pick? The old woman, of course. Then, give the car keys to your friend, and stay behind with the romantic interest to wait for the bus!
If you combine your thoughts with the thoughts of others, you will come up with thoughts you’ve never had!
Rule: Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field.
The key questions are: Which mental state would be most useful in this situation? And which version of reality would help you get there?
Mindfulness is a habit, it’s something the more one does, the more likely one is to be in that mode with less and less effort…it’s a skill that can be learned. It’s accessing something we already have. Mindfulness isn’t difficult. What’s difficult is to remember to be mindful.
Start copying what you love. Copy copy copy copy. At the end of the copy you will find your self.
Those who are most successful evaluate themselves daily. Daily evaluation is the key to daily success, and daily success is the key to success in life.
The scarce resource is no longer money. It’s human ability.
The scarce resource is no longer money. It’s human ability.
In short, the brain has the power to recruit healthy neurons to perform the function of the damaged ones. Neuroplasticity enables the brain to reassign jobs.
As a result, nature has endowed the human brain with a malleability and flexibility that lets it adapt to the demands of the world it finds itself in. The brain is neither immutable nor static but continuously remodeled by the lives we lead.
... you can modify your Emotional Style to improve your resilience, social intuition, sensitivity to your own internal emotional and physiological states, coping mechanisms, attention, and sense of well-being. The amazing fact is that through mental activity alone we can intentionally change our own brains. Mental activity, ranging from meditation to cognitive-behavior therapy, can alter brain function in specific circuits.
The key to a healthy life is having a healthy mind.
We can change the brain by changing the mind.
Inviting our thoughts and feelings into awareness allows us to learn from them rather than be driven by them.
John Maxwell says a budget (for your money) is telling your money where to go instead of wondering where it went. Managing time is the same; you will either tell your day what to do or you will wonder where it went.
The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep.
The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life. The leading causes of disease and death in developed nations—diseases that are crippling health-care systems, such as heart disease, obesity, dementia, diabetes, and cancer—all have recognized causal links to a lack of sleep.
...our lack of sleep is a slow form of self-euthanasia...
When sleep is abundant, minds flourish. When it is deficient, they don't.
No matter what you eat, how much you exercise, how skinny or young or strong you are, none of it matters if you’re not breathing properly.
Reading, conversation, environment, culture, heroes, mentors, nature – all are lottery tickets for creativity. Scratch away at them and you’ll find out how big a prize you’ve won.
You are never lonely when the mind is engaged.