Daily Grind

“Every time you sit down to work, remind yourself: I am delaying gratification by doing this.  I am passing the marshmallow test.  I am earning what my ambition burns for.  I am making an investment in myself instead of in my ego.  Give yourself a little credit for this choice, but not so much, because you’ve got to get back to the task at hand: practicing, working, improving.” ~ Ryan Holiday, Ego is the Enemy

 

“Most men make the error of thinking that one day it will be done.  They think, ‘If I can work enough, then one day I could rest.’ Or, ‘One day my woman will understand something and then she will stop complaining.’ Or, ‘I’m only doing this now so that one day I can do what I really want with my life.’  The masculine error is to think that eventually things will be different in some fundamental way.  They won’t.  It never ends.  As long as life continues, the creative challenge is to tussle, play, and make love with the present moment while giving your unique gift.” ~ David Deida, The Way of the Superior Man

 

“When I was teaching basketball, I urged my players to try their hardest to improve on that very day, to make that practice a masterpiece.  Too often we get distracted by what is outside our control.  You can’t do anything about yesterday.  The door to the past has been shut and the key thrown away. You can do nothing about tomorrow.  It is yet to come.  However, tomorrow is in large part determined by what you do today.  So make today a masterpiece…  This rule is even more important in life than in basketball.  You have to apply yourself each day to become a little better.  By applying yourself to the task of becoming a little better each and every day over a period of time, you will become a lot better.  Only then will you be able to approach being the best you can be.” ~ John Wooden