“Work is finding yourself alone at the track when the weather kept everyone else indoors. Work is pushing through the pain and crappy first drafts and prototypes. It is ignoring whatever plaudits others are getting, and more importantly, ignoring whatever plaudits you may be getting. Because there is work to be done. Work doesn’t want to be good. It is made so, despite the headwind.” ~ Ryan Holiday, Ego is the Enemy
“Even if our efforts of attention seem for years to be producing no result, one day a light that is in exact proportion to them will flood the soul.” ~ Simone Weil, via Solitude
“Sure I am that this day we are masters of our fate, that the task which has been set before us is not above our strength; that its pangs and toils are not beyond my endurance. As long as we have faith in our own cause and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be denied us.” ~ Winston Churchill
“I will persist until I succeed. I was not delivered into this world into defeat, nor does failure course in my veins. I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd. I am a lion and I refuse to talk, to walk, to sleep with the sheep. The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny. I will persist until I succeed.” ~ Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World
“Persistence isn’t using the same tactics over and over. That’s just annoying. Persistence is having the same goal over and over.” ~ Seth Godin, Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck?
“One of the strange laws of the contemplative life is that in it you do not sit down and solve problems: you bear with them until they somehow solve themselves. Or until life solves them for you.” ~ Thomas Merton
Borrowing strength builds weakness is a concept that hit close to home with me with the passing of my 104 year old great-grandmother. Her legacy for me was one of complaining less, doing as much as you can on your own, and loving more. She endured more challenges in her life than most ever will and yet never stopped loving with every fiber of her being. Her story and her legacy is one that will forever remain close to my heart. You can read my full reflection on her legacy here.
“Success is processional. It’s the result of a series of small disciplines that lead us into habitual patterns of success that no longer require consistent will or effort.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within
“I believe that life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within
“No one ever achieved a goal by being interested in its achievement. One must be committed. In fact, in studying the source of people’s success, I’ve found that persistence overshadows even talent as the most valued and effective resource in creating and shaping the quality of life. Most people give up a maddening five feet from their goal!” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within
Which Are You? Carrots, Eggs, or Coffee Beans? A Powerful Short Story About Handling Problems in Life.
A young woman went to her grandmother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved a new one arose.
Her grandmother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs and the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word.
In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her granddaughter, she asked, “Tell me what do you see?”
Staying consistent with a lifestyle change or healthy habit over the long run can be very difficult.
How many times have you started a new workout routine that you said you would be 100% committed to no matter what – only to find yourself quitting it a few months later?
…Or jumped on the latest dieting trend and decided you were going to follow it, ‘to the tee‘ so that you could get maximum results?
…Or set a new goal of reading for a half hour every day which never lasted?
Too many to count? Yup, me too. Continue reading
“The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is I’m not afraid to die on a treadmill. I will not be outworked. Period. You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me, you might be sexier than me; you might be all of those things – you got it on me in nine categories. But if we get on the treadmill together, there’s two things: You’re getting off first, or I’m gonna die. It’s really that simple, right? … You’re not going to outwork me.” ~ Will Smith
“What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.” ~ Gretchin Rubin
Whoa! Where did that come from?!
One night, as I was training in my usual Tuesday night Martial Arts class, I noticed that my legs were feeling really good… Like, better than they had ever felt before, good.
Now, with me having trained kicks in the Martial Arts for more than half of my lifetime, the question quickly became – Where did this come from?
I mean, I literally felt like I could spin hook kick a toothpick out of Shaq’s mouth! I was on point. And very curious…
What I soon realized was that it had to be a result of a simple 10 minute routine that I had added into my morning ritual about a month earlier!
It was the only variable and it was so straightforward and simple that I had almost forget that I was doing it altogether.
Here it was: As soon as I woke up in the morning I would do 5 minutes of lower body stretching followed by 5 minutes of slow kicking on both sides.
Boom. That was it. That was the secret to my new-found kicking success!
…And after only a month of doing it, I was kicking with more freedom and range of motion than I was ever able to before. Continue reading