“I have a tendency to sabotage relationships; I have a tendency to sabotage everything. Fear of success, fear of failure, fear of being afraid. Useless, good-for-nothing thoughts.”
Michael Bublé (Canadian Singer/Actor)
“Leaders who are kind of insecure or egocentric, they basically sabotage themselves.”
John C. Maxwell (American Author, The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership)
“Most of the shadows of life are caused by standing in our own sunshine.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson (American Poet)
No matter who you are or what goals you have, your biggest obstacle in life is you.
You are your own worst enemy.
You are your biggest critic.
Part of this is because our brains are wired to value negative information twelve times more than positive information.
That’s right, negative information is stored in your long-term memory bank almost immediately, while positive information has to be held in your awareness for up to twelve seconds to be remembered long-term.
This is called negativity bias, and it affects all us.
It causes us to hold on to, ruminate on,... Read More
“There are two kinds of power you have to fight. The first is the money, and that’s just our system. The other is the people close around you, knowing when to accept their criticism, knowing when to say no.”
Martin Scorsese (American Director)
“Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.”
Napoleon Hill (American Author)
“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”
Maya Angelou (American Poet)
What’s the biggest obstacle in your life?
You are the biggest obstacle.
What’s the second biggest obstacle in your life?
That’s right — beyond yourself, the biggest obstacle between you and achieving your biggest dreams is other people.
Specifically, negative people.
Or, as I like to call them collectively, dream-killers.
All varieties of toxic influence in the masked form of people that appear to be on your side.
“We despise and abhor the bully, the brawler, the oppressor, whether in private or public life, but we despise no less the coward and the voluptuary. No man is worth calling a man who will not fight rather than submit to infamy or see those that are dear to him suffer wrong.”
Theodore Roosevelt (American President)
“He was just a coward and that was the worst luck any many could have.”
Ernest Hemingway (American Novelist, For Whom The Bell Tolls)
“Cowards die many times before their actual deaths.”
Julius Caesar (Roman Leader)
I remember the day I looked in the mirror and saw a coward.
I was working for a large company and things were going well, financially.
I was part of a team and spent most of my days in meetings and answering emails.
Things were easy.
I was unsatisfied, but any restlessness I felt was buried under a mountain of triple caramel lattes, afternoon martinis, happy hours, and endless pats on the back for doing a “good job”.
Greatness had become a distant memory.
I was sooooooo cozy.
I remember washing my hands in the office bathroom one day and looking up... Read More