“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.”
Colin Powell (American Statesman)
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Aristotle (Greek Philosopher)
“Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.”
Vince Lombardi (American Football Player)
Everyone has their own collection of habits.
Bad ones (what you call your vices) that might include biting your nails when you’re nervous, an 8pm soda and chips habit on the couch, or hitting the snooze button 8 times every morning.
And then there are good habits, that you’ve intentionally built into your life to make you better, in an area of your life that you’re focusing on growth in, such as meditating and exercising every day.
The goal, of course, is to have an abundance of good ones and replace the bad ones.
“We can use decision-making to choose the habits we want to form, use willpower to get the habit started, then — and this is the best part — we can allow the extraordinary power of habit to take over. At that point, we’re free from the need to decide and the need to use willpower.”
Gretchen Rubin (Author, The Happiness Project)
“Epic production has less to do with your willpower and more to do with the routines you install. Get those right, and you’ll enjoy exponential results automatically.”
Robin S. Sharma (Leadership Expert/Author, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari)
“Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.”
Benjamin Franklin (American Politician)
Get a grip. Hold it together. Push through. Buck up. Just do it.
And, there are more cliches just like these, all promoting the idea that if you can control yourself and do the things you might not feel like doing, you’ll reach your goal.
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Define your values and align them with who you are.
Stop depending on others for your happiness and success.
Become selective with where you spend your mental energy.
“We only have so much energy for our work, for our relationships, for ourselves. A smart person understands this and guards it carefully. Meanwhile, idiots focus on marginal productivity hacks and gains while they leak out energy each passing day.”
Ryan Holiday (Author, The Obstacle Is The Way)
“We will be more successful in all our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and re-center ourselves. And, we’ll also have a lot more joy in living.”
Thich Nhat Hanh (Buddhist Monk)
“Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.”
Peter Drucker (American Businessman and Author, The Effective Executive)
How many times have you had a crazy-busy day, worked full-out, and reached the end only to realize that as busy as you were, you weren’t necessarily productive?
If you’re part of the majority, you’re nodding your head as you read this.
“Don’t take anything personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.“
Don Miguel Ruiz (Author, The Four Agreements)
“Men take on the nature and the habits and the power of thought of those with whom they associate… there is no hope of success for the person who repels people through a negative personality.”
Napolean Hill (Author, Think and Grow Rich)
“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”
Oscar Wilde (Dramatist)
The first step to being a leader in your career and in your life is to start ignoring other people’s opinions more.