Topics : How To Focus
“By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination.”
Christopher Columbus (Italian Explorer)
“One way to boost our willpower and focus is to manage our distractions instead of letting them manage us.”
Daniel Goleman (Author, ) Emotional Intelligence
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”
Jim Rohn (American Businessman)
Your focus is like a fire.
At least mine is.
Sometimes it rages out of control.
It gets blown by the wind here and there until it’s ravaging the open plains of my brain.
Sure, I’ll eventually get control of my focus again.
But then I have to deal with all the ash — the ash of distraction.
Your focus is special to you.
It’s distinct and specific, just like your own personality.
It’s also strong and easily spread, like a fire.
And like fire, it can become wild and destructive if left unchecked.
Topics : Emotional Intelligence
“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”
Groucho Marx (American Comedian)
“Simply put, you believe that things or people make you unhappy, but this is not accurate. You make yourself unhappy.”
Wayne Dyer (American Psychologist)
“Happiness depends on ourselves.”
Aristotle (Greek Philosopher)
Constantly feeling obligated to make other people happy is incredibly destructive.
(I know this because I used to be a chronic approval seeker.)
Obligation and a feeling of indebtedness is an automatic veto on your needs, your rights, and your goals.
You forfeit your autonomy and,
ultimately your success, for someone else.
And for what?
Some promise of promotion?
A more secure relationship?
Avoidance of personal or professional conflict, in general?
These are weak excuses.
This is victim land.
No one makes yo...
Topics : Negative People
“If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?”
William Shakespeare (English Playwright)
“The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.”
Marcus Aurelius (Roman Emperor)
“It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love.”
Voltaire (French Philosopher, Writer)
I hate getting dumped.
I really hate breaking up with someone.
Whether it’s a romantic relationship, a friendship that has gone sour, or a working relationship that doesn’t work anymore.
Ending it is hard.
When someone else does the ending, no matter how much I agree with them, I still feel a twinge of anger.
Or maybe it’s jealousy.
Either way, my first instinct is to get back at the other person by lashing out.
This is my brain’s way of balancing my emotions.
I feel a negative emotion so my brain thinks that making someone else feel a negative emotion will result in a clean slate.
The easiest way for my brain to accomplish this is by targeting the person who made me feel the nega...
Topics : Negative People
“I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others.”
Thomas Jefferson (American Founding Father)
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”
Abraham Lincoln (16th President Of The United States)
“Power tends to corrupt. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
Lord Acton (19th-Century British Historian)
I was at a large sales meeting a few years ago and one of the division managers walked up to me and said…
“I’m going to need you to tone it down for the rest of the night.”
He said it to me like I was running around the room naked, doing cartwheels.
(I wasn’t, by the way.)
That’s what I felt.
Even though I hadn’t done anything wrong.
What really annoyed me was that he said it to me like I was 8 years old.
He said it to me like I was some kind of grotesque, unprofessional monster.
In reality, I was just laughing and having a good time.
But it was my first week at the company and I was still getting to know everyone, including this manager, so I nodd...
Topics : Start A Business
“Storytelling is the game. It’s what we all do. It’s why Nike is Nike, it’s why Apple is Apple, it’s why Walt Disney built Disney World, and it’s why Vince McMahon makes a billion dollars.”
Gary Vaynerchuk (Entrepreneur)
“People have forgotten how to tell a story. Stories don’t have a middle or an end any more. They usually have a beginning that never stops beginning.”
Steven Spielberg (Movie Director)
“You’re never going to kill storytelling, because it’s built into the human plan. We come with it.”
Margaret Atwood (Canadian Novelist)
When I first started speaking in front of people, I would get extremely nervous.
15 minutes before going on stage, my heart would begin to pound in my chest.
Thump. Thump. Thump.
10 minutes before, I would start to sweat and get light-headed from breathing irregularly.
Sometimes, I would have to go to the bathroom and do jumping jacks or wall pushups.
This would help me stop consciously thinking about each breath and give me an outlet for all of my nervous energy.
(It did nothing to help ...