The following are in no particular order as I have just transcribed them out of a rough notebook where I scribble such things as I come across them.
“Choose not to be harmed and you won’t feel harmed. Don’t feel harmed and you haven’t been.”
We are in control of our thoughts and feelings. If am angry or hurt then that is a choice I have made. If I don’t like that choice or it isn’t helpful for me I should make another one.
“A good person dyes events with his own colour, and turns whatever happens to his benefit.”
Make the most of every situation, there is always an opportunity, look for it. Practice reframing and it becomes natural.
“We must all either wear out or rust out, every one of us. My choice is to wear out.”
Action inspires action. Stay in Motion. Finish the day weary and glad for sleep.
“There is no such thing as failure, only feedback.”
Be Antifragile, I cannot fail so should be prepared to take more risks, expose myself to lower odds situations, I can either win or learn. Both are valuable.
“My formula for greatness in a human being is amor fati: that one wants nothing to be different, not forward, not backward, not in all eternity. Not merely bear what is necessary, still less conceal it, but love it.”
I control far less in life that I would like to think so love everything that happens, it is all part of life’s experience. The situation will unfold regardless of whether I am happy or miserable about it. Make the choice to enjoy everything.
“Nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
It is not the situation but my own thinking that determines my mood. I can choose what is most beneficial regardless of what is happening around me.
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing, the last of human freedoms, to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances. When we are no longer able to change a situation we are challenged to change ourselves.”
No matter how tough or seemingly desperate things get I still have control over my attitude, exercise that control. Tough situations breed tough people. Value the opportunity.
“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines practiced every day.”
Find a system for success and do it daily. If I want to be good at something I need to do it daily. Simplify actions down to their basic components, dispel the mystery of difficult tasks and get to action.
“The best way to multiply productivity is not to do more but to do less on better activities.”
Work smarter not harder. Do the thing I don’t want to do first. Take time to organise my efforts.
“You can’t go through life expecting pats on the back for shit you’re supposed to do.”
Never feel entitled to anything. Just because I worked hard it doesn’t give me the right to any special treatment. A human’s job is to work hard, it’s a given, never feel like I deserve something. Keep working until I get it.
“Wealth consists not in having great possessions but in having few wants.”
What do I actually need in life? Will a few shiny things actually make me happy or will that come through effort and achievement? Remember the hedonic treadmill. Simplify possessions, identify the difference between wants and needs.
“If you want to be a lion you must train with lions.”
Never be the smartest person in the room. To improve I have to fail. Expose myself to situations where that is more likely. Seek out the people you want to be better than and spend time with them. Be aware of negative influences, cut out shit talk and shit tv.
“He is most powerful who has power over himself”
If I can control my mind then my happiness and satisfaction is within my control. Success in life is controlling your mind as then happiness is available regardless of the external circumstances.
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
If I don’t use it regularly or love it then I don’t need it. Simplify, simplify, simplify.
“There is only one thing that I dread – not to be worthy of my sufferings.”
You can bear the bad times as a good person or a bad person. Choose to be a good one.
I hope the above have given you some food for thought and you’ve maybe decided to scribble some notes down for yourself. If you have any particular favourites that you refer to regularly please share them below or via social.