Updated: Dec 8, 2020
There is nothing wrong with you.
There is no one better at being you than YOU.
You’re already brilliant as you are.
When you realise there is nothing wrong with you – you’ll also realise there’s nothing to perfect.
What I if told you
You read the first line wrong?
Sometimes you need to just look at life from a different perspective.
Sometimes your beliefs stop you from seeing things in a way that is helpful.
Imagine it is your 100th birthday.
All of your family have gathered together.
Your great, great, great, great granddaughter is going to say a few words about you.
What would she say?
What would you want her to say?
How could you make it come true?
Social distancing can also be applied to social media.
Distance yourself from negative people who constantly complain and display irrational outrage.
Curate what you consume.
When you feel thoughts running away and creating imaginary futures you don’t like.
Ground yourself by asking 3 questions:
What’s the worst that could happen?
What’s the best that could happen?
= What’s the most likely that will happen?
Read something. Anything.
Whatever your preference – education, fact or fiction – getting in lost in thousands of words that someone else has taken the time to construct can be magical.
Books are like sweets for your mind.
Be MAD today.
Be grateful for what you have – not what you haven’t.
When you focus on what you lack you lose focus on what you have.
Attitude is a choice.
We all know the right choice to make.
Sometimes we just forget.
Try not to forget.
Every day is a new opportunity to:
Say yes to the things in your life that are important.
Say no to the things that aren’t.
Decide now to grow.
Tiny changes bring remarkable results.
A 1% improvement every day for a year aggregates to you being 37 times better off by the end of the year.
Take a small step today.
You can be the most positive person your family meets today.
When the world is in a difficult place.
Like it is now.
Think carefully about what goes into your mind.
Extend conversations that make you feel good.
End ones that make you feel bad.
There is probably someone who feels more anxious, scared and worried than you do.
Help them to feel better.
It will help you to feel better.
Success is a series of good, small decisions consistently made over a sustained period of time.
You can reach success every day by consistently being slightly better than the day before.
The power of compounding is amazing.
You’re stuck with yourself forever.
So you might as well be stuck with a version of you who you love, respect and care about.
How to get more done and procrastinate less.
Turn off the Internet.
Momentum builds motivation.
Track how many days in a row you exercise for, read for, meditate for…
When you miss a day, start the count again and rebuild the momentum.
“Never miss twice.” -James Clear
If you want to grow, it will take effort.
You can’t “believe” yourself to success.
Profound growth comes from:
It takes hard work – but knowing what to work hard on is a big part of the process.
Your attitude is your superpower.
It’s free, within your control and when used positively is the gift that keeps on giving.
Stack a desired habit on to an existing habit.
Two minutes of exercise whilst the kettle boils.
Read for five minutes straight after brushing your teeth in the evening.
Write three points of gratitude straight before getting into bed.
You are only where you are right now.
Might as well try to make the most of it.
“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
You are only one thought away from a completely different experience of life.
Get enough sleep.
Things to do during the day that help:
No bright lights before bed
When you are kind you might not remember it.
The other person may never forget it.
The standard you walk past is the standard you accept.
When others around you are being negative, your silence is the sound of acceptance.
It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, or what you can do.
Other people will never care that you know, until they know that you care.
The way you talk to yourself is the programme running the software of your life.
You can talk yourself into achieving something as quickly as you can talk yourself out of it.
A brilliant life won’t happen by accident.
If you want a brilliant life with brilliant outcomes, you have to work for it.
It costs effort and energy.
But it’s worth it.
You deserve to feel happy.
Even on the days when you think you don’t.
Effort is important.
But without strategy you will get nowhere.
In short: What you don’t focus on is as important as what you do focus on.
The things you want and the things worth working for are hardly ever in your comfort zone.
The end of one thing can also be the start of another.
Don’t forget that.
What sort of person do you want to be?
Why do you want to be that person?
How will you prove it to yourself every day?
It’s too easy to say thank you. There is a difference between saying thank you and being thankful.
Gratitude is the quality of being thankful.
When you say thank you, it is something you do.
When you feel thankful, it is something you are.
Perfection is not a good goal.
Because it doesn’t exist.
The profound feeling of realising everyone, including complete strangers, has a life with just as many (and often more) problems than your own, which they are constantly living despite not telling you about it or you being aware of it.
There are two types of ideas.
The ones you have.
The ones you do something about.
Only the second one can change anything.
Something I’ve recently learned.
Asking “What’s the rush?” is a pretty good prescription for life.
You might not remember being kind to someone.
They might never forget it.
Stop trying to be perfect.
The flaws, rough edges, and cracks make us interesting and unique.
No need to be perfect.
Be a conscious consumer of information.
Especially news, social media and gossip.
Have control in a world of abundance.
There are better days in the future.
One of them might be tomorrow.
If the news bothers you.
Choose not to watch it.
If you want to improve yourself and be happier.
It takes one small step at a time.
Being 1% better tomorrow than today is hardly noticeable.
But after a year.
You’ll be 37 times better than when you started.
Tarzan can’t hold on to the vine in front and vine behind at the same time.
You’re like Tarzan.
To move forward you have to let go of what’s holding you back.
Sometimes to grow, you have to let go.
The problem in your thoughts is usually much bigger than the problem in real life.
Life isn’t Top Trumps.
It’s not about being better than anyone else.
Did you know?
You don’t have to be good at something for it to be good for you.
The ‘stuff’ you have won’t make you any happier.
Your attention is a currency.
Choose wisely how you spend it.
What is the smallest thing in your life you take for granted?
Show gratitude towards it today.
Things worth doing are usually not easy.
Embrace the challenge.
Savour the reward.
If you think you can’t.
Putting out someone else’s light won’t make your flame burn any brighter.
Ask yourself what you stand for.
Then what you stand against.
Live your values. Don’t laminate them.
If you had friend who spoke to you the way you speak to yourself – would you be friends with them?
Don’t hold onto a mistake just because you spent a long time making it.
Problems are never solved by people who only want to complain about them.
The standard you walk past is the standard you accept.
Did you get up this morning to ordinary or extraordinary?
Did you even realise you had a choice?
To thrive rather than just survive, try to engage in active rest by getting into a flow state at least once a day.
Every day to
Sometimes, in some cases, things really do need to get worse before they get better.
When the worst happens – just remember – it isn’t permanent.
Your ability to inspire the minds in front of you is your greatest superpower.
How not to be happy.
Stay indoors all day.
If you always try and be perfect then you will never finish anything or get anything done.
Times are tough.
But so are you.
If you want peace.
If you want dissatisfaction.
Being positive can be hard.
But without positivity – life can be harder.
The feeling of pride for what you have achieved should always be greater than the feeling of worry for what you haven’t achieved.
Appreciate without expectation or comparison.
Extinguishing the light of someone else won’t make your light burn any brighter.
Life isn’t a competition.
You don’t earn points for beating or beating others.
You earn respect by being yourself.
Not by being the person others want you to be.
“They can be a great people, Kal-El; they wish to be.
They only lack the light to show the way.
For this reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them you…
my only son.”
Be the light.
Running faster makes no difference if you’re going in the wrong direction.
There is no one better at being you than YOU.
There are seven and a half billion types of normal in the world.
Why would you want to be like everyone else?
Remember to breathe.
Action is the enemy of procrastination.
Which side will you take?
The future is forged one moment at a time.
The present moment is all you have.
Win the moment now and forge the future you want.
1% better is all you need.
Two planes take off from the same point.
One has a course difference of 1 degree.
By the time they circumnavigate the world they will be 500 miles apart.
When you think what you’ve always thought.
You’ll feel what you’ve always felt.
Listen without defence.
Respond without offence.
On your own you are a small ripple.
All of us together is an unstoppable wave.
Keep being a ripple.
It’s worth it.
Choose less over more.
People will always:
Just carry on being amazing anyway!
The world is a small town.
Nobody sees the world in quite the same way you do.
It is what makes you special.
It is what makes you stand out.
The killer of focus.
Endless tasks vs endless distractions.
With you caught in the middle.
Intentionally choose where to direct your attention.
Change your environment.
Change your default.
Forge a new path.
“You have to find your own rainbow to follow.
There is no gold at the end of somebody else’s rainbow.”
You’re not perfect.
Why would you want to be?
Perfect isn’t interesting.
It isn’t exciting.
“Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.”
If you want to live an amazing life.
No one will live it for you.
No one will gift it to you.
It’s all on you.
Shaped by the daily choices you make.
Focus your attention.
Make your choices.
Improve daily by 1%.
See you on the other side.