Born as Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., Muhammad Ali was an American professional boxer. He was the greatest during his time. The most significant sports personality and the greatest boxer of all time. To get a glimpse of what he was, here are Muhammad Ali quotes that we all can learn from today.
“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. His hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see. Now you see me, now you don’t. George thinks he will, but I know he won’t.”
“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it—then I can achieve it.”
“Braggin’ is when a person says something and can’t do it. I do what I say.”
“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.”
“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.”
“I’m so mean, I make medicine sick.”
“I should be a postage stamp. That’s the only way I’ll ever get licked.”
“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
“A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”
“Go to College, Stay in school, If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.”
“I shook up the world. Me! Whee!”
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’ ”
“At home I am a nice guy: but I don’t want the world to know. Humble people, I’ve found, don’t get very far.”
“A man who has no imagination has no wings.”
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“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”
“He’s (Sonny Liston) too ugly to be the world champ. The world champ should be pretty like me!”
“I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I’m in a world of my own.”
“I’ve wrestled with alligators. I’ve tussled with a whale. I done handcuffed lightning. And throw thunder in jail.”
“Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.”
“It’s not bragging if you can back it up.”
“I’m the most recognized and loved man that ever lived cuz there weren’t no satellites when Jesus and Moses were around, so people far away in the villages didn’t know about them.”
“It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.”
“I’m not the greatest, I’m the double greatest.”
“Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right.”
“I don’t count my sit-ups; I only start counting when it starts hurting because they’re the only ones that count.”
“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses—behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.”
“It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.”
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“Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.”
“I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.”
“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them—a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”
“There are no pleasures in a fight, but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win.”
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“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it—then I can achieve it.”
“To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If not pretend you are.”
“What you are thinking is what you are becoming.”
“What keeps me going is goals.”
“Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.”
“Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer.”
“It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”
“Life is a gamble. You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents; people die every day. Same with fighters: some die, some get hurt, some go on. You just don’t let yourself believe it will happen to you. ”
“My toughest fight was with my first wife.”
“My way of joking is to tell the truth. That’s the funniest joke in the world.”
“No one knows what to say in the loser’s locker room.”
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Muhammad Ali Quotes
“Don’t count the days; make the days count.”
“Old age is just a record of one’s whole life.”
“Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do – they all contain truths.”
“I never thought of losing, but now that it’ s happened, the only thing is to do it right. That’s my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.”
“I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world.”
“You’re my opposer when I want freedom; You’re my opposer when I want justice; You’re my opposer when I want equality; You won’t even stand up for me in America for my religious beliefs and you want me to go somewhere and fight, but you won’t even stand up for me here at home!”
“I don’t get hit. I’m the fastest thing on two feet man!”
“I don’t care how small the ring is, I’ll fight that chump in a telephone booth.”
“My conscience won’t let me go shoot my brother or some darker people or some poor hungry people in the mud for big powerful America.”
“To be able to give away riches is mandatory if you wish to possess them. This is the only way that you will be truly rich.”
“Look at me. Look at my nose, perfect shape; lips, face. Now I’m not boasting, but it’s hard to be humble when you’re as pretty as I am.”
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“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”
“Friendship is a priceless gift that cannot be bought nor sold, but its value is far greater than a mountain made of gold.”
“I am a Muslim and there is nothing Islamic about killing innocent people in Paris, San Bernardino, or anywhere else in the world.”
“All I can do is fight for truth and justice. I can’t save anybody. He’s a science fiction character, and I’m a real character.”
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“Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go ten thousand miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights? So I’ll go to jail, so what? We’ve been in jail for 400 years.”
“I said I was ‘The Greatest,’ I never said I was the smartest!”
“Wisdom is knowing when you can’t be wise.”
“I wanted to use my fame and this face that everyone knows so well to help uplift and inspire people around the world.”
“When it comes to love, compassion, and other feelings of the heart, I am rich.”
“It’s in my blood to be around people while I was training.”
“I am an ordinary man who worked hard to develop the talent I was given. I believed in myself, and I believe in the goodness of others.”
“We spend more time learning how to make a living than we do learning to make a life.”
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“It’s hard to be humble when you’re as great as I am.”
“All through my life, I have been tested. My will has been tested, my courage has been tested, my strength has been tested. Now my patience and endurance are being tested.”
“I don’t trust anyone who’s nice to me but rude to the waiter. Because they would treat me the same way if I were in that position.”
“My wealth is in my knowledge of self, love, and spirituality.”
“I’ve made my share of mistakes along the way, but if I have changed even one life for the better, I haven’t lived in vain.”
“A rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he’ll never crow. I have seen the light and I’m crowing.”
“When you want to talk about who made me, you talk to me. Who made me is ME.”
Muhammad Ali Famous Quotes
“I’m young; I’m handsome; I’m fast. I can’t possibly be beat.”
“The only thing that matters is submitting to the will of God.”
“Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.”
“Inside of a ring or out, ain’t nothing wrong with going down. It’s staying down that’s wrong.”
“If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.”
“The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.’
“I’m a fighter. I believe in the eye-for-an-eye business. I’m no cheek turner. I got no respect for a man who won’t hit back. You kill my dog, you better hide your cat.”
“You lose nothing when fighting for a cause … In my mind the losers are those who don’t have a cause they care about.”
“I am America. I am the part you won’t recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me.”
“I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace.”
“Others may know pleasure, but pleasure is not happiness. It has no more importance than a shadow following a man.”
“We can’t be brave without fear.”
“I Ain’t Got No Quarrel With The VietCong…No VietCong Ever Called Me Nigger.”
“I try not to speak about all the charities and people I help, because I believe we can only be truly generous when we expect nothing in return.”
Be guided by these Muhammad Ali quotes…
“If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize.”
“Superman don’t need no seat belt.”
“Allah is the Greatest. I’m just the greatest boxer.”
“The greatest victory in life is to rise above the material things that we once valued most.”
“I’ll beat him so bad he’ll need a shoehorn to put his hat on.”
“There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people.”
“Put yourself out on a limb, sucka, like me!”
“Even when I knew people were cheating me, what was important was how I behaved, because I have to answer to God. I can’t be responsible for other people’s actions: They will have to answer to God themselves.”
“Now I had won the gold medal. But it didn’t mean anything, because I didn’t have the right color skin.”
“I’ve never let anyone talk me into not believing in myself.”
“I could see it. I could almost feel it. When I proclaimed that I was the greatest of all time, I believed in myself, and I still do.”
“The day I met Islam, I found a power within myself that no man could destroy or take away from me.”
“Each time I thought I had achieved my life’s purpose, I discovered it was only another step in my journey.”
“Think well of all, be patient with all, and try to find the good in all.”
“The critics only made me work harder.”
“It takes pride and a tiger’s drive to build up the confidence, the ego, the power to defeat an opponent in the ring.”
“If all the oceans were ink and all the trees were pens, they couldn’t write the knowledge that God has.”
“A universe of doubt could never erase, The faith his heart has embraced. No.”
If you’re feeling weak, find strength in these Muhammad Ali quotes. These come from the greatest man in history. Make these Muhammad Ali quotes be an inspiration every day.
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5 Natural ways to relax and get centered.Yes, there are plenty of ways you can de-stress, unwind, enjoy time with your self and get centered. Getting centered, it sounds a little offbeat to those of you who don’t meditate or practice other self-awareness rituals. Maybe the word mindfulness is better. Either way, hear me out.
We all have a busy and hectic life, throw in kids and it gets even crazier. So how do you destress? I know you have a girls night or even guys night out to unwind and blow off steam. Aren’t their ways to do this without the potential use of alcohol and a hangover? The next morning is never any fun.
No need to be wary this doesn’t require guru knowledge on meditation, yoga just open-mindedness. Being centered merely means being at peace with who you are, in every moment. Stillness and quiet are what that means for me. To thine own self be true.
These five things will help you to de-stress and allow you to exhale. The key is to be in the moment and let your feelings, energy and mind flow in all of these exercises.
First, let’s discuss journaling. Yes, we are going back to the “dear diary” days but a more grown-up version. Pick out a journal or notebook, whatever you like. You may ask “what do I write once I open the notebook (love that movie BTW, the book was even better)?”
To start, looking at a blank page can be intimidating if you’ve never journaled before. The first thing I like to do is start by writing the date at the top of the page. On days you have a lot of feelings to get out just start writing. You’re not getting graded on these entries so don’t worry about how to properly get started and use correct punctuation and grammar. Just let yourself flow.
Start with “I feel…” and go from there. The entries can be short or long. I’ve written pages upon pages before and then only a single page other times. Really allow yourself to be in the moment and let your emotions flow. Something happens during this process that is therapeutic. You’re able to self reflect and analyze a situation better, step back and see things differently. Read how to do automatic writing or journaling here.
You can do this at the end of my day, or when the mood strikes you. I believe getting emotions out and not holding them in helps to heal your spirit. At the very least, it helps you to be calm and learn about yourself.
So pick up a pen and notebook and start de-stressing. Journaling is for your personal use only. No one ever has to read it or see it, unless you want them to. Over the years I’ve used many different kinds of journals. I’m currently using this moleskin journal. I love the feel of the paper and smooth writing.
Walking in Nature
Nature is an all-encompassing cure for feeding the soul. A simple walk in nature can alleviate stress, calm you down through exercise, and feed your soul. Listening to birds chirping, wind rustling through the leaves of tall pine trees, water gently waving in the lake as the reflection of the sun bounces off the water.
That my friend is relaxing and total de-stresses the best of us. Nature almost forces you to be still and quiet. Listen to the sounds around you and lookup. Oh my gosh, the joy of just looking up! We don’t take the time to just look up and observe.
Look at the trees swaying in the wind, geese flying over information, clouds moving pass. Do this and take a breathe and exhale. The simple things we don’t pay attention to because we look down, at our devices. Busy rushing through from one stop to the next.
Take that walk in the park, listen to the sounds, and breathe. Breathe and walk with intention. It’s more of a stroll rather than a timed fast walk. Try not to have your headphones in the entire time. It’s tempting, and some days I do it myself. Or I listen to audible but nonetheless I’m still observing nature and taking it in. If you live in a busy loud city then turn on calming music.
Taking the time to do this a couple of times of a week or more, if you can, helps bring you back to being centered. Quiet on the inside to where you can hear your true self. Not the restless chatter that you hear all day. Give yourself a break and take a walk.
There are so many different types of meditation from mindfulness, transcendental, guided, sound and the list goes on and on. I’ve tried a lot of these, read about it here, to see if there was one that worked best for me or that I connected to most.
As I mention throughout my blog, no two people are the same therefore no two people will meditate or do anything for that matter the same. We will all have different experiences with meditation. Trying different types will help you not only learn what you like but also allow you to practice meditation itself.
I have found that mindfulness of breath meditation is best for me. It is bringing awareness to your breath. I prefer to be in a quiet room where I will not be interrupted, hard to find these days with 2 little shadows. Don’t be surprised if you catch me in the closet trying to get some meditation time in, just sayin’ do whatcha gotta do.
You can use an eye mask, to make it dark, I find this helps me to relax and focus. You’ll have to try again and again before you learn to really quiet the mind.
This is a learning process so please keep on the path and don’t give up. Start with a few minutes at a time and build up from there. You’ll notice over time you can meditate a little longer each time, and it becomes easier to get into that state.
Everyone should practice yoga, at least once. You have to try it to know if you like it. My yoga journey started around 16 years ago or more. I will admit that I haven’t done it continuously during those 16 years. There were some years that I didn’t practice at all. Other times I would attend a yoga class 4-5 times a week. Currently, I practice yoga in my bedroom with my favorite yoga youtube channels.
Just like meditation, there are many types of yoga styles. As a result, I’ve tried many of them and learned which ones I like best. You do the same.
Yoga has many physical benefits such as increased flexibility, muscle strengthening, lower blood pressure, reduce stress and the list goes on. As far as de-stressing, well this helps with that too.
You don’t even have to leave your own home to try, especially if classes aren’t your thing. With that yoga classes have a different environment than other “gym” type classes. Everyone is focused on themselves and their own practice. There isn’t that feeling of everyone is watching me.
The flow of the poses is very soothing once you learn the salutations or sequences. That word mindfulness comes in again. It’s hard to not be during yoga. You become very focused on your pose and breathe that this, in turn, becomes its own meditation. It never ceases to amaze me how quiet the mind gets when you are practicing yoga. It’s almost effortless.
5–Hydroxytryptophan (5–HTP) is an amino acid that your body already produces. It’s derived from an African plant known as Griffonia simplicifolia. It helps to increase the serotonin levels in your body thus boosting your mood. Allowing you to be more mindful and less stressed and preoccupied.
It’s a natural supplement that offers numerous benefits including a calming effect. To learn more about 5-HTP as a natural stress reliever read the article that goes into more depth.
There you have it 5 natural ways to relax and take a moment for your self. Self-care is a buzz word that we’re hearing everywhere right now. Don’t think its not for you or you don’t have time. Making time will only improve your daily life and mental health.
Being mindful during any of these activities will bring you to a more relaxed state and bring you into alignment. Find what works best for you and continue to develop your own self-care routine.
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Determination is all about you. It’s about making choices and taking action that helps you get the life you want. It’s about making decisions based on what you feel is right and staying the course, no matter what happens or what other people say. Having determination is important for living a life that you want to live.
That’s why these determination quotes are so important. They help you keep your resolve to stay determined and build a strategy that helps make it easier. Following are 9 important quotes about determination that you may want to use.
“Courage is waking up every day with hope and determination in an unpredictable world.” – Wasanga Mehana
Life is unpredictable. Your day is unpredictable. And that can be scary to a lot of people.
This is one of those quotes about determination that remind you that life is a day by day thing, and all you need to do is muster up the right attitude in order to face your day. It reminds you that you must maintain hope and keep working towards your dreams, no matter what is going on in the world today.
So, if you wake up and you are met with bad news or your day doesn’t go as planned, remember this quote. Remember that with hope and determination you can muster up the courage to keep doing what you need to do.
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2. Imagination And Determination Equal Accomplishments
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“We can accomplish far more than we give ourselves credit for. It just takes imagination plus determination.” – Ari Sytner
Your imagination is NOT a place of unrealistic dreams. It’s a place to come up with ideas that will move you forward towards your dreams. It’s also a place to come up with the dreams and goals you want to achieve based on what you have experienced and what you want to experience in the future.
When you combine your imagination with determination, you start to accomplish things you never thought you would accomplish.
The trick is to stop saying ‘I wish’ and start valuing your imagination as a practical tool for helping you see the options and potential you have in life – because that’s what it is, a valuable tool.
When you view your imagination as something that helps you see real possibilities, you will start to gain the determination to go after all those amazing things that it can come up with.
3. Focus And Determination Equals Change
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“With focus and determination, you can change it all.” – Brendon Burchard
If you want to be happier in life, then change is necessary. You probably already value change if you are looking for quotes about determination. You likely want to find the resolve to stay determined enough to make changes.
But, part of staying determined is understanding exactly how important change is and holding that belief in your mind.
So remember that the key to getting the life you want is change. And the keys to change, whether you like it or not, are determination and focus. When you can stay focused and determined on whatever you have set out for yourself, change will follow.
4. People Won’t Always Understand Your Determination
“They’ll never know the love, determination, tears or sacrifices you’ve made for your dream.” – June James
Determination is a personal thing. Use it for yourself. Don’t stay determined just to show other people how determined you are. They don’t care as much as you think they do! They are more concerned with themselves than they are you.
If you are desperate for others to see your determination, they won’t see your determination, they will just see your desperation and view it is a weakness. When that happens, you will lose your determination and your life will suffer for it. So don’t try to show it off. Feel it, let it drive you to become better, and don’t worry about whether other people see it or not.
5. What Counteracts Determination?
“I know people with passion, determination, visions, talent – but that hate and envy keeps them from prospering.” – Gill Graff
Besides worrying about what other people think, hate and envy will cause you to lose determination. In fact, it can even cause you to waste your determination.
Determination requires your energy. If you are busy hating things about other people or feeling resentful towards other people and what they have or are accomplishing, you are taking away your focus from determination and you are going to make your progress very hard.
Instead of feeling hate and envy towards others, stay focused on your dreams and goals. Let other people live the life they want, and recognize that your feelings towards them does nothing to them but everything to you. You will suffer the consequences of taking your eyes off your life and staring at others for too long.
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6. Is Determination Really A Good Quality To Have?
“Your failure does not define you, your determination does.” – Lolly Daskal
Determination is probably one of the best qualities you can have. Why? Because failure is a part of life, and if you don’t have determination, you will let failure impact your health, happiness, and success.
Nobody escapes failure in life. If you try to accomplish something new, there is a good chance you will experience some failure towards finding success. With determination, you will pick yourself up and keep going and you will find new ways towards your success. Without it, you will give up and settle in where you are, and you will not achieve what you want to achieve.
Determination is good for other people too. If you are determined, you can help coach other people towards their success or impact their lives positively through your determination and success. Especially if you are a role model for children who haven’t experienced a lot of failure yet and need to see that it’s not as big as an obstacle as some people make it out to be.
With your lead, they will understand that failure is a hurdle but not a dead end, and determination (combined with awareness, hope, and focus) is what keeps you moving forward through it.
7. Kids Need To Grow Up Understanding How Important Determination Is
“In addition to reading, writing & arithmetic, the best teachers teach children about determination, resilience & compassion.” – Prince Harry
If you are an adult, and you had a teacher or role model who taught you about determination, then you are lucky. Many of us were taught more about giving up in the face of struggle than making our way through it, and because of that, we are more inclined to give up and take the easy route than maintain our determination when things get hard.
But, as adults, we have an obligation to teach the younger generation differently. As Prince Harry says, teaching determination, resilience, and compassion are just as important as teaching the core courses in school. It helps kids understand that life can be hard, but they need to maintain a level of compassion and understanding towards others and themselves as they keep moving forward.
Imagine how amazing the next generation will be if they all have these traits? Imagine what they will be able to do!
8. The Only Way To Get Unstuck
“Merely “pushing” yourself won’t do it; putting yourself in a state of determination will.” – Tony Robbins
There is a difference between pushing yourself and putting yourself into a state of determination. Pushing yourself requires effort and is met with a lot of resistance. When pushing yourself, you may tell yourself that you ‘need’ to do something and then whine about it as you work towards getting it done. That will drag you down, not push you forward.
Putting yourself in a state of determination isn’t as hard as you think. It’s all about changing the way you think and developing more imagination, awareness, and positivity in life. We’ve already discussed how imagination and determination go together, but what about awareness and positivity?
Awareness is about being informed. It’s about taking in more than just a limited point of view and seeing things from all sides. Awareness helps you see that there is much more potential to your life than what you think. It helps you see the possibilities. It helps you see what other people are achieving. It helps you see the potential! And it helps you find solutions to move through issues and stay determined to reach your goals.
Positivity, or an optimistic outlook, helps you maintain hope for the future, which fuels your determination. When you can look past the ‘I can’t!’ and ‘It won’t work out!’ statements, and start saying ‘I can!’ and ‘Things are going to be great!’ you can see the potential that the future has, and that will also fuel your determination as you move forward.
So, if you want to get unstuck in life, this is one of the quotes about determination that you should post on your wall! If you ever feel like you are just pushing yourself to succeed, then it’s time to switch gears and do things to put yourself into a state of determination.
9. How To Build Determination
“Wake up every day with determination to succeed more than yesterday.” – Ethan Cramer
This is one of my favorite quotes about determination because it shows you that it doesn’t take a big move to become more determined, it just takes a day-by-day commitment to succeed more than yesterday.
Yes, it’s important to have a vision for the future, but it’s your day-to-day life that is most important. If you are always living in the future, then your determination is going to dwindle because it will become hard to celebrate the little things when you are always looking towards the end.
But, when you can take life day-by-day, and still have a sense of where you want to end up, you will find that your determination will stay strong as you will feel like you are only working towards the end of the day, not a 1-year, 3-year, or 10-year goal. This works for even the biggest and most successful people out there.
For living day-to-day, I’ve found that it’s easier to develop some positive habits. Some of the things that I’ve found work for me include:
– Decide to learn something new every day in the areas of life you want to feel determination towards. The more you take in information around those areas, the more awareness you will have and the more determination you will feel.
– Decide to do one thing (no matter how small) that helps you move forward towards your goals. The act of doing at least one small thing will help you stay determined. If you try to put too much on your plate, as many of us do while practicing determination, then your strength will start to bend and your ability to stay on track can break.
– Decide to make the most of your day and avoid time wasters. This will really help you do things that keep your determination to achieve success high. Remember, you only have so many hours in the day and how you spend them will determine how you feel about yourself and what your future will look like.
– Take time to do the six phase meditation by Vishen Lakhiani every morning. You can look this up on YouTube. I do this meditation daily, and the impact it has had on my determination in life has been huge.
The meditation addresses areas in life that matter, such as connection, gratitude, forgiveness, vision, and being present. And, when you start to focus on these areas of your life daily, you start to feel better, dream bigger, and move forward in life with a determination that feels amazing.
These four habits are easy to add to your life. And the best part is that the more you commit to them, the more determination you will feel.
These determination quotes make us realize that life is too beautiful to give up. We need to take our step forward. Find inspiration from these determination quotes for your everyday hustle. Let these determination quotes be a guide for your daily decisions. You’ll find more determination quotes from other resources but for now, make these determination quotes here be enough.
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A business magnate and investor, Steve Paul Jobs was the co-founder and chief executive officer of Apple Inc. He was also a shareholder at PIXAR and a member of The Walt Disney Company board of directors. He had a huge vision and shared it with us. He also shared these Steve Jobs quotes for all of us…
“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”
“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
“It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”
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“If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the year roll on.”
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.
“I’m as proud of many of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done. Innovation is saying no to a thousand things.”
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Steve Jobs Quotes About Life
“No one wants to die. Even People who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.”
“Our DNA is a consumer company that individual customers who’s voting thumbs up or thumbs down. That’s who we think about. And we think that our job is to take responsibility for the complete user experience. And if it’s not up to par, it’s our fault, plain and simply.”
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“You know, my main reaction to this money thing is that it’s humorous, all the attention to it, because it’s hardly the most insightful or valuable thing that’s happened to me.
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
“It’s not about charisma and personality, it’s about results and products and those very bedrock things that are why people at Apple and outside of Apple are getting more excited about the company and what Apple stands for and what its potential is to contribute to the industry.”
“Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.”
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“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”
“My model for business is The Beatles: They were four guys that kept each others’ negative tendencies in check; they balanced each other. And the total was greater than the sum of the parts.”
Steve Jobs Quotes on Leadership
“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations.”
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something—your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
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“That’s been one of my mantras—focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex; you have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.”
“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful…that’s what matters to me.”
“I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”
Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.”
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
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“My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.”
“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”
“Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
“We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So, it better be damn good. It better be worth it.”
“I want to put a ding in the universe.”
“Details matter, it’s worth waiting to get it right.”
“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
“Get closer than ever to your customers. So close that you tell them what they need well before they realize it themselves.”
“When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back.”
“The doers are the major thinkers. The people that really create the things that change this industry are both the thinker and doer in one person.”
“As individuals, people are inherently good. I have a somewhat more pessimistic view of people in groups. And I remain extremely concerned when I see what’s happening in our country, which is in many ways the luckiest place in the world. We don’t seem to be excited about making our country a better place for our kids.”
“In the broadest context, the goal is to seek enlightenment – however you define it.”
“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
“If you don’t love it, you’re going to fail.”
“A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experiences, the better design we will have.”
“For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.”
“what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.”
“Ultimately, it comes down to taste. It comes down to trying to expose yourself to the best things that humans have done and then try to bring those things into what you’re doing.”
“Bottom line is, I didn’t return to Apple to make a fortune. I’ve been very lucky in my life and already have one. When I was 25, my net worth was $100 million or so. I decided then that I wasn’t going to let it ruin my life. There is no way you could ever spend it all, and I don’t view wealth as something that validates my intelligence.”
“Let’s go invent tomorrow rather than worrying about what happened yesterday.”
“Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works.”
“Once you discover one simple fact, and that is everything around you that you call life, was made up by people that were no smarter than you.”
“I have a great respect for incremental improvement, and I’ve done that sort of thing in my life, but I’ve always been attracted to the revolutionary changes. I don’t know why. Because they’re harder. They’re much more stressful emotionally. And usually go through a period where everybody tells you that you’ve completely failed.”
“I always advise people – Don’t wait! Do something when you are young, when you have nothing to lose, and keep that in mind.”
“And it comes from the saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don’t get on the wrong track or try to do too much. We’re always thinking about new markets we could enter, but it’s only by saying no that you can concentrate on the things that are really important.”
“We he had everything to gain. And we figured even if we crash and burn, and lose everything, the experience will have been worth ten times the cost.”
“Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future.”
“We are very careful about what features we add because we can’t take them away.”
“One way to remember who you are is to remember who your heroes are.”
“Older people sit down and ask, ‘What is it?’ but the boy asks, ‘What can I do with it?'”
“Now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you, ‘Stay hungry, stay foolish’ ”
“And no, we don’t know where it will lead. We just know there’s something much bigger than any of us.”
“It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the Navy.”
“I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. the heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”
“And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
“It’s hard to tell with there internet startups if they’re really interested in building companies or if they’re just interested in the money. I can tell you, though: If they don’t really want to build a company, they won’t luck into it. That’s because it’s so hard that if you don’t have a passion, you’ll give up.”
“There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
“When you’re young, you look at television and think, there’s a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you get a little older, you realize that’s not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want.”
“An iPod, a phone, an internet mobile communicator… these are Not three separate devices! And we are calling it iPhone! Today Apple is going to reinvent the phone. And here it is.”
“We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know…”
“I’m an optimist in the sense that I believe humans are noble and honorable, and some of them are really smart. I have a very optimistic view of individuals.
“I think the things you most regret in life are things you didn’t do. What you really regret was never asking that girl to dance.”
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“But innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10:30 at night with a new idea, or because they realized something that shoots holes in how we’ve been thinking about a problem.”
“I think death is the most wonderful invention of life. It purges the system of these old models that are obsolete.”
“Most people have no concept of how automatic transmission works. Yet they know how to drive a car. You don’t have to study physics to understand the laws of motion to drive a car. You don’t have to understand any of this stuff to use Macintosh.”
“I was lucky, I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents’ garage when I was 20.”
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“These technologies can make life easier, can let us touch people we might not otherwise. You may have a child with a birth defect and be able to get in touch with other parents and support groups, get medical information, the latest experimental drugs. These things can profoundly influence life. I’m not downplaying that.
“You get your wind back, remember the finish line, and keep going.’
“Design is the fundamental soul of a man-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service. The iMac is not just the color or translucence or the shape of the shell. The essence of the iMac is to be the finest possible consumer computer in which each element plays together.”
“I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard on something, but working on Macintosh was the neatest experience of my life. Almost everyone who worked on it will say that. None of us wanted to release it at the end.”
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“I’m sorry, it’s true. Having children really changes your view on these things. We’re born we live for a brief instant, and we die. It’s been a long time. Technology is not changing it much- if at all.”
“Most people never pick up the phone and call. Most people never ask. And that’s what separates sometimes the people that do things from the people that just dream about them.”
“I think it’s brought the world a lot closer together, and will continue to do that. There are downsides to everything; there are unintended consequences to everything. The most corrosive piece of technology that I’ve ever seen is called television- but then, again, television at its best, is magnificent.”
“If you act like you can do something, then it will work.”
“This revolution, the information revolution, is a revolution of free energy as well, but of another kind: free intellectual energy. It’s very crude today, yet our Macintosh Computer takes less than a 100-watt bulb to run it and it can save you hours a day. What will it be able to do ten to 20 years from now. or 50 years from now?”
“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R & D dollars you have, When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R & D. It’s not about the money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it.”
“The smallest company in the world can look as large as the largest company on the web.”
“To turn really interesting ideas and fledgling technologies into a company that can continue to innovate for years, it requires a lot of disciplines.”
“If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.”
“Creativity is just connecting things.”
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“It’s not the tools that you have faith in, tools are just tools. They work, or they don’t work. It’s people you have faith in or not. Yeah sure, I’m still optimistic I mean, I get pessimistic sometimes but not for long.”
“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”
“We want to reinvent the phone. What’s the killer app? The killer app is making calls! It’s amazing how hard it is to make calls on most phones. We want to let you use contacts like never before, sync your iPhone with your PC or Mac.”
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“I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.”
“Things don’t have to change the world to be important.”
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When we practice being grateful every day, the world becomes a better place. Here are 10 mantras to practice being grateful in our daily lives…
Gratitude is a powerful tool that we can use to live a more meaningful, compassionate life. The amazing thing about gratitude is that you can actually cultivate more of it by simply acting more grateful.
Along the lines of “fake it ‘til you make it,” the more we practice gratitude, the more grateful we actually become.
One of many studies that has proved just this concept was completed by Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough when they compared the well-being of participants who kept weekly accounts of what they were grateful for versus those who kept lists of things that irritated them.
As you might expect, the gratitude-focused participants improved their well-being and it was concluded that, “a conscious focus on blessings may have emotional and interpersonal benefits.”
When you’re feeling overwhelmed with life, try placing your hands over your heart, closing your eyes and repeating any of these simple phrases to yourself.
1. Every experience I have is perfect for my growth.
This Louise Hay affirmation can remind us that we are exactly where we need to be in each moment and that every experience we face is contributing to our growth.
2. Nowhere to be, nothing to do, nothing to fix.
I love using this little reminder especially during times throughout the day when I’m trying to relax and can’t seem to turn my brain off, like at the end of a Yoga class or while unwinding from a long day of work.
3. I have everything I need and I practice being grateful.
In this exact moment, is there anything wrong? Anything that you truly need right now? Most likely you have everything you need in this moment.
4. I appreciate the abundance in my life and I allow myself to expand in gratitude, success and joy everyday.
Try this simple exercise:
Sit in a comfortable position, place your hands over your heart and close your eyes. Bring to mind one thing that you are truly grateful for right now. Breathe into that person or thing and focus on the sensations in your body that arise from gratitude and joy. What does gratitude feel like in your body?
Take a few deep breaths, continuing to concentrate on these sensations of gratitude or love. Then with every exhale imagine this feeling expanding in your body.
Keep expanding the feelings of love and joy as you exhale until it completely surrounds you and finally grows so big to touch everything around you. Continue breathing and imagining the light of gratitude surrounding your whole town or city and until it expands around the entire planet.
5. Dhanya Vad
This sanskrit phrase meaning “I am grateful” can be used as a mantra throughout the day to naturally calm your mind.
6. Thank your food, and thank it well.
Before every meal is a beautiful time to practice gratitude. Whether you say a prayer or give thanks in your own way, take 1 minute to tune into the food on your plate.
Really become mindful of the colors and texture and reflect on all the hands who contributed to bringing it to your plate. From the farmers to the truck drivers to the person who cooked, give thanks.
7. Being grateful brings me into a harmonious relationship with the good in everyone and everything that surrounds me.
Gratitude has to ability to naturally lift you up, bringing you to a higher vibration and attracting a higher quality of energy, so remind yourself of that!
8. Life is a dream. Everything I am looking for is already on its way.
This sweet reminder is a beautiful affirmation to use when first waking up in the morning or right before falling asleep.
9. In this very moment I am grateful for…
Set aside a moment in your day, perhaps before starting the workday to contemplate about one thing you are grateful for. This easy exercise will immediately take you out of your busy routine and help you drop into a place of fulfilment.
10. I clearly see all there is to be grateful for in life. I acknowledge the blessings I have received in my life with gratitude.
You might be thinking that much of this is obvious, yet throughout our days we so frequently forget to tune into this type of understanding. Instead of noticing how many blessings already surround us, we usually fall into patterns of feeling lack and desire. We hope you use these ten simple reminders or mantras to keep you grounded in gratitude throughout your day.
Having these mantras everyday molds us to being grateful in life. Once we are being grateful, we make it easier to deal with anything every single day.
Original article by Sophie Heller. A World nomad, an extrovert who’s exploring my introverted side, sunset/ sunrise lover.
We all need to set limits in order to protect ourselves. We do not need to feel guilty when we learn how to set limits for our own good. Let us all learn how to set limits without ever feeling guilty about it.
Do you struggle to set boundaries? Well, you’re not alone!
Mental health professionals and self-help gurus put a lot of emphasis on boundaries because they’re the foundation of healthy relationships and a strong sense of self-worth.
Boundaries tell others how you want to be treated (what’s okay and what’s not okay). Boundaries protect you from being mistreated.
Boundaries create a healthy separation (physical and emotional) between you and others. Boundaries allow you to have your own personal space and privacy, your own feelings, thoughts, needs, and ideas. They allow you to be yourself rather than an extension of someone else or who someone else wants you to be.
If you didn’t grow up with clear and consistent boundaries or expectations (this often happens in enmeshed, alcoholic, or otherwise dysfunctional families), they probably don’t come naturally to you. You may feel guilty or unjustified in asking for what you want or need.
But you can untwist your negative beliefs about boundaries and learn to set them without feeling guilty. These five tips can help you get started.
5 tips to help you set limits and not feel guilty about it:
1. Set limits and be clear about what you want.
Before you set a boundary, you need to get really specific about what you want and why it’s important. This will help you communicate your needs clearly and stay the course when it gets tough. When you’re preparing to set a difficult boundary, you may find it helpful to write down exactly what you want and why. Some people find that writing a script and rehearsing what they’ll say and do, helps reduce their anxiety.
2. Be direct and don’t apologize for your needs.
When communicating your boundaries, it’s most effective to be direct and succinct. If you couch your boundary in excessive explanations, justifications, or apologies, you water down your message. Notice the difference between these two statements:
“Hey, Ethan, I’m sorry but it turns out that I’m not going to be able to work for you next Saturday.”
“Hey, Ethan, I’m really sorry, but I can’t cover your shift on Saturday. I really want to, but, you know, my son has his last baseball game. I feel like I should be there for him. I know I told you I could work, but I forgot about the game. I hope you’re not mad at me. I know I need to put things on my calendar. I’m so forgetful.”
The second example reinforces the notion that it’s wrong for you to say no. Instead, just keep it simple and remember that you have the right to ask for what you want/need – you don’t have to justify it with a “good” reason.
3. Expect resistance and don’t let it deter you.
When you start setting boundaries, some people will respond poorly. This is common – they’re usually the people who have been benefiting from your lack of boundaries, so they don’t want you to change. Some people may just need time to adjust to your new behavior. While others will use anger to try to manipulate and coerce you away from setting boundaries.
One of the most common reasons for not setting boundaries is a fear of conflict. You don’t want to upset or anger people, so you sacrifice your own needs and wants to keep the peace. It’s tempting to return to passivity when others don’t like your boundaries. However, even when your boundaries provoke anger or resistance, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t set them.
It means that you need to ask for help and take steps to keep yourself safe (such as not being alone with a person who is threatening, aggressive, or volatile). Sometimes it helps to remember that when people resist your boundaries, it’s confirmation that the boundaries are needed.
You aren’t responsible for how others react to your boundaries. You don’t have to make them feel better or take responsibility for the consequences of their actions. You are only responsible for your own feelings and actions.
4. Setting boundaries is an on-going process.
If you’re a parent, you know that you have to repeatedly set rules (a form of boundaries) and tell your kids what you expect from them. Setting boundaries with adults is the same. We need to continuously set boundaries; we can’t just set a boundary and be done with it. You may need to set the same boundary repeatedly with the same person. And as your needs change, you’ll need to set different boundaries.
5. Boundaries are for your own wellbeing, not to control others.
Boundaries should never be an attempt to control or punish others. They’re actually a form of self-care – something you do for your own wellbeing (although others benefit as well). Boundaries protect you from being taken advantage of, overcommitting, overworking, feeling overwhelmed, and physical and emotional abuse or harm.
Of course, we all want people to respect our boundaries, but we have to accept that we can’t make them. We should set boundaries as a statement of who we are and what we need. Your boundaries say, “I matter. My feelings matter. My ideas matter. My health matters. My dreams matter.
My needs matter.” And if others won’t treat you well, you have options. You can emotionally detach, physically distance yourself. or end the relationship. Boundaries are about doing what’s right for you, not about forcing others to do what you want.
Setting boundaries is a skill that takes practice and I hope these five tips make setting boundaries a bit easier. If you’re just beginning to set boundaries, you may feel guilty and perhaps even selfish or mean. This is because it’s new, not because you’re doing something wrong. Your needs are valid and setting boundaries will get easier the more you do it!
We need to set limits in order to know ourselves better. Whenever we set limits for ourselves, we need not feel guilty. We have to keep in mind that it is okay to love ourselves first. It is essential to set limits in our lives. Once we learn to set limits, we will know where we stand at all times.
“Solitude is a catalyst for innovation.”—Mahatma Gandhi
I’ve been standing on my early rising soapbox for a while, but don’t expect me to come down soon. You can’t imagine the beauty found in the early morning hours until you’ve locked it in as a habit. It takes weeks of consistent trial and error to make it routine, but when it sticks, you get to enjoy the world each day before phones and emails, before other humans are up and making noise, and before your mind starts a-chatterin’.
The first hour of my day is my favorite. In this solitude, I can think clearly and hear messages from my deepest core.
Who gets up early?
Richard Branson (Virgin), Oprah, Tim Cook (Apple), Indra Nooyi (PepsiCo), and Jack Dorsey (Twitter, Square) all get up before 6 a.m.
2. Run, walk or bike.
“My imagination functions much better when I don’t have to speak to people.”—Patricia Highsmith
Physical exercise is solitude’s best buddy. When you strap on your shoes or climb onto your bike and leave the house to explore the world, your mind quiets and you get a new perspective on your life and all of its complications. You can’t get this sitting at a desk.
To ensure your exercise generates the solitude we’re seeking:
Don’t listen to music or audiobooks.
Leave your phone at home.
Get into nature if possible, away from others.
Skip the treadmill or stationary bike—it’s a chore compared to exploring the outside world.
Who runs, walks and bikes?
Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) and Jay-Z run, Dennis Muilenburg (Boeing) and Brent Bellm (BigCommerce) bike, and Dennis Woodside (Impossible Foods) takes it a step further by doing Ironman triathlons.
3. Daydream and find peace
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” —Albert Einstein
It’s not just for kids anymore! Scientists now agree that daydreaming is a normal and positive brain function. When our mind wanders, “it’s really doing a tremendous amount,” says Marcus Raichle, a neurologist at Washington University.
Daydreaming will take us away from the task at hand, but while we’re in this state, our brain is working on other goals. It allows our subconscious, the seat of much of our wisdom, hopes, dreams and drives to be heard. On the other hand, hyperfocus can prevent us from “generating fresh solutions and ideas,” says researcher Jeffrey Davis.
Our subconscious mind is the source of much of our creativity, and tapping into this inborn talent is really the only way to do great work. Not convinced? A 2012 study showed that people who took a break from hyperfocus were better at solving demanding problems—41% better, in fact.
Albert Einstein was legendary for his prodigious use of his wandering mind. At age 16, he imagined scenarios that led him to create his special theory of relativity: what he would see if he could travel at the same speed as a beam of light.
4. Drive alone.
“The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.” —Aldous Huxley
If you’re a competent driver, you’ve experienced getting into your car and ending up at your destination with no memory of the journey. In that solitude, your mind went elsewhere.
Complicated driving requires the higher executive functions of your brain (i.e. your attention), but on monotonous routes the task is punted away from your brain’s frontal lobe. Always drive with care, but know that on long drives you can do some great thinking.
Highway driving is especially monotonous—and a perfect place to find solitude. In university, I would drive two hours every second week to visit my long-distance girlfriend. That time alone with my thoughts still constitutes some of my favorite memories. I was able to solve a lot of problems through those quiet reflections.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Steinbeck, at 58 years old, took a road trip of 10,000 miles. The book he wrote about that time alone with his dog went on to be a best-seller.
5. Make a reservation for one.
“Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted.” —Hans Margolius
My mom loved telling the story about how she once walked into a restaurant, asked for a table for one, and the host told her with a frown, “Oh I’m so sorry.”
Oh, how we still laugh about that one.
For unknown reasons, having dinner alone carries stigma. But when I was building a renewable energy company in Zambia, my favorite thing to do after weeks in the villages was to go to a movie by myself, then splurge on a steak dinner and glass of wine. I still do the same when I know my wife will be out for the night.
It may be unusual, but taking the person who you love most in the world (hopefully yourself) on a date is a great act of self-care. The next day you’ll feel refreshed and ready to do your best work.
Who eats alone?
Daniel Radcliffe (yes, the Harry Potter), Renée Zellweger, Tom Hanks and even Bill Clinton have been spotted by the paparazzi eating alone. Their whole lives were built on their popularity, but even they need a solo date once in a while. You have permission to do the same.
6. Go camping by yourself.
“I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.” —Henry David Thoreau
Several years ago, I was stuck. My business was barely breaking even and I was trying to sell credit card processing machines part time, door to door to make ends meet. No matter how hard I worked, I couldn’t make progress.
On a whim, I rented a car, drove into Algonquin Provincial Park and spent two nights in the wilderness alone, miles from people. I watched the steam rising from the lakes, stared into the campfire for hours and listened to bullfrogs as I drifted to sleep.
Without the city’s distractions, my mind cleared. I saw exactly what I had to do. When I returned home, I dropped the sales job, which made me thoroughly miserable, and liquidated my company assets, saying goodbye to a business that was not bringing me toward my highest purpose.
Now I take solo camping trips each summer and have epiphanies about my life every single time.
You’re not the outdoors type? Change that. We evolve by stepping out of our comfort zone. Your first time doesn’t need to be a hardcore 35 km, 3-day hike. Start by finding a quiet campsite you can park on for a night. Or just go for the day. Nature is too important to miss out on. Don’t have wheels? Many cities have shuttle bus service into parks.
Who solo camps?
Henry David Thoreau, a most celebrated philosopher and writer of the 19th century, spent two years, two months and two days living in the woods. The book he wrote about his experience, Walden, is an all-time classic work that I return to year after year to remind myself of the empowering effects of nature’s solitude.
We’re all too damn busy, plain and simple. We fill up our lives and brag about it, but how many of us are curing cancer or working for world peace? Most of our activity is fruitless because we haven’t taken the time to think about what it is we really desire in our short lives.
Solitude has the answer. Carve out quiet time for yourself and your heart will tell you the same.
You need a quiet time for yourself. Find peace and you’ll keep yourself grounded. If you are working hard, the more you need to find peace. It keeps you productive. We all need to find peace. It matters for our well-being and personal growth.
Follow these simple ways to find peace. you can do these things daily.
Original article by Michael Pietrzak. He is a mindset and habits coach to entrepreneurs. He founded So You Want to Write? Inc., which helps writers improve and get published. Michael is passionate about weightlifting, great books and playing guitar.
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