We all have it. We all impose different levels of it on our lives. A lot of it can be helpful in achieving what we want to achieve….just as a little of it can be equally helpful to other things we want to achieve. I guess we have to always discipline our discipline.
If passion drives, let reason hold the reins.
Make no promises when seized by joy.
Write no letters when seized by anger.
Cicero, the great Roman orator and philosopher, set forth what he considered to be the six most drastic mistakes made by people in the course of their lives.
Here they are and here we are, still making them:
1. The delusion that individual advancement is made by crushing others.
2. The tendency to worry about things that cannot be changed or corrected.
3. Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot do it ourselves.
4. Refusing to set aside trivial preferences.
Neglecting development and refinement of the mind, and not acquiring
the habit of reading and study.
6. Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.
Remember, big plays are produced in a split second. Block out crowd noise. Read the defense like a quarterback and see the entire field. Don’t hear footsteps. Focus. Respect ‘em all. Don’t slack up.
Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts.
This is the secret of success.
Too many people quit looking for work when they find a job.
Most people work just hard enough not to get fired….
and get paid just enough money not to quit.
The desire to be well thought of makes some people reluctant to say “no” to anyone regarding anything. We should cultivate an ability to say “no” to activities for which we have no time, no talent, and in which we have no interest or real concern. If we learn to say “no” to many things, then we will be able to say “yes” to things that matter most.
Wisdom is the reward you get for doing a lot of listening
when you’d have preferred to be talking.
We have two ears and only one tongue in order that we may hear more
….and speak less.
One must learn to be silent….just as one must learn to talk.
The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.
Rachel Naomi Remien
There are three kinds of people:
….The ones that learn by reading.
….The few who learn by observation.
….The rest have to touch the electric fence for themselves.
We should manage our fortune as we do our health. Enjoy it when it is good. Be patient when it is bad. And never apply violent remedies except in an extreme necessity.
Francois de la Rochefoucauld
You can observe a lot just by watching.
The training of people to be good parents
should start when those future parents are still children.
Anything that sheds great light also casts deep shadows. Those who see only the light or only the darkness do not see enough. Seeing both requires courage and a steady gaze.
Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution. It represents the wise choice of many alternatives.
The will to win is important….but the will to prepare is vital.
If I do not practice one day….I know it.
If I do not practice the next day….the orchestra knows it.
If I do not practice the third day….the audience knows it.
Ever notice that the people who say,
“That’s the way the ball bounces” are quite often the ones who dropped it?
If people advance confidently in the direction of their dreams and endeavors to lead a life which they have imagined, they will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
Henry David Thoreau
Command yourself, and make yourself do what needs to be done.
Silence is what keeps you from saying more than you need to
….and makes the other person want to say more than they mean to.
Nothing gives one person so much of an advantage over another
as to remain unruffled in all circumstances.
Too many people can be fooled too much of the time.
The Life of a Diet
Half a grapefruit….no sugar
One slice of dry, whole wheat toast
Eight ounces of skim milk
Four ounces of lean, skinless, broiled chicken breast
One cup of steamed spinach….no butter
One cup of tea….no milk or sugar
One Oreo cookie
The rest of the Oreos in the package
One pint of Rocky Road ice cream
One jar of hot fudge sauce with nuts, cherries and whipped cream
One loaf of buttered, garlic bread with cheese
One large sausage, mushroom and cheese pizza
One quart of Pepsi
Three Milky Way candy bars
One large glass of chocolate milk
Entire frozen cheesecake eaten while standing at the freezer
The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch someone else doing it wrong, without commenting.
The size of a person can be measured by the size of the thing
that makes that person angry.
J. Kenfield Morley
Our most valuable trait is a judicious sense of what not to believe.
Fortune truly helps those who are of good judgment.
I've done the research and I hate to tell you, but everybody dies….joggers, vegetarians and non-smokers. I'm telling you this so that some of you who jog at 5:00 A.M. and eat vegetables will occasionally sleep late and have an ice-cream cone.