Archive for Self-help

One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way

22 Yellow highlight | Page: 3 Kaizen has two definitions: using very small steps to improve a habit, a process, or product using very small moments to inspire new products and inventions Yellow highlight | Page: 62 If health were my first priority, what would I be doing differently today? What is one way I can remind myself to drink more water? How could I incorporate a few more minutes of exercise into my daily routine? Yellow highlight | Page: 68 mouth goes dry. Your insides begin to buzz. Even if you’re not aware of it, your fight-or-flight response is kicking in; that feeling you might call “writer’s block” is actually fear. The question you’ve...

The Art of Taking Action: Lessons from Japanese Psychology

93 Yellow highlight | Location: 85 “Everyday life is like an inexpressibly fascinating new movie, which can’t be guessed at ahead of time. In it I find myself dancing, crying, laughing, shouting, singing, suffering, enjoying. And from the inner core, all this fans the flames of hope still larger. My hope is neither the result of expectation nor the expectation of results. The way of hope is that of great nature itself, transcending cause and effect. Hope itself is light and life. Listen to this hope speaking from out of my soul: ‘Come now, with intense and honest mind. I will protect you. Do not fear the descent into fire and...

Constructive Living

65 Yellow highlight | Location: 68 understanding is unimportant compared with doing. Yellow highlight | Location: 128 The goal is not to ignore or suppress feelings, but to accept them as they happen to be at the moment . . .  and then to get on with doing what is sensible and mature anyway. Yellow highlight | Location: 135 The mature human being goes about doing what needs to be done regardless of whether that person feels great or terrible. Yellow highlight | Location: 136 Knowing that you are that kind of person with that kind of self-control brings all the satisfaction and confidence you will ever need. Even on days when the satisfaction and confidence just aren’t there,...

Turning Pro

13 Yellow highlight | Page: 20 The difference between an amateur and a professional is in their habits. Yellow highlight | Page: 22 When we're living as amateurs, we're running away from our calling — meaning our work, our destiny, the obligation to become our truest and highest selves. Addiction becomes a surrogate for our calling. We enact the addiction instead of embracing the calling. Why? Because to follow a calling requires work. It's hard. It hurts. It demands entering the pain-zone of effort, risk, and exposure. Yellow highlight | Page: 24 When you turn pro, your life gets very simple. Yellow highlight | Page: 26 When we can't stand the fear, the shame, and the self-reproach...

Do the Work

11 Orange highlight | Location: 116 Resistance will unfailingly point to true North—meaning that calling or action it most wants to stop us from doing. Orange highlight | Location: 275 Here’s a trick that screenwriters use: work backwards. Begin at the finish. Orange highlight | Location: 280 Answer the Question “What Is This About?” Orange highlight | Location: 322 Stay primitive. Trust the soup. Swing for the seats. And our final-final precept: 4. Be ready for Resistance. Orange highlight | Location: 338 We can never eliminate Resistance. It will never go away. But we can outsmart it, and we can enlist allies that are as powerful as it is. Orange highlight | Location: 351 Do research early or late. Don’t stop...