We are only a couple of days into the second quarter of 2018. I don’t know about you but I have been evaluating the goals (let’s leave the resolutions vs goals vs intentions debate for another post) that I laid out at the beginning of the year. I have knocked some of them out of the ballpark. For instance, I am well on my way to meeting my annual 50 books GoodReads challenge by July. As at beginning of April 2018, I am at 34 books. However, in the same vein, I have not managed to read any book over 500 pages including Les Miserables (unabridged) and The Count of Monte Cristo.
One mantra that I have adapted from Alexandra Franzen is today is not over yet. Franzen’s principle is pretty simple; as long as there’s time on the clock, there are opportunities for making changes and checking things off your to-do list.
Like what Matthew West says in his song, Dream Again
Your lungs are still breathing
Your heart is still beating
The end’s where the future begins
Just open your eyes
Open your eyes
And dream again
So if you are one of those people who is thinking of throwing in the towel before 31.12.2018, the year is not over yet. To encourage us for the next 80-something days and maybe for the rest of the year, here are some of my favourite quotes from books that I have read in the recent past.
On making peace with yourself and embracing learning curves
Wisdom for living the rest of your life begins with being honest about the life you have lived so far. It takes courage to admit that
- things aren’t working,
- parts of your life are disappointing,
- you’ve wasted time,
- you don’t quite love the skin you are in,
- maybe you’re a little bit unbalanced or even a little cray-cray. (Don’t worry about that last one. We all are just a tad.)
I know what I’m talking about when I say that it takes Someone outside of ourselves to reset what’s broken, but what’s been fractured back together, and give rest and restoration to quiet our minds, calm our hearts, and bring peace to our souls.
-Crystal Hurst Evans, Author of She’s Still Here
On Getting Things Done and Letting Go of Distraction
Drifts happen because we get distracted. We might be preoccupied by something that isn’t good for us, or we might be preoccupied with doing the next thing. For a moment—or in a series of moments—we don’t pay close attention to who we are. We cease focusing intently on who we want to be, or maybe we never even started. We lose awareness, or maybe we never knew that living with awareness is important. We acquiesce to whatever comes next, inattentive to the cost of our lack of participation. We’re too busy living to notice we’re meandering away from a meaningful path, despite our best intentions. Many of us live distracted because we live busy. Maria Popova, in her weekly literature review, Brain Pickings, says, “I frequently worry that . . . busyness [is] the greatest distraction from living, as we coast through our lives day after day, showing up for our obligations but being absent from our selves, mistaking the doing for the being.
-Crystal Hurst Evans, Author of She’s Still Here
Similarly, the importance of the daily grind
Someone receives a promotion, gets an important assignment, makes a major discovery or moves into the president’s office. ” He’s lucky”, an envious person remarks…In reality, luck or the breaks of life had little or nothing to do with it. So-called”luck” usually is found at the exact point where preparation meets opportunity. For a time, an individual may get ahead by a”pull”, but eventually someone with “push” will displace him. Success is not due to a fortuitous concourse of stars of birth, but a steady trail of sparks from the grindstone of hard work each day
When you know the importance of networking but too afraid to take the first step
Changes come from new attitudes and new people, think of your network as a toolbox. The hammer is probably the most important tool, but it doesn’t make sense to fill your toolbox with 12 hammers. You want to have tools for each type of job that might arise. It’s the same when building your network. If you’re a doctor, it absolutely makes sense to build a network in the medical community, but to be labeled an expert doctor, you must expose yourself to new techniques or studies, make an effort to meet with members of other practices or hospital administrations, and tap into other arenas such as publishing or politics that are looking for the perspective of a medical professional. Doing all of this will raise your profile—and label you as an expert doctor both in and out of your specific medical community
-Molly Beck, Author of Reach Out
On Internet Fame (and Obscurity)
I think obscurity is your friend when you’re just starting out. People want to get rid of the obscurity so everyone knows who they are and what they’re doing, but it’s nice to have that cushion of being able to mess up without anyone knowing or caring so that you can learn without the spotlight on you. Once the spotlight is on you, there’s a lot of pressure and you don’t need that kind of pressure early on. Take it easy, have a long-term view on things, build on little successes, and learn more before you try to go out and change the world.
Jason Fried, co-founder of Basecamp (formerly 37 Signals) and author of Rework and Remote on Obscurity
Strengthening your backbone
If you avoid situations that challenge you, the muscle of your self-confidence will never develop or grow. The same is true for the people you help
Ilene S. Cohen PhD. Author of When It’s Never About You
Reinforcing your will to make better financial decisions
Self-worth creates net worth, and net worth supports self-worth. Believing your personal financial independence is worthwhile means you save and invest in yourself. Having modest and yet achievable short-and long-term visions of your success inspires to remain focused
Amanda Steinberg, Author of Worth It
One more challenge, Please offer any suggestions on a tracking system for bookish quotes (both print and e-format). Currently, I am using a reading journal and I have Evernote but I am not sure how to use them effectively without duplicating my efforts.
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