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Even If You Did Half

If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astonish ourselves. – Thomas Edison

Yeah, doing everything you’re capable of would blow your doors off, but to even contemplate such is massive.

Instead, just attempt half, or a quarter, or even an eighth of what you think you are capable of.

At least two things will happen: you will accomplish some pretty cool stuff and you’ll show yourself you are capable of more than you thought.

(And you’ll keep doing stuff, which is the coolest thing of all!)

Live Now

Find life experiences and swallow them whole. Travel. Meet many people. Go down some dead ends and explore dark alleys. Try everything. Exhaust yourself in the glorious pursuit of life. – Lawrence K. Fish

Live while you’re alive.

When you’re dead it’ll be too late.

Find Your Peace

Each one has to find his peace from within. And for peace to be real it must be unaffected by outside circumstances. – Mahatma Gandhi

This reminds me of something I heard in the past: real peace-of-mind is being unaffected by both the bad and good opinion of others.

So, cultivate and nurture a peace that is unaffected by circumstances.

And, cultivate and sustain a sense of self that is unaffected by what others think.

Only you can do it, and the benefits are immeasurable.

It’s All Life

Happiness is a journey, not a destination. For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin—real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. This perspective has helped me to see there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So treasure every moment you have and remember that time waits for no one. – Alfred D. Souza

The Obstacles are Life.

The Triumphs are Life.

The Joys are Life.

The Highs are Life.

The Lows are Life.

The Big Moments are Life.

The Small Moments are Life.

It’s all Life, and it’s being happening with or without you.

Planning Done Well

It’s better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret. – Jacki Joyner-Kersee

This quote has me thinking about planning, and about how people misunderstand planning.

A couple things I’ve noticed: either people don’t see any value in planning or they worry that it will hinder their spontaneity.

There’s not much one can say to the former group, but the latter are missing the mark.

Planning, and it’s partner, goal-setting, don’t hinder spontaneity, if done properly.

By “done properly” I mean seeing planning in a constructive way.

When you plan you imagine your desired future. You give yourself license to want what you want and imagine the path to getting there.

As Covey has said, things are created twice, once in planning and then in reality.

When you plan you inoculate yourself against the stress of uncertainty and the myriad demands that will compete for your time and attention, if you’re not clear on what you want – and what you need to be doing.

The other key to planning done well is you can modify a plan as it unfolds.

In fact, you “should” be modifying your plan as you learn – what works and what doesn’t.

People will sometimes think that if they have to change their plan they have failed.

Nope.

Adapting a plan to new information and changing conditions is intelligent and is what makes something succeed.

Or you can, Joyner-Kersee says above, not plan and look back with regret on a life where you accomplished less than was possible.