The Little Things Add Up

The Little Things Add Up – Ryan Holiday

When we go about change, we normally make these big dramatic changes, They never normally last, Then we’re back to where we started…

But it’s the little things that can make a huge difference over time…

They don’t seem like much, getting up an hour earlier, reading or writing one page a day, walking for 30 minutes every day…

What are you looking to do or change, What small thing can you do daily that will make a huge difference over time?

Obviously the same is true in reverse the small negatives add up too.

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You Are What You Eat…

You are what you eat…

You feed yourself garbage, eventually, you start to feel like garbage, your energy levels drop and your output is garbage too…

The same is true for the information you feed yourself, The people yourself with, The music, the tv shows, what you read…

All this information is fed into our subconscious…

If you feel negative, lack motivation and have a can’t be arse mentality, Then look at the people you surround yourself with, How do they talk, how do they act,

What are you listening too on the radio and on the tv, is it drama, drama and more drama, same with your reading are you just reading the drama on facebook…

Garbage in – Garbage out

Choose Your Ancestors…

“We were kids without fathers, so we found our fathers on wax and on the streets and in history, and in a way, that was a gift. We got to pick and choose the ancestors who would inspire the world we were going to make for ourselves.”
― Jay-Z

‘We got to pick and choose our ancestors…’

We can’t choose our family, but we can choose our inspiration,

We choose the people we look up to, the information we feed ourselves, the books we read, the movies we watch…

In the Book Steal Like An Artist – Austin talks about the concept of choosing your Ancestors.

You take your inspiration and find who inspired them, then you find your inspirations inspiration and repeat the process, eventually, you have a family tree of inspiration, whose work you study, imitate and create new ideas…

Create your own family tree, Create your own world, Create Yourself

Then why not create the most beautiful story for yourself?

“If you can see yourself as an artist, and you can see that your life is your own creation, then why not create the most beautiful story for yourself?” – Don Miguel Ruiz

As kids we’re free, we draw, we create, we sing and dance… Life is fun…Life is art

But

As social creatures, we are drawn towards tribes and we want the tribe to accept us, so we conform to how the tribe acts, we do as they do because their opinion matters to us.

We start to fear rejection.

So the things we used to do for joy and fun we stop.

We don’t start the things we want to do because,

We fear being laughed at, Not being liked and rejected…

So the art we want remains a thought in our head,

Whilst we conform to the system of the tribe’s beliefs…

Is that the life you want…
:// Side note – Its why it doesn’t bother me when people comment on my grammar, If they commented on it, they read it, which means I did the work and put it out there to be criticized – No art is perfect

Obstacles Illuminate New Options

Obstacles Illuminate New Options – Ryan Holiday

I’ve said it before, There is no Map…

No clear path, unless we follow someone else’s

And because we’re creating our own route…

We’re going to run into obstacles and roadblocks…

There are two choices when this happens…

1. Get frustrated, complain and quit or…
2. See them for the neon sign they are saying ‘this way’

The latter will although may not be the easier option, Will lead you to overcome adversity, help you find solutions to other Obstacles and will lead you even greater growth…

Follow the diversion, Climb over the roadblock… Just don’t turn back