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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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

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

“The Pain of Discipline is far less than the pain of regret.”

“The Pain of Discipline is far less than the pain of regret.”

The side effect conundrum…

If you hate exercising and you stop, You will probably have a better day

If you hate saving money, you will most likely have a better day when you spend that money on something that makes you feel better…

If instead of following your diet plan you binge out on sweets and whatever you will most likely feel better…

Feel better In the short run, Until the side effects kick in.

And suddenly the doctors told us we have a heart problem, or we need some money but we spent it all on some crap we don’t need…

Then we wonder ‘If only I dealt with the side effects of a little discipline’

When it all could have been avoided by going through an hour a day of discomfort, 10-20% of your wages stashed away… Whatever it is…

Put up with the short term side effects of discipline
Or live with the long term effects of being undisciplined

but how you finish that counts

“I have found that it’s not so much how you start, but how you finish that counts.”

Dreams, Projects, Goals, Relationships, Jobs… Diets

Whatever we start, we plan and do our best efforts to start well…

Sometimes we don’t but that’s ok because we started,

But when it comes to finishing,

Well, we don’t really plan that out so much,

We start well,

We do our best,

Then it becomes familiar or difficult,

Then we stop, quit or lose interest.

Students are a great (Slightly stereotypical) example of this,

They start Uni with the best interests of Doing well, but then they spend most of their time in the bars getting blackout drunk and trying to hook up,

Until the end of the term when the clubs are empty because they are rushing to hit their deadlines and just finish… Instead of finishing well

Whatever you do, It would be more beneficial to plan on finishing and finish well than just getting started.

Beginning is magical. So is finishing. We can embrace both. – Seth Godin