Tag: motivation

Unbeatable Mind


Unbeatable Mind: Forge Resiliency and Mental Toughness to Succeed at an Elite Level by Mark Divine

My Highlights

mental toughness has three secrets—controlling the body, the mind, and the emotions. Win those three, and you win the battle every time.

I encourage you to enjoy the journey rather than focus on the destination. For every mountain you climb and plateau you rest at, there will be another and more interesting view ahead.

I learned to feel my way, rather than think, my way through crisis moments. I noted how excessive thinking and analysis paralysis got people injured or killed. I chose instead to surrender to my intuition and seek presence when possible over constant rationalization. Over time I became hyperaware of what was going on in and around me. This present moment mind-set brought my rational mind under even more control and allowed for creativity to flow.

Now is the only time that matters.

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The Alchemist


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

My Highlights

The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.

Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.

If you start out by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire to work toward getting it.

When you want something, all the universe conspires to help you achieve it.

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Do the Work


Do the Work by Steven Pressfield

My Highlights

Start playing from power. We can always dial it back later. If we don’t swing for the seats from the start, we’ll never be able to drive a fastball into the upper deck.

When we experience panic, it means that we’re about to cross a threshold. We’re poised on the doorstep of a higher plane.

A professional does not take success or failure personally. That’s Priority Number One for us now. That our project has crashed is not a reflection of our worth as human beings. It’s just a mistake. It’s a problem—and a problem can be solved. Now we go back to our sheet of yellow foolscap. Where did we go wrong? Where did this train go off the tracks?

Fear of success is the essence of Resistance.

Stay stupid. Trust the soup. Start before you’re ready.

What to do when getting distracted

  • Make sure to listen to the right type of music for the task.
  • Break larger tasks into smaller chucks.
  • Work on an easy task.
  • Work in bursts with Pomodoro timer.
  • Eat a small healthy snack to improve energy levels.