“What is “true” will always endure.”
“If what one finds is made of pure matter, it will never spoil. And one can always come back. If what you had found was only a moment of light, like the explosion of a star, you would find nothing on your return.”
Truth cannot be veiled by smoke and mirrors – it will always be solid and stand firm. When you’re searching for the right decision, it will be the one that withstands the tests of time and the weight of all the scrutiny.
Break the monotony
“When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.”
Gratitude is the practice of finding the brighter side of each day. Life can easily become stagnant, mundane, and monotonous, but that changes depending on what we expose ourselves to. There’s always a silver lining, if you look for it.
Embrace the present
“Because I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man.”
There’s no point dwelling in the past and letting it define yourself, nor getting lost and anxious about the future. But in the present moment, you’re in the field of vast possibilities – how you engage with the present moment will direct your life.
Your success has a ripple-effect
“That’s what alchemists do. They show that, when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.”
Growth, change, and evolution are weaved into the tapestry of reality. Becoming a better version of yourself creates a ripple effect that benefits everything around you: your lifestyle, your family, your friends, your community.
Make the decision
“When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he has never dreamed of when he first made the decision.”
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the unknowns and finer details of of your dreams. Actions will flow out of having confidence in your decision; sitting on the sidelines will get you nowhere.
“I see the world in terms of what I would like to see happen, not what actually does.”
Some of the greatest inventions ever made would not have happened if people chose to accept the world as it is/was. Great achievements and innovations begin with a mindset that ignores the impossible.
Keep getting back up
“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”
Because the eighth time could be your breakthrough. Some of the greatest novels in history were published after receiving thousands of rejections. Thankfully, those authors never gave up – ever.
Focus on your own journey
“If someone isn’t what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”
It’s very easy to be influenced by others, but you’ll be miserable if you end up living in someone else’s shoes. There’s nothing wrong with taking advice and learning from others, but make sure it aligns with your desires and passions.
Always take action
“There is only one way to learn. It’s through action.”
You can study, read, and listen until you turn blue in the face, but the full experience is when you actually take action, and let the rubber meet the road. Once you’re done aiming, pull the trigger.