"The price of regret is far heavier than the price of discipline."
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“We have the need to be accepted and to be loved by others, but we cannot accept and love ourselves. The more self-love we have, the less we will experience self-abuse. Self-abuse comes from self-rejection, and self-rejection comes from having an image of what it means to be perfect and never measuring up to that ideal. Our image of perfection is the reason we reject ourselves; it is why we don’t accept ourselves the way we are, and why we don’t accept others the way they are.”
― Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements
I. Being Kind To Yourself
What self-compassion might look like:
Giving yourself permission to make mistakes.
Letting there be room for learning and unlearning.
Talking to yourself the same way you would talk to someone you love.
Validating your feelings and emotions while acknowledging when things feel hard for you.
Source: Lisa Olivera, Already Enough: A Path to Self-Acceptance
II. Daring To Live: 7 Rules For Life
Make peace and heal from your past so it won’t disturb and spoil your present.
What other people think of you is none of your business.
Time heals almost everything ― give it time. When you walk into tunnels of darkness, you’re provided with an invaluable opportunity to grow and transform before you ultimately re-emerge into the light.
No one is in charge of your happiness and joy ― except you.
Don’t compare your life to others, and don’t judge them. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
Stop thinking and overthinking so much. It’s alright not to have and know all the answers. Sometimes embracing the unknown becomes the birthplace for knowing.
Smile. You don’t own all the problems in the world, and there is always something to be grateful for.
III. Hierarchy Of Thinking Styles
One of the clearest signs of learning is rethinking our assumptions and revising our opinions.
The Learner: I might be wrong! ― Surrounding yourself with people who challenge your thought process and changing your mind in the face of stronger logic and evidence.
The Critical Thinker: That might be wrong! ― Engaging with diverse sources of information and questioning their credibility.
The Contrarian: You're all wrong! ― Finding the flaws in other people's arguments but being blind to the limitations of your own.
The Politician: They're wrong! We're right! ― Preaching your side's gospel and prosecuting the other side's.
The Cult Leader: I'm always right! ― Treating your own thoughts as gospel.
Source: Adam Grant, Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know
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Whose expectations am I trying to fulfill? My own or those of someone else?
VI. This Week I Will
Walk in faith and gratitude.
Have loyalty to my intuition.
Be kind to myself and others.
The Last Words…
“Someone congratulated me recently and I started to deflect after I said thank you. They said ‘I’m gonna give you your flowers, you can water them or not’ and it stuck with me. We often don’t appreciate our current wins because we’re anticipating what’s next. Take time to water your flowers.”
― Ariel Lopez, CEO of Knac
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