Pay attention to your thoughts, because they become words.
Pay attention to your words, because they become actions.
Pay attention to your actions, because they become habits.
Pay attention to your habits, because they become your character.
Pay attention to your character, because it is your fate.
— From the Talmud
We often defer decisions because we have doubts. But not making a decision is a decision in itself.
I’d rather regret the things I have done than the things that I haven’t.
— Lucille Ball
But how do you turn off the rational side of your brain? The psychologist Gerd Gigerenzer suggests the following intriguingly simple trick: if you can’t decide between two options, toss a coin. While it is spinning in the air, you will probably sense which side you want to land face up. You then don’t even need to look at the actual result.
Intuition is knowledge that we feel but cannot explain.
It is an art to recognize the boundaries between cowardice and madness.
— Reinhold Messner
You can’t change the past. But you can ruin the present by worrying about the future.
“Such a promising boy” – anybody who has heard this said about them can already guess what lies behind the personal potential trap: a lifetime of striving to fulfll this promise.
Habit is stronger than the desire for improvement.
We deserve what we have. As long as we don’t change it.