If you’ve received several weekly editions of The Long Game, you know that I like to include quotes in my introductions. In a sense, they can be cliché only because there is truth in what the speaker attempts to project with the statement. When I start a new journal, I write down quotes at the beginning that have meaning to me at that particular time in my life. Some quotes are repeated from prior journals and others are newly applicable to my life as of that date. The below are the five quotes I have written in the front of my current journal and what they mean to me. You may find value in them as well.
1. “You could leave life right now.” Marcus Aurelius
This quote is repeated throughout all of my journals. Life is meant to be lived; we can’t wait around and have it come to us. Go out and create the life you want. Be present in your relationships. Tell your family and friends how much they mean to you. You might not always have the chance. When I am faced with a difficult decision or nervous about doing something, this quote is a nice reminder that this could be my last day.
2. “Most decisions should probably be made with somewhere around 70% of the information you wish you had. If you wait for 90%, in most cases, you’re probably being slow” Jeff Bezos
As an overly analytical person, I want all the information possible before making a decision. This holds you back when the key is action. The added information won’t necessarily help you make a better decision, it only gives you comfort in the decision you make. Typically, it is more important to act and then course correct along the way instead of waiting for more information.
3. “There is one path in the world none can walk but you. Where does it lead? Don’t ask, walk!” Nietzsche
Nietzsche reminds me that this is my life and I must stop living up to the expectations of others. We must blaze our own trail in this world. We can’t worry about what others think. Your family and friends might have the best intentions and want to help, but we must live according to our values. For me, I do this by living life with an abundant mindset. An abundant mindset allows you not to fear change and keep you open to all of the possibilities life has for us. Follow your heart and see where it leads.
4. “There is great honor in a failed attempt but no honor in no attempt.” Laird Hamilton
This quote is another reminder that action is key in life. You can’t live small. You can’t sit on the sidelines watching others make their attempt in the arena of life. It doesn’t matter if you fail trying to do big things because there is really no failure, only learning experiences. Try new experiences and learn new things. This is how we grow. If we stay in the confines of our comfort zone we will stagnate and become stuck. What are you scared of doing right now? Put an action plan together and move! You won’t regret it.
5. “ Most people quit at 40%” David Goggins
When you think you’re done and your brain and body are telling you to stop, you’ve only given 40% of what you truly have, according to Goggins. I find a lot of truth in this. There are plenty of times when I’ve wanted to quit something only to keep pushing through and realizing I had much more to give. This applies to both physical activities and your professional life. When things starts to get difficult and frustration abounds, the journey is just beginning. Just keep moving and you’ll get through the pain.
To Sum it up
Quotes can be used as guides and help remind us to stay on the path we chose for ourselves. They will not do the heavy lifting for us, but can give us a kick in the butt when we need it. If you need the motivation to stay disciplined on your current path or need help making a change, look to people from past and present for a little inspiration. Come up with your own interpretation of their words and use it to help you along the way.