To achieve goals you've never achieved before you need to start doing things you've never done before - Stephen Covey
Change our attitude by pausing to count our blessings or thinking about experiences in the most positive light - Tibetan Monks do this
Do you ever notice how may times you say throughout the day how you don't have time to do this or that? Like reading for instance, "I don't have time to read." One of my cousins told me this once about reading. His excuse was that he has a family and a kid that is always begging for his attention and climbing on him and it is impossible to read at night. Yet in the same breath they watch TV every night with their kid, together as a family. Do you ever notice kids love to imitate their parents and do what they do? So like my cousin, he doesn't have time to read, but has all the time in the world to watch TV, with his kid. What I don't understand is how he is so willing to neglect learning more to improve himself in life, and also so willing to show and teach his kid it is ok to do the same. I have always wondered how much better their kids life would be if they got into the healthy habit at such an early age of reading and learning real things of value. I guarantee if the dad made every night, for even just 30 minutes, family reading time, the kid would get into the habit of reading too, because the dad was doing such. Keep in mind, this is a dad that is always complaining about their jobs and how they want to be doing music for a living instead, but they can't seem to catch a break so they have basically given up. This is the same person who says that there is really no value in reading. I have another friend who says the same thing, reading has no value.
I want you to get out a piece of paper and make two columns on it. Column 1 is rich friends/or rich people (if you don't have any rich friends). The on Column 2 is poor friends. Now here is the experiment: Take note of how many rich people read all the time and have stacks upon stacks of books. Also take note of how many poor people don't read and have no books, or hardly any books.
What you are going to find in the above experiment is that rich people are always reading and continuing to educate themselves with knowledge, while all the poor people do not. This may not be directly correlated to reading, their income, but it is interesting that the people who read seem to have more money in their bank account. The ones who read are also the ones who seem to be doing what they want in life. Don't take my word for it, go out and start the experiment and see for yourself.
This is the same thing for having mentors. The rich people have mentors, while the poor people do not and in some cases don't even know what a mentor is.
Each day go to bed a little bit wiser, step by step you get ahead, but not necessarily in fast spurts - Charlie Munger
There is a reason why most people don't get ahead in life and live the life they want. They take too many short cuts and want everything handed to them on a silver platter while not recognizing that to be successful is a path of constant learning, growing, grinding, and being driven from within about their passions and pursuits.
To get what you want, you have to deserve what you want. - Charlie Munger
Think of the Beatles, or Bill Gates, or Steve Jobs. These people put in countless hours learning about their thing, countless hours working towards their goals, countless time perfecting their thing. They did not just sit around and complain that they were not getting ahead.
Pursue excellence in every area of your activities - Larry Winget