How to Stop Procrastination-Authentic study

by Darpan Sachdeva

-via James clear

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Procrastination is a challenge we have all faced at one point or another. For as long as humans have been around, we have been struggling with delaying, avoiding, and procrastinating on issues that matter to us.

During our more productive moments, when we temporarily figure out how to stop procrastinating, we feel satisfied and accomplished. Today, we’re going to talk about how to make those rare moments of productivity more routine. The purpose of this guide is to break down the science behind why we procrastinate, share proven frameworks you can use to beat procrastination, and cover useful strategies that will make it easier to take action.

What is Procrastination?

Human beings have been procrastinating for centuries. The problem is so timeless, in fact, that ancient Greek philosophers like Socrates and Aristotle developed a word to describe this type of behavior: Akrasia.

Akrasia is the state of acting against your better judgment. It is when you do one thing even though you know you should do something else. Loosely translated, you could say that akrasia is procrastination or a lack of self-control.

Here’s a modern definition:

Procrastination is the act of delaying or postponing a task or set of tasks. So, whether you refer to it as procrastination or akrasia or something else, it is the force that prevents you from following through on what you set out to do.

Before we get too deep into this discussion, let’s pause for just a second.

Why Do We Procrastinate?

Ok, definitions are great and all, but why do we procrastinate? What is going on in the brain that causes us to avoid the things we know we should be doing?

This is a good time to bring some science into our discussion. Behavioral psychology research has revealed a phenomenon called “time inconsistency,” which helps explain why procrastination seems to pull us in despite our good intentions. Time inconsistency refers to the tendency of the human brain to value immediate rewards more highly than future rewards.

The best way to understand this is by imagining that you have two selves: your Present Self and your Future Self. When you set goals for yourself — like losing weight or writing a book or learning a language — you are actually making plans for your Future Self. You are envisioning what you want your life to be like in the future. Researchers have found that when you think about your Future Self, it is quite easy for your brain to see the value in taking actions with long-term benefits. The Future Self values long-term rewards.

However, while the Future Self can set goals, only the Present Self can take action. When the time comes to make a decision, you are no longer making a choice for your Future Self. Now you are in the present moment, and your brain is thinking about the Present Self. Researchers have discovered that the Present Self really likes instant gratification, not long-term payoff.

So, the Present Self and the Future Self are often at odds with one another. The Future Self wants to be trim and fit, but the Present Self wants a donut. Sure, everyone knows you should eat healthy today to avoid being overweight in 10 years. But consequences like an increased risk for diabetes or heart failure are years away.

Similarly, many young people know that saving for retirement in their 20s and 30s is crucial, but the benefit of doing so is decades off. It is far easier for the Present Self to see the value in buying a new pair of shoes than in socking away $100 for 70-year-old you. (If you’re curious, there are some very good evolutionary reasons for why our brain values immediate rewards more highly than long-term rewards.)

This is one reason why you might go to bed feeling motivated to make a change in your life, but when you wake up you find yourself falling back into old patterns. Your brain values long-term benefits when they are in the future (tomorrow), but it values immediate gratification when it comes to the present moment (today).

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You cannot rely on long-term consequences and rewards to motivate the Present Self. Instead, you have to find a way to move future rewards and punishments into the present moment. You have to make the future consequences become present consequences.

This is exactly what happens during the moment when we finally move beyond procrastination and take action. For example, let’s say you have a report to write. You’ve known about it for weeks and continued to put it off day after day. You experience a little bit of nagging pain and anxiety thinking about this paper you have to write, but not enough to do anything about it. Then, suddenly, the day before the deadline, the future consequences turn into present consequences, and you write that report hours before it is due. The pain of procrastinating finally escalated and you crossed the “Action Line.”

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There is something important to note here. As soon as you cross the Action Line, the pain begins to subside. In fact, being in the middle of procrastination is often more painful than being in the middle of doing the work. Point A on the chart above is often more painful than Point B. The guilt, shame, and anxiety that you feel while procrastinating are usually worse than the effort and energy you have to put in while you’re working. The problem is not doingthe work, it’s starting the work.

If we want to stop procrastinating, then we need to make it as easy as possible for the Present Self to get started and trust that motivation and momentum will come after we begin. (Motivation often comes after starting, not before.)

Let’s talk about how to do that now.

II. How to Stop Procrastinating Right Now

There are a variety of strategies we can employ to stop procrastinating. Below, I’ll outline and explain each concept, then I’ll provide you with some examples of strategy in action.

Option 1: Make the Rewards of Taking Action More Immediate

If you can find a way to make the benefits of long-term choices more immediate, then it becomes easier to avoid procrastination. One of the best ways to bring future rewards into the present moment is with a strategy known as temptation bundling.

Temptation bundling is a concept that came out of behavioral economics research performed by Katy Milkman at The University of Pennsylvania. Simply put, the strategy suggests that you bundle a behavior that is good for you in the long-run with a behavior that feels good in the short-run.

The basic format is: Only do [THING YOU LOVE] while doing [THING YOU PROCRASTINATE ON].

Here are a few common examples of temptation bundling:

  • Only listen to audiobooks or podcasts you love while exercising.
  • Only get a pedicure while processing overdue work emails.
  • Only watch your favorite show while ironing or doing household chores.
  • Only eat at your favorite restaurant when conducting your monthly meeting with a difficult colleague.

Option 2: Make the Consequences of Procrastination More Immediate

There are many ways to force you to pay the costs of procrastination sooner rather than later. For example, if you are exercising alone, skipping your workout next week won’t impact your life much at all. Your health won’t deteriorate immediately because you missed that one workout. The cost of procrastinating on exercise only becomes painful after weeks and months of lazy behavior. However, if you commit to working out with a friend at 7 a.m. next Monday, then the cost of skipping your workout becomes more immediate. Miss this one workout and you look like a jerk.

Another common strategy is to use a service like Stickk to place a bet. If you don’t do what you say you’ll do, then the money goes to a charity you hate. The idea here is to put some skin in the game and create a new consequence that happens if you don’t do the behavior right now.

Option 3: Design Your Future Actions

One of the favorite tools psychologists use to overcome procrastination is called a “commitment device.” Commitment devices can help you stop procrastinating by designing your future actions ahead of time.

For example, you can curb your future eating habits by purchasing food in individual packages rather than in the bulk size. You can stop wasting time on your phone by deleting games or social media apps. (You could also block them on your computer.)

Similarly, you can reduce the likelihood of mindless channel surfing by hiding your TV in a closet and only taking it out on big game days. You can voluntarily ask to be added to the banned list at casinos and online gambling sites to prevent future gambling sprees. You can build an emergency fund by setting up an automatic transfer of funds to your savings account. These are all examples of commitment devices that help reduce the odds of procrastination.

Option 4: Make the Task More Achievable

As we have already covered, the friction that causes procrastination is usually centered around starting a behavior. Once you begin, it’s often less painful to keep working. This is one good reason to reduce the size of your habits because if your habits are small and easy to start, then you will be less likely to procrastinate.

One of my favorite ways to make habits easier is to use The 2-Minute Rule, which states,

“When you start a new habit, it should take less than two minutes to do.” The idea is to make it as easy as possible to get started and then trust that momentum will carry you further into the task after you begin. Once you start doing something, it’s easier to continue doing it. The 2–Minute Rule overcomes procrastination and laziness by making it so easy to start taking action that you can’t say no.

Another great way to make tasks more achievable is to break them down. For example, consider the remarkable productivity of the famous writer Anthony Trollope. He published 47 novels, 18 works of non-fiction, 12 short stories, 2 plays, and an assortment of articles and letters. How did he do it? Instead of measuring his progress based on the completion of chapters or books, Trollope measured his progress in 15-minute increments. He set a goal of 250 words every 15 minutes and he continued this pattern for three hours each day. This approach allowed him to enjoy feelings of satisfaction and accomplishment every 15 minutes while continuing to work on the large task of writing a book.

Making your tasks more achievable is important for two reasons.

  1. Small measures of progress help to maintain momentum over the long-run, which means you’re more likely to finish large tasks.
  2. The faster you complete a productive task, the more quickly your day develops an attitude of productivity and effectiveness

III. Being Consistent: How to Kick the Procrastination Habit

Alright, we’ve covered a variety of strategies for beating procrastination on a daily basis. Now, let’s discuss some ways to make productivity a long-term habit and prevent procrastination from creeping back into our lives.

The Daily Routine Experts Recommend for Peak Productivity

One reason it is so easy to slip back into procrastination time after time is because we don’t have a clear system for deciding what is important and what we should work on first. (This is yet another example of the system often being more important than the goal.)

One of the best productivity systems I have found is also one of the most simple. It’s called The Ivy Lee Method and it has six steps:

  1. At the end of each work day, write down the six most important things you need to accomplish tomorrow. Do not write down more than six tasks.
  2. Prioritize those six items in order of their true importance.
  3. When you arrive tomorrow, concentrate only on the first task. Work until the first task is finished before moving on to the second task.
  4. Approach the rest of your list in the same fashion. At the end of the day, move any unfinished items to a new list of six tasks for the following day.
  5. Repeat this process every working day.

How to Avoid Chronic Procrastination With Visual Cues

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Another way to overcome the trap of chronic procrastination is to use visual cues to trigger your habits and measure your progress.

A visual cue is something you can see (a visual reminder) that prompts you to take action. Here’s why they are important for beating procrastination:

Visual cues remind you to start a behavior. We often lie to ourselves about our ability to remember to perform a new habit. (“I’m going to start eating healthier. For real this time.”) A few days later, however, the motivation fades and the busyness of life begins to take over again. Hoping you will simply remember to do a new habit is usually a recipe for failure. This is why a visual stimulus can be so useful. It is much easier to stick with good habits when your environment nudges you in the right direction.

Visual cues display your progress on a behavior. Everyone knows consistency is an essential component of success, but few people actually measure how consistent they are in real life. Having a visual cue—like a calendar that tracks your progress—avoids that pitfall because it is a built-in measuring system. One look at your calendar and you immediately have a measure of your progress.

Visual cues can have an additive effect on motivation. As the visual evidence of your progress mounts, it is natural to become more motivated to continue the habit. The more visual progress you see, the more motivated you will become to finish the task. There are a variety of popular behavioral economics studies that refer to this as the Endowed Progress Effect. Seeing your previous progress is a great way to trigger your next productive action.

Two of my favorite strategies that use visual cues are The Paper Clip Strategy, which is helpful for beating procrastination day-after-day, and The Seinfeld Strategy, which is great for maintaining consistency over longer periods of time.

I hope you found this short guide on procrastination useful.

Blog PhotoDarpan Sachdeva is the CEO and Founder of Nobel thoughts.com. With a long time passion for Entrepreneurship, Self development & Success, Darpan started his website with the intention of educating and inspiring like-minded people all over the world to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.To keep going and never get disheartened and learn from every adversity.

 

20 Habits of Eventual Millionaires

by  Darpan Sachdeva

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Following  are the powerful habits of rich, successful people according to serial entrepreneur James Altucher.

Altucher is an American hedge fund manager, entrepreneur, bestselling author, and podcaster. Having founded or cofounded more than 20 companies, including Reset Inc. and StockPickr and says he failed at 17 of them.

His books ‘Choose Yourself: Be Happy’ and ‘Make Millions, Live the Dream’ have been read and re-read by aspiring entrepreneurs across the world,.

Here outlined are his ‘The 20 Habits Of Eventual Millionaires’ list. How many can you tick off? I strongly believe that following even  half way of these 20 habits could bring us closer to  millions we aspire.

Enjoy the read and share your views on the experiences you face doing these metallic habits…

 

1.Say “No”

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Sometimes its wiser to say No to distractions to get the results you need in the limited time in hand. “When you say “No” you have more time to read, learn, sleep, ask questions, contact friends,family, love life. Say “no” more.”

 

  1. Love

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Mankind would be in  such a good place if all of us give and extend that extra love to each other on daily basis.”This is the only religion. This is the only thing worth surrendering to. This is the fuel for your idea muscle.”

 

  1. Make Mistakes

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Success is never attained by the first hit.It takes a series of mistakes that turn the failures eventually to path to success.With each mistake on the road ,lesson is learnt and step forward is taken.”Mistakes are the spell books of success. Study them hard. Learnt heir incantations. When muscles tear they rebuild stronger.”

 

  1. Plant Seeds

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“Basic Garden Math: 1% of the seeds turns into 50% of the flowers. Plant lots of seeds.”

Most people have a goal and they work hard following that.Well there is nothing wrong with that.But the real key is to plant many many seeds so as to get  more flowers.

What are the seeds for life?

Have gratitude for what you have and value it,Share good ideas with friends and people.Eat healthy,Exercise,read a good book. Care for your family

 

  1. Be Around People Who Are Kind To You And Love You

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This has to develop as a habit to grow.It will take it own time and sweat.Important is to grow and improve on daily basis.”Other people will make you unhappy, unkind and unsuccessful.”

 

  1. Stand Next To The Smartest Person In the Room

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There is a saying that if you see your self as the smartest person in the room then you are in the wrong room.”Harold Ramis did it (Bill Murray). Steve Jobs did it (Steve Wozniak). Craig Silverstein did it (Larry Page). Kanye West did it (Jay Z). I make money only when I do this.”

Just look for the smartest person in the room,Quietly follow him without asking any questions.

 

  1. No Excuses

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People generally say i do not have enough time,enough money,enough friends,enough energy to get success. Stop these excuses as they bring you no where forward.

“Blaming is draining. Complaining is draining. Explaining is draining. We don’t have enough inner plumbing for all that draining.”




  1. Don’t Be In A Rush

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To get to the success and desired goals in life it takes time.Its built of the moments of tiny success on the way to the bigger life goal.Enjoy every bit of it.”Every overnight success I’ve spoken to, took 10 – 20 years to get there. But only if they celebrated small successes along the way.”

  1. Solve Difficult Gratitude Problems

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In the time of stress, anger and distress ,stop for a while and think of one good thing for which you are grateful for.extend gratitude for the good things around you what you are happy with..

“If you can find a diamond in the mud, you are going to end up with a lot of diamonds in life.”

10 Warren Buffett’s 5/25 Rule

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“Make a list of 25 things to do in life. Now do the top 5. And never again think about the other 20 ever, else they will take time away from the 5 that are most important to you.”

 

  1. Write Down 10 Ideas A Day

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“This actually turns into a super power. Do this for six months and see what happens.”

Coming up with great ideas requires muscle .Carry a journal with you, or make use of the notepad on your phone and, throughout the day, jot down ideas that come to mind. There is something about writing your ideas down that makes the brain feel like the idea was acknowledged.

 

  1. Follow Up

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“I’m shy and bad at this. And lazy. Send an email the next day with an idea on the next step. I have to work on this.”

Following up might be a “nice to meet you” email. Or maybe it’s buying them a first edition of their favorite book or  movie .Or maybe it’s one of the 10,000 things in between that.




  1. Ask Questions

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“There are more questions than answers. Opportunities are buried in the questions, Facts can be outsourced.”

Never stop being curious and ask questions to what might lead you fulfill your thirst and lead to success.

  1. 1% A Day

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“Whatever you want to get better at: do1% more each day. 1% a day, compounded, is 3800% a year. You win.”

You have that huge goal to write a book,win the tournament,make millions or become a leader,move towards it with the ” a little a day” concept.Take baby steps every day towards the big goal.

 

  1. Right Now

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“Regret will waste time today worrying about yesterday. And anxiety will steal energy from the future. Focus on right now.”

Every time I’ve had a problem in the future, it never came true.

Every time I’ve had a regret in the past, the regret kept me glued to the mud.

Right now you are dealt cards. No other hand before or after will help you right now.

So this is the only moment to focus on. Right now is best predictor of Right Life.

 

  1. Sleep

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“Sleep rejuvenates brain cells, heals the body, and reduces anxiety. And your brain is only active 2-5 hours a day. Sweets dreams.”

  1. Every Day, Avoid Death

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“You can’t get rich from a hospital bed. Or a grave. Move every day, sleep well, eat well.”

Its generally trusted that as you grow old your metabolism starts to change.This is wrong.You just start sitting more as you grow.So start moving.

  1. Do One Thing Every Day You Loved As A Kid

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“This is usually the fuel that can power your life.”

I always loved to write,so i write now whenever get the time to do it.I have always loved to speak in front of public ,so i practice now public speaking and teaching. on whenever possible.

As a kid what ever we wanted to do was our internal calling  and could have been suppressed with time but is never killed.You can always bring it back if you follow your heart.

 

Wait: I thought there were 20? 

“Secret to success = give yourself permission to sometimes be wrong.”

This could be counted in as another habit not less important towards earning your millions.

Give yourself permission to not always be right. Give yourself permission to not always be liked. Give yourself permission to not always be at peace. Give yourself permission to not be a success.Then you will gradually have whatever you gave yourself permission “to not.”

 

The above habits will make you that bright sun glowing with immense power who has these worth applauding powerful qualities and habits.

To your success!!!




Blog PhotoDarpan Sachdeva is the CEO and Founder of Nobel thoughts.com. With a long time passion for Entrepreneurship, Self development & Success, Darpan started his website with the intention of educating and inspiring like-minded people all over the world to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.To keep going and never get disheartened and learn from every adversity.

 

If you are not growing-You are dying !!!

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by  Darpan Sachdeva

via Team Tony at www.tonyrobbins.com

Tony Robbins says that if you’re not growing, you’re dying. No wonder that he’s addicted to growth, obsessively focused on learning, understanding, and mastering new things, from finance strategies to playing polo. But growth doesn’t require massive changes 24/7 — for many of us it’s woven into our daily routine.

Think about it. How do you integrate growth in your life? Good methods of growing can be anything from feeding your mind with books, classes or lectures. Or perhaps even just listening to others and to the world around you. Growth can be taking a chance, a risk, or putting yourself in a situation that may be out of your wheelhouse. It also may be pushing yourself, and trying to find new ways to be a better version of yourself every single day. If you’re a business owner, then maybe it’s finding new strategies or tactics to growing your business or your investments. Or maybe it’s learning a new language or skill. It could also be something simple like trying a new kind of food, seeing a different movie than you usually do, or pushing yourself to not settle for the known but to reach, instead, for the unknown.

Growth can come in many forms. But growth creates the most impact when it leads to mastery. Remember, mastery has three levels: intellectual, emotional and physical, as Tony lays out here:

 

Repetition is the mother of skill, which is why for so many of us growth is truly addictive. Think of it this way — the more you grow, the more you’re able to master. The more you master, the more you grow. How’s that for a positive feedback cycle? And the more you bring growth into your body, the less you have to think about it.




 

How do you incorporate growth into your life? Have you made a habit of investing in yourself to grow as a person? Whether learning a new language, trying a new activity, or even attempting a new challenge, making growth a priority – and a habit – will make your life one of dynamic improvement.




 

Blog PhotoDarpan Sachdeva is the CEO and Founder of Nobel thoughts.com. With a long time passion for Entrepreneurship, Self development & Success, Darpan started his website with the intention of educating and inspiring like-minded people all over the world to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.To keep going and never get disheartened and learn from every adversity.

How to improve your life in 2017

by  Darpan Sachdeva

Its middle of January and its time for everyone to start the implementation of all the steps and plans what we have set up for us for the fulfillment of our goals for the year 2017.The video below is so motivating and i find of huge value.Its a 30 minute watch approximately and should help you energize move forward with your goal achievement.

 

Some of the essence from the video gathered is :

1.Start changing yourself if you want to change the life around youMahatma Gandhi

2.Most People fail in life because they major in minor things-Tony Robbins

3.The more time you spend in your discomfort zone,the more your comfort zone will expand-Robin Sharma

4.If you do what you’ve always done,you’ll get what you’ve always gotten-Tony Robbins

5.Progress is impossible without change,and those who cannot  change their minds cannot change any thing-George Bernard Shaw

6.If you want to live a happy life,tie it to a goal,not to people or objects-Albert Einstein

7.The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.Think different-Albert Einstein



 

Blog PhotoDarpan Sachdeva is the CEO and Founder of Nobel thoughts.com. With a long time passion for Entrepreneurship, Self development & Success, Darpan started his website with the intention of educating and inspiring like-minded people all over the world to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.To keep going and never get disheartened and learn from every adversity.

 

 

Motivational Advice from the very best for the New year 2017

by Darpan Sachdeva

The video down below  is so full of real time  motivational advice from one of the most successful people   on the planet earth. I am sure this would add value to you all  at this time of new year 2017 stepping at our doorsteps.

Some timeless advice and words of wisdom from incredible people, It is  all about finding different perspectives and viewpoints on success.

I do hope that this would help everyone  setting up goals and prepare for the new year coming.Do share your views in the comments down below if this turns you on set up your goals for the year 2017.

Blog PhotoDarpan Sachdeva is the CEO and Founder of Nobel thoughts.com. With a long time passion for Entrepreneurship, Self development & Success, Darpan started his website with the intention of educating and inspiring like minded people all over the world to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.To keep going and never get disheartened and learn from every adversity.

 

 

 

21 Life Lessons from Stoicism to lead a better life

by Darpan Sachdeva

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Stoicism was one of the four principal schools of philosophy in ancient Athens, alongside Plato’s Academy, Aristotle’s Lyceum, and Epicurus’ Garden, where it flourished for some 250 years. It proved especially popular among the Romans, attracting admirers as diverse as the statesman Seneca, the ex-slave Epictetus, and the Emperor Marcus Aurelius. It’s no surprise considering Stoicism’s emphasis on self-mastery. Success and leadership flows from the reflection in the mirror. The key is found in responding, as opposed to reacting, to external circumstances.

Stoicism is a practical philosophy that aims to help us live well.As Stoics, we learn to focus on what is in our power. We ask ourselves, “What can we do to create a good life, no matter the circumstances we find ourselves in? Responding requires being mindful, aware and in control, rather than under the control, of your emotions and thought process. We can choose to perceive events in a productive way, or a destructive way. Stoics chose to see the glass always half-full. They find the silver lining in every cloud.

These 21   lessons from Stoicism will no doubt bring positive change to lead a better and fulfilled happy life:

 

1. Think about thinking

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“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” – Marcus Aurelius.

Only an attentive mind can filter and revoke unhealthy thoughts, and subsequently, unhealthy behaviors. Stoicism taught a clear distinction between your thoughts and behavior. It’s that old adage, think before you act. The mindless person acts viscerally and regretfully. The next time you’re confronted with a frustrating conversation or your schedule is suddenly derailed, pause for a moment to create a break to process what happened, then ask yourself: What’s the best way I can respond?

 

2. Change What You Can—Forget the Rest

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“The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actually control.” -Epictetus

The single most important practice in Stoic philosophy is differentiating between what we can change and what we can’t. What we have influence over and what we do not.

3. Start LivingNew day, new beginnings

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“Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.” – Seneca.

Stoics saw each day brimming with opportunities. Remember, it only takes a single event, a single conversation, to completely change the trajectory of your life.

An awful day doesn’t have to become an awful week. Failing to meet a deadline can spread to a rejected business proposal if the fire of frustration isn’t put out. The Stoics built walls of mental compartmentalization when necessary. Little pieces of the big picture connect and affect one another. When a cancer of anger and negativity is identified, it needs to be cut out before it spreads.

A new day, a clean slate. Put a stop to the domino effect before your little errors turn into a major crises.

4. Purposed action

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“If a person doesn’t know to which port they sail, no wind is favorable.” – Seneca.

The Stoic wakes up and knows exactly what they want from their day — a clear destination and clear goals. Starting your day with writing down daily goals creates a psychological pre-commitment and self-expectation that increases the likelihood of achievement. Psychologist Dr. Gail Matthews‘ study took 267 participants and found those writing goals with specific weekly strategies had a 76 percent success rate compared with 43 percent for those who merely stated their goals.

Every action must connect with a destination. Otherwise, you can sail all day, and end up right where you started.

5. Pause And Be Grateful

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“In all things we should try to make ourselves be as grateful as possible.”-Seneca wrote to his friend Lucilius

— Think of all the things you can be grateful for today. That you are alive, that you live in a time primarily of peace, that you have enough health, leisure and access to an internet connection to read this article.

6. There’s a season

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“No great thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.” – Epictetus.

Ambitious people live ten years in the future. Patience isn’t our greatest virtue. Stoicism stressed living in accordance to our inner flow, and also to the external flow of life. Patience is not the enemy of productivity. Constantly trying to find shortcuts will send you round in circles. Quality often gets sacrificed on the altar of rapid development. Excitement can cause ignorance toward necessary procedures.

Giving something an extra day can make a great deal of difference.

7. Don’t Burn The Candle On Both Ends

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Seneca wrote in his essay On Tranquility of Mind that “the mind must be given relaxation—it will rise improved and sharper after a good break.” The mind is a muscle, and like the rest, it can be strained, overworked, even injured. Our physical health is also worn down by overcommitment, a lack of rest, and bad habits. Remember: Life is a long haul. Are you going to be able to handle the difficult moments if you’ve burned the candle at both ends?

 

8. Always Love

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“Hecato says,‘I can teach you a love potion made without any drugs, herbs, or special spell—if you would be loved, love.’” -Seneca quoting another Stoic

The Beatles put it pretty well a few centuries later, “In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.” Not just in politics, not just in tolerance, but in our personal lives. There is almost no situation in which hatred helps. Yet almost every situation is made better by love.

 

9. Remember That You Can’t Be Broken

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“You can bind up my leg, but not even Zeus has the power to break my freedom of choice.” -Epictetus

Someone can throw you in chains, but they don’t have the power to change who you are. Even under the worst torture and cruelties that humans can inflict on one another, our power over our own mind and our power to make our own decisions can’t be broken.

10. You’re already there

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“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient. Seneca.

We all believe achievement and success brings happiness but, surprisingly, the equation can be flipped — happiness brings success and achievement. Modern science has recently clued into what the Stoics knew for centuries.

Harvard psychologist Shawn Achor shared his research during a Ted Talk. Professionals from various careers who took part in a gratitude practice at the start of their day performed at a much better level than those who didn’t. Achor showed that starting with a positive mindset releases dopamine, which increases overall performance and happiness levels.

Increase your performance with positivity at the starting blocks rather than at the finish line.



11. Be Kind

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“For what can even the most malicious person do if you keep showing kindness and, if given the chance, you gently point out where they went wrong—right as they are trying to harm you?”  – Marcus Aurelius

Most rudeness, meanness, and cruelty are a mask for deep-seated weakness. Kindness in these situations is only possible for people of great strength. You have that strength. Use it.

 

12. Make peace with death

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“Rehearse death. To say this is to tell a person to rehearse his freedom. A person who has learned how to die has unlearned how to be a slave.” – Seneca.

It’s not something we like to talk about, but death is the one certainty in life. Confronting that reality is liberating. Whether we realize it or not, death anxiety is at the root of all our fears. Our fight/flight mechanism works to preserve life, to flee from death. But it often gets triggered long before death enters into the picture, crippling us from stepping outside our comfort zone to pursue passions and new creations. Confronting and coming to peace with death diminishes that slavery to fear. Stoics stared death in the face and accepted it as a natural part of life. Becoming friends with the ‘monster’ defeats it.

Steve Jobs said it beautifully, “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

 

13. Become Good Now

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“Don’t behave as if you are destined to live forever. What’s fated hangs over you. As long as you live and while you can, become good now.” -Marcus Aurelius

 

14.Focus Inward—Don’t Judge Others

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“Let philosophy scrape off your own faults, rather than be a way to rail against the faults of others,” – Seneca.

The proper direction of philosophy is focused inward—to make ourselves better and to leave other people to that task for themselves and their own journey. Leave other people to their faults.

15. Don’t Be Ashamed To Ask For Help

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“Don’t be ashamed of needing help. You have a duty to fulfill just like a soldier on the wall of battle. So what if you are injured and can’t climb up without another soldier’s help?” Marcus Aurelius

16. Do Your Job

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 In his Meditations, Marcus Aurelius asks himself: “What is your vocation?” He then answers: “To be a good person.” The Stoics believed, above all else, that our job on this earth is to be a good human being. It is a basic duty, yet we are experts at coming up with excuses for avoiding it.



17. Trust Yourself

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In Seneca’s essay on tranquility, he uses the Greek wordeuthymia, which he defines as “believing in yourself and trusting that you are on the right path, and not being in doubt by following the myriad footpaths of those wandering in every direction.” Know where you are going. Trust yourself and don’t be distracted by others.

18. Review Your Day

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In a letter to his older brother Novatus, Seneca describes a beneficial exercise he borrowed from another prominent philosopher. At the end of each day he would ask himself variations of the following questions: What bad habit did I curb today? How am I better? Were my actions just? How can I improve?Take the time today and review your day.

19. Kill Your Ego & Self-Delusion

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“It is impossible for a person to begin to learn what he thinks he already knows.” – Epictetus

Self-deception, delusions of grandeur—these aren’t just annoying personality traits. Ego is more than just off-putting and obnoxious. Instead, it’s the sworn enemy of our ability to learn and grow.

20. Persist & Resist

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“If anyone would take two words to heart and take pains to govern and watch over themselves by them, they will live an impeccable and immensely tranquil life. The two words are: persist and resist.” -Epictetus

Persist in your efforts—despite any obstacles you might face—and resist naysayers, discouragement and distractions.

 

21. Accept The Haters As They Are

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The Stoic does two things when encountering hatred or ill opinion in others. They ask: Is this opinion inside my control? If there is a chance for influence or change, they take it. But if there isn’t, they accept this person as they are. Our job is tough enough already. We don’t have time to think about what other people are thinking, even if it’s about us.



 

Blog PhotoDarpan Sachdeva is the CEO and Founder of Nobel thoughts.com. With a long time passion for Entrepreneurship, Self development & Success, Darpan started his website with the intention of educating and inspiring like minded people all over the world to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.To keep going and never get disheartened and learn from every adversity.

 

 

 

Mind blowing Inspirational quotes from the Famous in history

by Darpan Sachdeva

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1.Socrates (470/469 – 399 BC) was a classical Greek (Athenian) philosopher credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy.

“Strong Minds discuss ideas,average minds discuss events,weak minds discuss people.”-Socrates

“If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.”

-Socrates
“I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.”

― Socrates

Rumi

2.Rumi (1207 – 17 December 1273), was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic.His work has been translated in many languages around the world.

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
-Rumi

“You were born with potential.
You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness.
You were born with wings.
You are not meant for crawling, so don’t.
You have wings.
Learn to use them and fly.”
― Rumi

“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”
― Rumi

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3.Zeno of Elea (c. 490 – c. 430 BC) was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher of southern Italy and a member of the monistic Eleatic school founded by Parmenides. Aristotle declared him the inventor of the dialectic, which involves a dialogue between two or more people who may hold differing views, yet wish to pursue truth by seeking agreement with one another; in contrast to debate, in which two or more people hold differing views and wish to persuade an audience or prove one another wrong.

“By silence, I hear other men’s imperfections and conceal my own.”
― Zeno of Elea

“The avaricious man is like the barren sandy ground of the desert which sucks in all the rain and dew with greediness, but yields no fruitful herbs or plants for the benefit of others.”
― Zeno of Elea

“The goal of life is living in agreement with nature.”
― Zeno of Elea quotes

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4.Parmenides of Elea was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher from Elea in Magna Graecia (Greater Greece, included Southern Italy). He was the founder of the Eleatic school of philosophy. The single known work of Parmenides is a poem, On Nature, which has survived only in fragmentary form. In this poem, Parmenides describes two views of reality. In “the way of truth” (a part of the poem), he explains how reality (coined as “what-is”) is one, change is impossible, and existence is timeless, uniform, necessary, and unchanging. In “the way of opinion,” he explains the world of appearances, in which one’s sensory faculties lead to conceptions which are false and deceitful

“We can speak and think only of what exists. And what exists is uncreated and imperishable for it is whole and unchanging and complete. It was not or nor shall be different since it is now, all at once, one and continuous.”
― Parmenides

“It is all one to me where I begin;
for I shall come back again there.”
― Parmenides

Change is an illusion.”
― Parmenides

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5.Christopher Columbus  was an Italian explorer, navigator, colonizer, and citizen of the Republic of Genoa. Under the auspices of the Catholic Monarchs of Spain, he completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean. Those voyages and his efforts to establish permanent settlements on the island of Hispaniola initiated the European colonization of the New World.

“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
― Christopher Columbus
“The sea will grant each man new hope
The sleep brings dreams of home.”
― Christopher Columbus Quotes

“I should not proceed by land to the East, as is customary, but by a Westerly route, in which direction we have hitherto no certain evidence that any one has gone.”
― Christopher Columbus

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6.Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore (7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941) was a indian polymath. He reshaped Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Gitanjali is a collection of poems by Rabindranath Tagore. Tagore became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, largely for the English translated version of Gitanjali.

“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.”

-Rabindranatah Tagore

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7.Ludwig van Beethoven (baptised 17 December 1770 – 26 March 1827) was a German composer. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include 9 symphonies, 5 piano concertos, 1 violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis and an opera, Fidelio.

“What you are, you are by accident of birth; what I am, I am by myself. There are and will be a thousand princes; there is only one Beethoven.”
― Ludwig van Beethoven

“Even in poverty I lived like a king for I tell you that nobility is the thing that makes a king.”
― Ludwig van Beethoven quotes

“Recommend to your children virtues, that alone can make them happy, not gold.”
― Ludwig van Beethoven

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8.Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who was a leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.

“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”
― Martin Luther King Jr quotes

“I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
― Martin Luther King Jr quotes

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But…the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”
― Martin Luther King Jr quotes

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
― Martin Luther King Jr quotes

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9.George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950) was an Irish playwright, critic and polemicist. He wrote more than sixty plays, including major works such as Man and Superman (1902), Pygmalion (1912) and Saint Joan (1923). With a range incorporating both contemporary satire and historical allegory, Shaw became the leading dramatist of his generation, and in 1925 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“You see things; you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say ‘Why not?”
― George Bernard Shaw

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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10.Alan Watts (6 January 1915 – 16 November 1973) was a British philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. Born in Chislehurst, England, he moved to the United States in 1938 and began Zen training in New York

“Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way.”
― Alan Watts quotes

“I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.”
― Alan Watts quotes

“Every intelligent individual wants to know what makes him tick, and yet is at once fascinated and frustrated by the fact that oneself is the most difficult of all things to know.”
― Alan Watts

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11.Confucius (551–479 BC) was a teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history. Confucius teachings deeply influenced East Asian life and thought.The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity.

Confucius’s principles had a basis in common Chinese tradition and belief. He championed strong family loyalty, ancestor worship, respect of elders by their children and of husbands by their wives. He also recommended family as a basis for ideal government. He espoused the well-known principle “Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself”, the Golden Rule.

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
― Confucius

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
― Confucius

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
― Confucius

“When we see men of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.”
― Confucius

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12.Napoléon Bonaparte (born Napoleone di Buonaparte; 15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and its associated wars. As Napoleon I, he was Emperor of the French from 1804 until 1814, and again in 1815. One of the greatest commanders in history, his campaigns are studied at military schools worldwide and he remains one of the most celebrated and controversial political figures in Western history.

“There are but two powers in the world, the sword and the mind. In the long run the sword is always beaten by the mind”
― Napoléon Bonapart

“The best cure for the body is a quiet mind”
― Napoléon Bonaparte

“Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.”
― Napoléon Bonaparte

Imagination governs the world.”
― Napoléon Bonaparte

“Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength.”
― Napoléon Bonaparte

“The world suffers a lot. Not because the violence of bad people. But because of the silence of the good people.”
― Napoléon Bonaparte

“History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.”
― Napoléon Bonaparte

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13.Steve Jobs was an American college dropout from Reed college,Portland, Oregon, United States, who later became one of the most charismatic, inspirational, and influential person in the field of consumer electronics. Despite the fact that Steve Jobs was a dropout student, he became a Billionaire and Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Apple Inc., Co-founder and CEO of Pixar Animation Studio, and Founder and CEO of NeXT Inc.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

-Steve Jobs

For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

-Steve Jobs

Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.
-Steve Jobs

Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.

-Steve Jobs

Aristotle

14.Aristotle (384BC – 322 BC) was one of the most influential Greek philosopher and Scientist. Aristotle was student of Plato. When he was 18 year’s old he joined Plato’s academy in Athens, and remained there until the age of 37. Aristotle was teacher of Alexander the great, and teaching Alexander gave him many opportunities in future. He was associated with many subjects such Physics, Biology, Ethics, Politics, Metaphysics, Logic, aesthetics, poetry, Philosophy, theater, music, rhetoric, linguistics, Zoology. Aristotle is one of the world’s most influential and inspirational personality.

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
-Aristotle

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
-Aristotle

“To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”
-Aristotle

“Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.”
-Aristotle

“No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.”
-Aristotle

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15.Siddhartha is a novel by German Nobel Laureate, Hermann Hesse. It was first published in 1922 in German language. Siddhartha was first published in United states in 1951, and became influential in 1960’s. This book tells the story of spiritual journey of a young Indian man named Siddhartha, during the time of Gautama Buddha. Siddhartha has been translated in many languages all over the world. The book is based on the teachings of Hinduism and Buddhism.

“Your soul is the whole world.”
-Siddhartha

“A person is never entirely holy or entirely sinful.”
-Siddhartha

“Knowledge can be
conveyed, but not wisdom. It can be found, it can be lived, it is
possible to be carried by it, miracles can be performed with it, but it
cannot be expressed in words and taught.”

-Siddhartha

“When someone is seeking,” said Siddartha, “It happens quite easily that he only sees the thing that he is seeking; that he is unable to find anything, unable to absorb anything, because he is only thinking of the thing he is seeking, because he has a goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means: to have a goal; but finding means: to be free, to be receptive, to have no goal. You, O worthy one, are perhaps indeed a seeker, for in striving towards your goal, you do not see many things that are under your nose.”

-Siddhartha

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16.Eleanor Roosevelt

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt ( October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) was an American politician, diplomat, and activist. She was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, holding the post from March 1933 to April 1945 during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s four terms in office. President Harry S. Truman later called her the “First Lady of the World” in tribute to her human rights achievements.

On a few occasions, she publicly disagreed with her husband’s policies. Following her husband’s death, Eleanor remained active in politics for the rest of her life. She pressed the United States to join and support the United Nations and became one of its first delegates. In 1999, she was ranked ninth in the top ten of Gallup’s List of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century. After discovering her husbands affair with Lucy Mercer in 1918, Eleanor resolved to seek fulfillment in a public life of her own.
In April 1946, she became the first chairperson of the preliminary United Nations Commission on Human Rights, and she also served as the first United States Representative to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. The United Nations posthumously awarded her one of its first Human Rights Prizes in 1968 in recognition of her work.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

“When life is too easy for us, we must beware or we may not be ready to meet the blows which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

“If someone betrays you once, it’s their fault; if they betray you twice, it’s your fault.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

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17.Henry Ford wan American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production. He developed and manufactured the first automobile that many middle class Americans could afford. As owner of the Ford Motor Company, he became one of the richest and best-known people in the world. Henry Ford was born on a farm in Greenfield Township, Michigan. His family was not a rich family but through his hard work and talent he became one of the richest person in the world.

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. There is no disgrace in honest failure; there is disgrace in fearing to fail.”

-Henry Ford

“We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker’s damn is the history we make today. ”

-Henry Ford

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”
-Henry Ford
“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.”

-Henry Ford

“Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.”

-Henry Ford

Friedrich-Nietzsche-Quotes

18.Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (15 October 1844 – 25 August 1900) was a German philosopher, cultural critic, poet, composer, and Latin and Greek scholar. He wrote several critical texts on religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy, and science, displaying a fondness for metaphor and irony.

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

“I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

“The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

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19.Khalil Gibran was a Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer.
He is chiefly known in the English-speaking world for his 1923 book The Prophet.

“If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. If they don’t, they never were.”
― Khalil Gibran

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.”
― Khalil Gibran

“Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need. ”
― Khalil Gibran

“To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but what he aspires to.”
― Khalil Gibran

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20.Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) was the preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.

Gandhi famously led Indians in challenging the British-imposed salt tax with the 400 km (250 mi) Dandi Salt March in 1930, and later in calling for the British to Quit India in 1942. He was imprisoned for many years, upon many occasions, in both South Africa and India. Gandhi attempted to practise nonviolence and truth in all situations, and advocated that others do the same. He lived modestly in a self-sufficient residential community and wore the traditional Indian dhoti and shawl, woven with yarn hand-spun on a charkha. He ate simple vegetarian food, and also undertook long fasts as a means of both self-purification and social protest.

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

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21.Sir Isaac Newton (January 4, 1643 – March 31 1727) was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, alchemist, inventor, theologian and natural philosopher. He is widely recognized as one of the most influential scientists of all time and as a key figure in the scientific revolution. Issac Newton is most famous for discovering the Laws of Gravity

“Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.”

-Sir Isaac Newton

“God created everything by number, weight and measure.”

-Sir Isaac Newton

“Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.”

-Sir Isaac Newton

“What we know is a drop, what we don’t know is an ocean.”

-Sir Isaac Newton



 

Blog PhotoDarpan Sachdeva is the CEO and Founder of Nobel thoughts.com. With a long time passion for Entrepreneurship, Self development & Success, Darpan started his website with the intention of educating and inspiring like minded people all over the world to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.To keep going and never get disheartened and learn from every adversity.

 

Nobleness

by  Darpan Sachdeva

Prince EA

Prince EA is an American Spoken word artist and YouTuber, known for delivering amazing spoken word rhymes over the top of inspirational soundtracks.His You Tube channel is getting lots of popularity and has gained millions of views.The inspirational videos he creates are just amazing and creating a new movement amongst millennial world wide.

He puts up and asks questions in his videos that are usually not asked or not usually answered to. If you want to understand and create an impact on the world and think differently,his viodeos are a must to watch:

Down below you will find 3 of his videos that creates a new path for the humanity towards nobleness and greatness.

1.Why Most People Die Before Age 25:

This video so truly shows us how we in real world put an end to our dreams and aspirations by the time we are 25  and never challenge ourselves towards the life of our real us.The life we would in fact love to lead of true potential and abundance.

He says that life shouldn’t be something that you just get on with. Everyone can relate to this video, and the challenges Prince EA talks about are real for all of us whether we like to admit it or not.
“You will never start this video again with the same perspective you had when you                                                                  clicked play”

 

2.  I Am NOT Black, You are NOT White

This video so immensely change the way we perceive in mind the different races that co-exist in the world. Prince EA has so beautifully showed the analogy of – Our race is nothing more than a model of car but at its core, we are all the same.

He has expressed so beautifully that who we are are is found inside us and not outside.The video is so mind blowing and inspiring .

                    Who would you be if the world never gave you a label?”

 

3.MAN vs EARTH

In the video  below Prince EA so beautifully expresses his point of view on the way we humans  as species have  acted and reacted to the mother earth while we have lived here and how and what we can do to make our stay here a better one.

Only You can do it and time is of essence”





Blog PhotoDarpan Sachdeva is the CEO and Founder of Nobel thoughts.com. With a long time passion for Entrepreneurship, Self development & Success, Darpan started his website with the intention of educating and inspiring like minded people all over the world to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.To keep going and never get disheartened and learn from every adversity.

 

Motivation in life-The Goldilocks rule

by  Darpan Sachdeva

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During the course of daily routines we pick up certain tasks and leave them in between never completing them.Have you ever thought why this happens to almost all of us on daily basis.Whats the reason for this popping up of lack of motivation within us that stops us to go ahead  and live a life of abundance?

Researchers and scientists  have studied motivation for long now and have come to conclusion that human motivation is based on certain parametres.In continuation to this they have proven a  rule also called “Goldilocks Rule  to motivation”.

The Goldilocks Rule states that humans experience peak motivation when working on tasks that are right on the edge of their current abilities. Not too hard. Not too easy. Just right.

Human beings love challenges, but only if they are within the optimal zone of difficulty.
For example, imagine you are playing tennis. If you try to play a serious match against a four-year-old, you will quickly become bored. The match is too easy. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you try to play a serious match against a professional tennis player like Roger Federer or Serena Williams, you will find yourself demotivated for a different reason. The match is too difficult.

Compare these experiences to playing tennis against someone who is your equal. As the game progresses, you win a few points and you lose a few points. You have a chance of winning the match, but only if you really try. Your focus narrows, distractions fade away, and you find yourself fully invested in the task at hand. The challenge you are facing is “just manageable.” Victory is not guaranteed, but it is possible. Tasks like these, science has found, are the most likely to keep us motivated in the long term.

Tasks that are significantly below your current abilities are boring. Tasks that are significantly beyond your current abilities are discouraging. But tasks that are right on the border of success and failure are incredibly motivating to our human brains. We want nothing more than to master a skill just beyond our current horizon.

Measure Your Progress

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Its been said whats is measured is done.
If you want any part of your life to improve ,you have got to put it to some sort of measurable values.This is the boost giver that would enhance you move fully tracked towards your goals. It has to do with achieving that perfect blend of hard work and happiness.

Working on challenges of an optimal level of difficulty has been found to not only be motivating, but also to be a major source of happiness. As psychologist Gilbert Brim put it, “One of the important sources of human happiness is working on tasks at a suitable level of difficulty, neither too hard nor too easy.”

This blend of happiness and peak performance is sometimes referred to as flow, which is what athletes and performers experience when they are “in the zone.” Flow is the mental state you experience when you are so focused on the task at hand that the rest of the world fades away.

In order to reach this state of peak performance, however, you not only need to work on challenges at the right degree of difficulty, but also measure your immediate progress. As psychologist Jonathan Haidt explains, one of the keys to reaching a flow state is that “you get immediate feedback about how you are doing at each step.” The human brain is wired this way.

Two Steps to Motivation as research has shown:

If we want to break down the mystery of how to stay motivated for the long-term, down below would help:

  1. Stick to The Goldilocks Rule and work on tasks of just manageable difficulty.
  2. Measure your progress and receive immediate feedback whenever possible.
 
Wanting to improve your life is easy. Sticking with it is a different story. To stay on a motivated  mode, pick up a task or a challenge that is just within your reach,measure as you progress  and repeat the process.

Here is to your success and being motivated !!!




Blog PhotoDarpan Sachdeva is the CEO and Founder of Nobel thoughts.com. With a long time passion for Entrepreneurship, Self development & Success, Darpan started his website with the intention of educating and inspiring like minded people all over the world to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.To keep going and never get disheartened and learn from every adversity.

(Video) Steven Spielberg Commencement address-2016 at Harvard University

by Darpan Sachdeva

Steven Speilberg

My whole hearted true appreciation  and love for Steven Spielberg has again taken a new height after listening to through his commencement address at Harvard university this year.

 

 

There is so much to take home from his speech here and i do hope this would add a true value to our “Human” beings.

The lessons  gathered  here are:

1.Education is important and its never too late to learn in life.

2 Listen to your inner voice and intuition.

3.Do not turn away from whats painful.Examine it and then challenge it.

4.Know your past.

5.Do not let your morals be swayed away by convenience and expediency.

6.Make good friends.

7.Love,Support,Courage,Intuition are very important.

8 Seek a future of Justice and Peace.

9.Stay humanly connected .




Blog PhotoDarpan Sachdeva is the CEO and Founder of Nobel thoughts.com. With a long time passion for Entrepreneurship, Self development & Success, Darpan started his website with the intention of educating and inspiring like minded people all over the world to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.To keep going and never get disheartened and learn from every adversity.