Thanks to the loyal bunch

As many of you know, one of my goals for this blog was and is to reach one million views. So far I reached a little bit more than 500.000 views, and I am really proud of that.

But what makes me way more proud and very thankful are my loyal readers, the subscribers who get my posts every day. Some of you read the mail, some the rss-feed and some might just read the posts via wordpress. Together you make up the loyal readership that I can address every single day and as of this week you reached the 2000-people-barrier.

Wow! To be honest, it took me quite a while to grasp the fact that every day or at least every other day, 2000 people are reading my posts. As you know I do not use this blog for anything else than posting quotes and (very infrequently) some texts about motivation and I intend to keep it that way. I am very grateful for your loyalty and I enjoy the constant growth of my readership a lot. You are a big reason for me to prepare a post every day, you give me the motivation to keep this blog alive. And in return, I try my best to give you some motivation for your everyday struggles.

That’s it for today, just a big THANK YOU for your support and your trust in my content.

Best wishes,

Phil

Take a break

The best time to take a break is when you think you do not have the time for it at all.

Do not get this wrong: This is not meant to encourage breaks all over the day, everyday.

But often times we forget to take a deep breath every once in a while when things get busy. But that is exactly the time we need some break time.

Give yourself the freedom to take those breaks in busy times. It will give you back your focus and determination and that is what you ultimately need.

/phil

Choices and sleep!

Every morning you have to choices: Continue to sleep with your dreams. Or wake up and chase them.

/phil

Live to the fullest!

See, the problem with doing things to prolong your life is that all the extra years come at the end, when you’re old.

Live your live to the fullest! Enjoy the perks of life now and do not constantly worry about the future. Living long is not worth anything as long as you merely exist. Living is only worth anything as long as you truly live.

Don’t waste your time preparing for growing old securely. Live!

/phil

Some basic life advice on friends

Time decides who you meet in life,

your heart decides who you want in your life,

and your behavior decides who stays in your life.

/phil

Keep struggling, the reward is waiting!

Any man’s finest hour is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle victorious.

/phil

Make choices or they will be made for you! The discipline post

A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance. So if you now number yourself among the disenchanted, then you have no choice but to accept things as they are, or to seriously seek something else.

Hunter S. Thompson

Feeling indecisive today? Start making decisions and get better at it.

One important step is to not stay in your head for too long. If you find yourself caught up in there, thinking about a million possible outcomes and opportunities and whatnot, just get out! Busy yourself, go for a walk, get up for a run or just do some chores that are due.

You do not want to get stuck in your head, thinking about your life and your decisions, you rather want to make those decisions! Making decisions has a lot to do with discipline because often times a decision is feared because the consequences will result in work. Discipline and the 3 second rule may help you with that.

The 3 second rule or as I like to call it the “No hestitation rule” states not to even begin thinking about certain tasks. Take for example getting up in the morning. Your alarm clock rings and what is the first thing that you would normally do? You would go up into your head and search for excuses to sleep in. You would do the math, think about how long you can possibly sleep today, set a new alarm and fall asleep. But there was a reason for the early alarm in the first place and you have to be strong now to be happy later.

So instead of allowing yourself that excuse-time, you just get up, before you can start thinking. You get up and start your day, maybe eat something, maybe work out, maybe take a shower, whatever it is that you do in the morning. This will become your routine, your credo. Once the alarm goes off, your day has started, no matter what else. This way it will become easier over time, because you will get used to it. Our minds and bodies love being used to something, they hate change. Get used to this discipline of trusting your former self.

Discipline is doing what you don’t want to do, when you don’t want to do it.

You have set yourself the goal of learning at 2pm today? Well, it’s 2:01, so get started! No excuses, no procrastination, just get started. Same with chores that don’t take a lot of time.

Take the following situation: You have some spare time, sit around, surf the web. Suddenly your look wanders through the room and it dawns on you: Jesus, I should really vacuum in here.

Normal, slobby outcome: “Well yeah, I’ll do that some time soon”

Ideal outcome: Just get up and do it. It will take 5, maybe 10 minutes (that you would have spend looking at cats anyway) and afterwards you’ll feel awesome. Yes, even vacuuming your room can feel awesome, because it is applied discipline and it makes you feel being actually in control of your life. 

These small things, like doing chores right when they pop up or bigger things, like getting up at certain (maybe brutal) hours are things that don’t work perfectly tommorow if they did not work today at all. You have to train them over time and you have to be patient.

Be willing to fail and do not judge yourself. The only possible mistake is to give up after a short time, because you did not show the discipline at several occasions. That is even a greater reason to keep up the training.

Discipline is like a muscle (and a big one, trust me!), it has to be trained continuously! Even if you have aquired a certain level of discipline, you can’t stop. You have to maintain your discipline muscle like any other one. Start small, start today, never stop! Train your discipline, like you train your body. If you do not train your body: Also start today! Maintaining mental and physical health is extremely important and feels awesome!

Practice and enjoy!

/phil