In the notes on my phone, you'll find a very long list of wisdom titled, "favorite quotes I find reading".
Every book I read adds something into my life - whether that be perspective, philosophy, or nuggets of knowledge. And in each book, there is always bound to be at least one phrase or idea that consumes my attention for a moment, before ending up on that glorious list.
2020 - the longest decade of our lives - is finally coming to an end. And to help get you through the final home stretch that is December, I'm sharing 21 quotes pulled directly from some pretty inspiring books.
Read these quotes as if they are being said to you directly.
“You only have control over three things in your life. The thoughts you think. The images you visualise, and the actions you take." - Jack Canfield
-The present moment is all you ever have. There is never a time when your life is not “this moment.” -Deepak Chopra
“You are perfect. To think anything less is as pointless as a river thinking it’s got too many curves or that it moves too slowly or that it’s rapids are too rapid. Says who? You’re on a journey with no defined beginning, middle, or end. There are no wrong twists and turns. There is just being. And your job is to be as you as you can be. This is why you’re here. To shy away from who you truly are would leave the world you-less. You are the only you there is and ever will be. I repeat, you are the only you there is and ever will be. Do not deny the world it’s one and only chance to bask in your brilliance.” -Jen Sincero
“The chance that you, meaning exactly you, would ever be born are 1 in 1.3 times ten to the twenty-ninth power. In other words, 130,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 to 1. You and I, my friend, are two incredibly, amazingly, unbelievably lucky people.” -Roy Williams
“If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise.” -Robert Fritz
“Happiness comes through good judgment, good judgment comes through experience, and experience comes through bad judgement.” -Robin Sharma
“It is wise to question all of your assumptions about how things are done and be open to new possibilities” - Jack Canfield
“Success is a process, not an event.” —Gary Halbert
"But more significantly, it is important to experience as much in life as possible and not fear failure. It’s not whether you win or lose in life that’s important but whether you play the gams. Lose enough and eventually you will win- it’s only a matter of time." -Joseph Sugarman
It is impossible to feel bad and at the same time have good thoughts." -Rhonda Byrne
“The best way to get a good idea is to get a lot of ideas.” —Linus Pauling
"Maybe you are searching among the branches for what only appears in the roots." -Rumi
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” -Albert Einstein
“Do the right things. Act in a way that is congruent with your true character. Act with integrity. Be guided by your heart. The rest will take care of itself.” -Robin Sharma
“I once heard someone equate the universe to an ocean of abundance. The ocean doesn’t care whether we bring a teaspoon or a bucket; it’s simply there to provide abundance. So why not bring the bucket? Opening yourself to greater abundance and bigger dreams is a service both to yourself and humankind.” -Deepak Chopra
“Desire is the fuel, intention is the vehicle, vision is the road, and faith is the centerline that’s guides us and helps us take our dreams from potential to reality.” -Deepak Chopra
"Think of it this way: we understand that a television station’s transmission tower broadcasts via a frequency, which is transformed into pictures on your television. Most of us don’t really understand how it works, but we know that each channel has a frequency, and when we tune into that frequency we see the pictures on our television. We choose the frequency by selecting the channel, and we then receive the pictures broadcast on that channel. If we want to see different pictures on our television, we change the channel and tune into a new frequency." -Charles Haanel
“All that we are is a result of what we have thought.” -Buddha
“Avoid labels and judgment while you do whatever you do. For each circumstance is a gift, and in each experience is hidden a treasure.” -Neale Donald Walsch
”One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” -Sigmund Freud
“Everything happens for a reason. Every event has a purpose and every setback it’s lesson.” -Robin Sharma
Through adversity comes resilience - and through resilience, comes growth. It's okay to get beaten down - because it's when we're down - that we learn just how strong we actually are. Our ability to get back up every time. Our power to choose whether to sink or swim. It's in those conscious choices, that our free will shines.
You have gotten through everything this life has thrown your way. And you will get through this, too.
When anxiety sucks all the air out of the room, remember that you have free will - and remind yourself to breathe.
You are in control of your thoughts. Pull them back into the present moment. Anxiously anticipating the future will bring you no peace. But focusing on everything you have to be grateful for in this moment, will.
Peace and love my friends. See you in 2021:)