1. It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.
2. If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present.
3. Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.
4. It is not for me to judge another man’s life. I must judge, I must choose, I must spurn, purely for myself. For myself, alone.
5. Whenever something bad happens, keep calm, take a few deep breaths and shift the focus to something positive.
6. Very occasionally, if you pay really close attention, life doesn’t suck.
7. Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.
8. The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down.
9. When you connect to the silence within you, that is when you can make sense of the disturbance going on around you.
10. The true measure of success is how many times you can bounce back from failure.
11. To conquer frustration, one must remain intensely focused on the outcome, not the obstacles.
12. My most important piece of advice to all you would-be writers: When you write, try to leave out all the parts readers skip.
13. Instead of focusing on how much you can accomplish, focus on how much you can absolutely love what you’re doing.
14. Reality is a projection of your thoughts or the things you habitually think about.
15. Our way of thinking creates good or bad outcomes.
16. Judgment is a negative frequency.
17. When your back is to the wall and you are facing fear head on, the only way is forward and through it.
18. Life is short. Focus on what really matters most; you should change your priorities over time.
19. Focusing is about saying No.
20. Success will be within your reach only when you start reaching out for it.
21. Before you can successfully make friends with others, first you have to become your own friend.
22. No matter how small you start, always dream big.
23. I make love with a focus and intensity that most people reserve for sleep.
24. It sometimes takes a state of solitude to bring to mind the real power of companionship.
25. Temperamentally anxious people can have a hard time staying motivated, period, because their intense focus on their worries distracts them from their goals.
26. Always focus on the front windshield and not the review mirror.
27. The true definition of mental illness is when the majority of your time is spent in the past or future, but rarely living in the realism of NOW.
28. I didnt pay atteniton to times or distance, instead focusing on how it felt just to be in motion, knowing it wasn’t about the finish line but how I got there that mattered.
29. The time that leads to mastery is dependent on the intensity of our focus.
30. Simplicity is ultimately a matter of focus.
31. Sometimes we focus so much on what we don’t have that we fail to see, appreciate, and use what we do have!
32. You can’t get attention of one who focused on himself.
33. You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.
34. If you want to concentrate deeply on some problem, and especially some piece of writing or paper-work, you should acquire a cat. Alone with the cat in the room where you work … the cat will invariably get up on your desk and settle placidly under the desk lamp … The cat will settle down and be serene, with a serenity that passes all understanding. And the tranquility of the cat will gradually come to affect you, sitting there at your desk, so that all the excitable qualities that impede your concentration compose themselves and give your mind back the self-command it has lost. You need not watch the cat all the time. Its presence alone is enough. The effect of a cat on your concentration is remarkable, very mysterious.
35. When you fail, that is when you get closer to success.
36. Doing the tough things sets winners apart from losers.
37. Everyone’s time is limited. What matters most is to focus on what matters most.
38. Inspiration is the windfall from hard work and focus. Muses are too unreliable to keep on the payroll.
39. Whatever you do, do it with purpose. Being focused is not something to be ashamed of. It is something to be proud of. When you know what are you are doing and have a clear vision of where you are going, you will not need to chase opportunities. Opportunities will seek you. Happiness will chase you. And, instead of being a choice, you will be the one choosing.
40. In those days a boy on the classical side officially did almost nothing but classics. I think this was wise; the greatest service we can to education today is to teach few subjects. No one has time to do more than a very few things well before he is twenty, and when we force a boy to be a mediocrity in a dozen subjects we destroy his standards, perhaps for life.
41. Real women fight for something, other than their own emotions.
42. If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present.
43. Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.
44. Jobs insisted that Apple focus on just two or three priorities at a time. “There is no one better at turning off the noise that is going on around him,” Cook said. “That allows him to focus on a few things and say no to many things. Few people are really good at that.
45. Long before they had ever met, I think this destiny awaited them. They were not like ships passing in the night. It wasn’t like they didn’t understand each other. They understood each other better than anyone else, and each was focused solely on the other.
46. Be on guard. The road widens, and many of the detours are seductive.
47. It’s not always that we need to do more but rather that we need to focus on less.
48. If you really want to focus on something, says Castellanos, the optimum amount of time to spend on it is ninety minutes. “Then change tasks. And watch out for interruptions once you’re really concentrating, because it will take you twenty minutes to recover.
49. Don’t think about what can happen in a month. Don’t think about what can happen in a year. Just focus on the 24 hours in front of you and do what you can to get closer to where you want to be.
50. Find your focus by seeking all that is good in your life.
51. Gratitude was never meant to be an excuse for giving up on the obstacles God has put before you. Some of the most magical things he can bring us require faith and a lot of planning.
52. Happiness is something we reap from the seeds we sow. Plant misery seeds and that us what you reap.
53. It’s as if when I open myself up to every perception, things create their own focus.
54. People who are diagnosed as having “generalized anxiety disorder” are afflicted by three major problems that many of us experience to a lesser extent from time to time. First and foremost, says Rapgay, the natural human inclination to focus on threats and bad news is strongly amplified in them, so that even significant positive events get suppressed. An inflexible mentality and tendency toward excessive verbalizing make therapeutic intervention a further challenge.
55. Whatever your passion is, keep doing it. Don’t waste time chasing after success or comparing yourself to others. Every flower blooms at a different pace. Excel at doing what your passion is and only focus on perfecting it. Eventually people will see what you are great at doing, and if you are truly great, success will come chasing after you.
56. Bring the mind into sharp focus and make it alert so that it can immediately intuit truth, which is everywhere. The mind must be emancipated from old habits, prejudices, restrictive thought processes and even ordinary thought itself.
57. What are the five products you want to focus on? Get rid of the rest, because they’re dragging you down. They’re turning you into Microsoft. They’re causing you to turn out products that are adequate but not great.
58. Ah yes, the head is full of books. The hard part is to force them down through the bloodstream and out through the fingers.
59. If life throws you a few bad notes or vibrations, don’t let them interrupt or alter your song.
60. He well knew his mind’s natural tendency to be endlessly on a thousand subjects at once, to flit from this to that and to the next thing to no particular purpose–indeed, he called it his “butterfly mind.