(112) Micro-actions "In Ruling Your World, Sakyong Mipham notes, 'The most practical way to ensure forward movement on the path of rulership is to tra(112) Micro-actions "In Ruling Your World, Sakyong Mipham notes, 'The most practical way to ensure forward movement on the path of rulership is to train for a short time each day in changing our attitude - just 10 percent.'" -Take one small actionable step each day. -Let go of rigid expectations and be open to new opportunities. -Create a journal that focuses on your passion. Write down all your hopes, desires, dreams, things that bring you joy and happiness, and skills you love to use. -Each morning, list your three most important tasks. (I'm calling them MITs.)
(118) Time Tracking - 168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam -Most time wasted in commutes, television watching, and Internet surfing.
(139) "Ultimately, 'simplifying your life' means being open, vulnerable, and courageous enough to redefine the way you live - because you want to." -Make a list of your priorities, needs, and wants. -Create a bucket list. -Help others using your unique skills and abilities.
(151) "As we go about our daily lives, enjoying the good and coping with the bad, what are we working for? We should be treasuring our time with each other, listening and sharing more of our beautiful stories, because the time will come when we can't tell them anymore." (152) "The important thing is to make time for, and not neglect, your loved ones. Remember, life can change in an instant."
(165) "You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it." - Elizabeth Gilbert
(178) "Identify one thing you can do every day to improve a skill."...more
I would have to say, the fact that I shared the most after reading this book was when Chrissie ran the fastest run-split (Recommended by Laura Brett.
I would have to say, the fact that I shared the most after reading this book was when Chrissie ran the fastest run-split (2:52.54 marathon) of any athlete, male or female, in Ironman South Africa 2011.
My favorite, and most tagged, chapter in this book was Chapter 10: A Triathlete's Life. While most of the book Chrissie described events in her life that made her journey to becoming a triathlete and maintaining champion status, in this chapter she gives details about her program and her training and the mental side of her sport. As an athlete who is constantly trying to improve, that perspective was most interesting to me. Of course, the entire book and the description of her journey was almost unbelievable, because it was so amazing, but I liked learning more about what makes her tick.
On remaining positive, "Develop a mind bank of positive images and thoughts - family, friends, previous successes, favorite places, a big plate of chips. You need to build it up as you would any collection, but soon you will have a range of thought to flick through when next your body and soul are screaming for relief."
On repetition and boredom, "There is a lot of repetitive activity in an athlete's life, particularly in ironman, and you need to learn to handle it. The best way of improving your capacity to endure boredom is to endure boredom. Spend time training on your own and challenge your mind to stay focused."
"The mind constantly wanders when you are engaged in a repetitive activity for a prolonged period. Many's the time I have been thinking of other things, only to snap out of it and say, 'Wake up! You're in a race here!' This is natural, but ou have to be aware of it and to learn to stay in the moment. If your mind wanders, so does your body. You should constantly be asking yourself questions. Are my arms relaxed? Is my face? Am I working as hard as I can? Am I breathing into my belly, or am I stopping in my throat?... There should be a regular check/feedback mechanism, whether you're in training or in a race." - Personally, the minute my mind wanders is the minute I stumble on the sidewalk crack or on a small rock or tree root. Lately I've been noticing my foot gets lazy and points sideways if I'm not focused. I constantly check in during races in terms of landmarks, distance completed and distance remaining, how I feel at the moment, etc. I've never run with music and I don't think it would be best for my training because I like to maintain that focus and listen to my body.
"Never ever give up - and smile."
"The brain is programmed to protect us, and that can mean imposing limits on what it thinks we can or should do. Constantly push at those limits, because the brain can be way too cautious." "We should constantly question it, fight it. That means enduring pain." "There is a very real process of refinement going on. You are not just working your muscles and lungs, you are working your brain to learn to accept each new level of exertion as something that can be endured safely." - There was something similar that Scott Jurek mentioned in his book, "Eat and Run", to the tune of "Not all pain is significant." - Listen to your body, you know it best, and stop when the pain seems serious, but be aware that when you are pushing your limits, it will be UNCOMFORTABLE!
"To my amazement, at so many stages along the way, the limits that I thought I could see in the distance dissolved as I approached them. They turned out not to be real at all, but mere assumptions. And that has been the most exciting revelation of all."...more