When performance is measured, performance improves. When performance is measured and reported, the rate of improvement accelerates.
— Thomas Monson
Naming an emotion begins the process of regulating it and reflecting on it
— Dr. Sue Johnson
If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.
During a concert, a pop singer talked to the large audience, telling them that it is not true when they say to themselves that they are not beautiful, not important, and so on. Then she continued with some simple words that resonated with the audience:
“Now, let me tell you the things you REALLY are not:
You are NOT the opinion of somebody who doesn’t know you.
You are NOT damaged goods just because you’ve made mistakes in your life.
You are NOT going nowhere just because you haven’t gotten where you want to go yet.”
A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.
– Henry Ward Beecher
Eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of day.
– Mark Twain
Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out
– Robert Frost
If A is a success in life, then A equals X plus Y plus Z. Work is X; Y is play; and Z is keeping your mouth shut.
– Albert Einstein
Die with memories, not dreams.
There are thousands and thousands of people out there living lives of quiet, screaming desperation who work long, hard hours, at jobs they hate, to enable them to buy things they don’t need to impress people they don’t like
– Nigel Marsh
Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.
– Leo F. Buscaglia
Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.
– Swedish Proverb
If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.
– E. Joseph Cossman
People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.
– George Bernard Shaw
Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.
– Dale Carnegie
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.
– Elbert Hubbard
If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.
– George F. Burns
Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.
– Arthur Somers Roche
If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you’ll die a lot of times.
– Dean Smith
When one has too great a dread of what is impending, one feels some relief when the trouble has come.
– Joseph Joubert
That the birds of worry and care fly over your head, this you cannot change, but that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent.
– Chinese Proverb
Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere.
– Erma Bombeck
There is a great difference between worry and concern. A worried person sees a problem, and a concerned person solves a problem.
– Harold Stephen
People get so in the habit of worry that if you save them from drowning and put them on a bank to dry in the sun with hot chocolate and muffins they wonder whether they are catching a cold.
– John Jay Chapman
The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.
– Robert Frost
We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.
– John Newton
The things that get scheduled are the things that get done.
– Robin Sharma
Your day is your life in miniature.
– Robin Sharma
Food is the most abused anxiety drug. Exercise is the most underutilized antidepressant.
Worrying works! 90% of the things I worry about never happen.
Life would be perfect if Anger had a Mute button, Mistake had a Back button, Hard time had a Fast Forward button and Good time had a Pause button.
Any man who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.
– Samuel Goldwyn
Mar 8, 2016
…there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
–(Hamlet: Act 2, Scene 2)
Mar 1, 2016
We have two lives, and the second one begins when we realize we only have one.
Feb 22, 2016
Shakespeare on the effect of alcohol on sex:
…it provokes and unprovokes. It provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance.
—(Macbeth Act 2. Scene 3)
Psychiatry is the stepchild of medicine and addiction is the stepchild of psychiatry.
–Dheeraj Raina, MD
People don’t change when they see the light, they change when they feel the heat.
When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.
Change breaks the brittle.
—Jan Houtema (via Paul Graham)
Focusing attention has been compared to controlling a troop of wild monkeys. Attention craves novelty. It needs to be entertained and loves to leap from branch to branch making new connections.
(Heard in a different context but so relevant to ADHD!)
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