These are some of my favorite tools, books, authors, and references that are helping me live with awareness, be inspired, and grow personally.
Yoga with Adriene - I really like her at home yoga classes. She has a lot of variety, good tips, is fun, and portrays what yoga is really about.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? - Marianne Williamson
Whether you think you can or you think you can't, either way, you're right. - Henry Ford
We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone.
- Ronald Reagan
I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'
- Muhammad Ali
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. - Steve Jobs
The Greatest Salesman in the World - Og Mandino
Every time I reread these I am impressed by just how powerful they truly are. I have them hung up next to my computer screen, so I see them as often as possible.
Excerpt of the Ten Scrolls
1. Today I begin a new life.
"Failure no longer will be my payment for my struggle...In truth, the only difference between those who have failed and those who have succeeded lays in the differences of their habits...I will form good habits and become their slave."
2. I will greet this day with love in my heart.
"I will welcome happiness for it enlarges my heart; yet I will endure sadness for it opens my soul...And most of all I will love myself. For when I do I will zealously inspect all things which enter my body, my mind, my soul, and my heart."
3. I will persist until I succeed.
"If I persist, if I continue to charge forward, I will succeed. I will persist until I succeed. I was not delivered unto this world in defeat, nor does failure course in my veins. I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd. I am a lion and I refuse to talk, to walk, to sleep with the sheep. I will not hear those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious. Let them join the sheep. The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny. I will persist until I succeed."
4. I am nature's greatest miracle.
"Within me burns a flame, which has been passed from generations uncounted, and its heat is a constant irritation to my spirit to become better than I am, and I will. I will fan this flame of dissatisfaction and proclaim my uniqueness to the world...I am rare, and there is value in all rarity; therefore, I am valuable."
5. I will live this day as if is was my last.
"I will avoid with fury the killers of time. Procrastination I will destroy with action; doubt I will bury under faith; fear I will dismember with confidence...I will live this day as if it is my last. And if it is not, I shall fall to my knees and give thanks."
6. Today I will be master of my emotions.
"All nature is a circle of moods and I am a part of nature and so, like the tides, my moods will rise; my moods will fall...There will always be days when I must constantly struggle against forces which would tear me down. Those such as despair and sadness are simple to recognize, but there are others, which approach with a smile and the hand of friendship, and they can also destroy me. Against them, too, I must never relinquish control...Henceforth I will recognize and identify the mystery of moods in all mankind, and in me. From this moment I am prepared to control whatever personality awakes in me each day....I will become master of myself. I will become great."
7. I will laugh at the world.
"Four words I will train myself to say until they become a habit so strong that immediately they will appear in my mind whenever good humor threatens to depart me...This too shall pass...Never will I allow myself to become so important, so wise, so dignified, so powerful, that I forget how to laugh at myself and my world."
8. Today I will multiply my value a hundredfold.
"...my failures, my despairs, my ignorance, and my inabilities are the darkness in which I have been planted in order to ripen...I too must nurture my body and mind to fulfill my dreams...Never will I be of concern that my goals are too high for is it not better to aim my spear at the moon and strike only an eagle than to aim my spear at the eagle and strike only a rock?"
9. I will act now.
"Action, alone, is the tinder which ignites...my dreams, my plans, my goals, into a living force. Action is the food and drink which will nourish my success...I will remember the lesson of the firefly who gives off its light only when it is on the wing, only when it is in action. I will become the firefly and even in the day my glow will be seen in spite of the sun...I will be the firefly and my light will brighten the world."
10. I will pray for guidance.
"Only for guidance I will pray, that I may be shown the way to acquire (my desires), and my prayer will always be answered."