It’s no secret that I’m a massive fan of cognitive behavioural therapy and positive psychology. Quite recently I also started practising mindfulness and doing yoga, and my mind has never felt so clear. The words I live by are a mixture of all these things as well as many, many quotes. You can read more quotes on my Pinterest board Lovely words.
○ Live in the present, don’t dwell on the past and don’t worry about the future. The only moment that exists is now. Focus on it.
○ The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. – Sylvia Plath
○ Make the most of what you’ve got. (My mum instilled this in me from a very early age.)
○ What you think decides how you feel and how you feel decides what you think. Notice your negative thought processes and behaviour patterns. Find productive patterns to replace them with.
○ Set goals and work towards them. Don’t dream it, be it.
○ Avoid using self-imposed demanding words such as ‘should’ and ‘must’. Avoid using vague words such as ‘wish’ and ‘hope’.
○ Own your feelings. Don’t let them own you. You are responsible for your (re)actions because no one else can control how you feel or behave.
○ Ask yourself what “problem” you have right now, not next year, tomorrow, or five minutes from now. What is wrong with this moment? You can always cope with the Now, but you can never cope with the future – nor do you have to. The answer, the strength, the right action or the resource will be there when you need it, not before, not after. – Eckhart Tolle
○ They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. – Andy Warhol
○ Don’t play the victim of your circumstances. You are not what has happened to you anymore than you choose to be. Learn from bad experiences, forgive and move on.
○ Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate.
○ Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art. – Andy Warhol
○ Communication is the key, with yourself and the outside world. Most arguments are just misunderstandings.
○ Be aware of idiosyncratic thinking. People interpret experiences differently.
What words do you live by?