“There is no finish line,” and other secrets about life

I have been following Gretchen Rubin for about a year now, and I have to say her tips are very helpful. If you haven’t picked up The Happiness Project, you definitely should. It’s a self-help book that is fully devoted to making your life happier. Who wouldn’t want to read it? You can click here for a sample chapter.

Her process isn’t something that changes overnight, but rather a life-altering foundation of advice, lessons, and challenges that take time and dedication to produce change. I have also gone through her FREE 21 Day Relationship Challenge, which was really exciting.

Anyway, what I love most about her are her “Secrets of Adulthood“. They are so simple but can really change your view about things, and she’s constantly adding on to them daily. Her next book, Before and After, is about breaking habits and I am HIGHLY looking forward to getting that one. Recently, she posted some secrets just about habits that I thought were worth sharing.

Get ready to crush everything you know or think you know about life…


We’re more like other people than we suppose, and less like other people than we suppose.
A slight delay is the easiest way; no delay is the easiest way.
Prioritize prioritizing.
Well begun is half done.
Don’t expect to be motivated by motivation.
Practice makes permanent.
Things often get harder before they get easier.
What we assume will be temporary often becomes permanent; what we assume is permanent often proves temporary.
There is no finish line.
It’s easier to keep up than to catch up.
By giving something up, we gain.
When we give more to ourselves, we can ask more from ourselves.
We can’t make people change, but when we change, others change.
The biggest waste of time is to do well something that we need not do at all.
Make it easy to do right, and hard to go wrong.
Make sure the things we do to make ourselves feel better don’t make us feel worse.
To keep going, we sometimes need to allow ourselves to stop.
Working is one of the most dangerous forms of procrastination.
Most decisions don’t require extensive research.
Self-regard isn’t selfish. Progress, not perfection.
Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
The more we accept ourselves, and what’s right for us, the more other people accept us.
Nothing stays in Vegas.
Things look messier before they look tidier.
What we do every day matters more than what we do once in a while.
What’s best? Getting better.
Self-sacrifice can be self-indulgent.
Not choosing is a choice.
Everything counts.
Slow progress can be more frustrating than no progress.

Definitely food for thought…

I think we all have a few habits we need to break. Maybe some of these “secrets” stick out to you more than others. Make a list [and add your own] and hang them on your mirror, by your desk, in your car, or wherever you’ll be reminded of them. It’s important to change our attitude about how we see and do things.

*Courtesy of GretchenRubin.com


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