Antonio Martina
Aug 28, 2018 · 5 min read
  1. “Excellence is not being the best. It is doing your best.”
    Get up, show up, and never give up. The best remedy to regret is doing everything you can do on a constant basis, without ever trying to compare your life to other’s. When you engage in that kind of foolishness, you’ll end up feeling bitter, because, by out natural tendencies, we’ll never make such comparisons fair and equal. Take advantage of your limitless potential by setting out specific and ambitious goals and go out there smashing them.
  2. “Life is a journey, not a destination.”
    Are you still convinced that happiness will come to you someday?
    Unfortunately, someday is not a day at all, and if you keep postponing your eagerness and determination to live a better life, personal fulfillment will forever stay a dream. Enjoy every step you take, every decision you make and every small thing that gets you closer to appreciate life. There’s a reason if “enjoy the process” is one of the most cliché sayings of all times.
  3. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
    How many times did we try to fit ourselves into some predetermined path in life, just because someone else steered us that way?
    Growing up we were told we could have been everything we wanted to.
    What happened then?
    At some point, the script kicks in. All of a sudden we stop fantasizing about what might happen and start thinking about how to please our parents. Good grades. University. Degrees. Job. Safety.
    Sometimes what we need to do is just stop going through the motions and start pursuing more satisfying routes instead. A degree won’t make you a better or smarter person, just like a normal and safe job won’t make you an honest and hard-working individual.
    Start looking for what makes you tick, and do more of it, looking no further than the intrinsic satisfaction you get every time you engage in it. Shine in your own way.
  4. “Don’t look back. You’re not going that way.”
    You know what’s beautiful about life? It’s the fact that every single day we have a decision. We can choose to learn new things, improve our health, or just hang out with more positive and supportive people.
    If you’re a human being, chances are you’ve definitely made tons of mistakes, most of which you’re not very proud of.
    But if the universe doesn’t care, why should you?
    Focusing your mind on the future is no easy task. As a matter of fact, we dwell on our past so much that we literally blindfold ourselves when real opportunities to improve and move forward show up.
    But what value does it eventually bring? The past can’t be undone anyway. Life is not about who you once were; it is about who you are and the person you have the potential to be. Learn, therefore, to embrace the present, filling it with productive actions that will lead you to a better tomorrow.
  5. “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”
    At some point, we all take notice of some circumstances in our lives that we don’t like or that we know are not particularly conducive to our goals.
    Yet everyday we listen to stories of people who managed to become massively successful despite having to deal with far worse scenarios.
    How did they do it?
    The answer is actually quite simple: they acknowledged their circumstances, but they knew they had the power to change them.
    The difference between proactive and reactive people is the difference between successful and unsuccessful ones.
    Those who are reactive are easily affected by their environment, while proactive people know that their state of mind can’t be influenced by external factors.
    It’s fine to acknowledge the situation you’re in, but that is just the beginning: don’t stop there. Understand what’s in your control, then change for the better everything you have the power to. The victim card is an awful long-term strategy, especially if you’re looking for happiness.
  6. “It’s not the length of life, but depth of life.”
    We’re all dying, but very few of us are truly living. Life is too short to get caught up in complaint and dissatisfaction about our current condition.
    It’s too short to simply go through the motions too. Routines are powerful; if anything, it’s the power of routine that allows us to store more reserves of willpower in ourselves. At the same time, two things can help us sustain that grind:
    - The ability to foresee the future, changing our direction according to the aim we set;
    - The freedom to break the routine itself through deep and meaningful experiences.
    At the end of the day, it’s not just about who we want to become in life; it’s about gradually developing ourselves into that persona.
  7. “Very little is needed to make an happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
    I couldn’t mention perspective without stoicism, for perspective is what stoicism is made of.
    Be optimist. See the glass half-full instead of half-empty. Count your blessings.
    Whatever your motto is, make sure you have a mental crutch that sustains you through both the best and worst of times.
    It is well known that our minds are the reason of the lives we live. Therefore, spending time in the cultivation of a positive outlook one’s life can never be considered time wasted.
  8. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
    One shot. That’s all you get in life. One shot at making your dreams come true. No reset buttons, no re-spawn. And since you don’t know how long you’re going to live, you might as well make the most out of each day you have.
    That’s the time to turn dreams into doable, measurable goals, and start attacking them like there’s no tomorrow.
    Time never stops. Neither should you.
  9. “Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.”
    If you keep trying, you’ll never know whay might happen. If you quit, however, you’ll know for sure.
    Unfortunately I don’t know you, nor do I know what dreams and goals you have. But if you’re at least near to being ambitious, you’re probably going to fail and hit low points in your life.
    Sooner or later it will happen. That’s just the way it is.
    But that doesn’t mean you should stop.
    Being able to get up after an hard fall shows resilience, it shows you’re hard to beat, and it ultimately allows you to get another shot at your goals. So never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place.
  10. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”
    Once again, the power of the mind can’t be questioned.
    You can write down anything you want to. Goals and aspirations look good on paper, but if you lack belief and self-suggestion, it’d be impossible for you to accomplish them.
    If you’re not able to mentally envisioning yourself achieving something, you’ll experience a lot of struggle.
    That’s why belief constitutes half the journey and represents the first step towards the attainment of huge results.
    And by the way, if you don’t believe you can, who will?

Antonio Martina

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