Sunday Thinking

"You can only control what you can control. Let the rest go."

The weekly Sunday Thinking newsletter is quick-hit content that aims to provide a booster shot to your thought process as you end and start your week.

"There are many phenomena in life that we cannot control examples include aging, illness, an angry boss, the weather, poor reception to our work, our competition, and the missteps of our children. What we can control, however, is what we do in response, and that is where our focus ought to lie."

― Brad Stulberg, Master of Change

Image by Astral Emergia

I. We Move Forward With It

Grief is not an emotion to move on from.

  • It’s a reality to move forward with.

  • Coping is not about forgetting those we love.

  • It’s about finding ways to keep their memory alive.

We pay respects by leading a life that honors their legacy.

Source: Nora McInerny, TED Talks

II. Discipline Equals Freedom

People look for the shortcut. The hack. And if you came here looking for that:

  • You won’t find it.

  • The shortcut is a lie.

  • The hack doesn’t get you there.

And if you want to take the easy road, it won’t take you to where you want to be:

  • Reaching goals, overcoming obstacles, and becoming the best version of yourself will not happen by itself.

  • It will not happen by cutting corners, taking shortcuts, or looking for the easy way.

There is no easy way. There is only one way — the way of discipline.

Source: Jocko Willink, Extreme Ownership

III. Keep Showing Up

Life doesn’t demand perfection.

  • It doesn’t require you to be constantly fearless, confident, or self-assured.

  • It simply requires that you keep showing up.

Source: Marie Forleo, Everything Is Figureoutable

IV. Question

What are three micro ways you'd like to grow this month?

V. This Week, I Will

  1. Keep dreaming.

  2. Keep doing.

  3. Keep growing.

  4. Keep climbing.

  5. Keep showing up.

The Last Words…

"If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its way of fighting back, that sometimes something happens better than all the riches or power in the world. It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb."

― Mary Oliver, Don’t Hesitate