Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish quotes on being present

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In the moment some choices seem small: we eat the chocolate bar, take a shortcut, or cancel a date. However, the accumulation of those tiny decisions adds up over months and years and makes a huge difference. Today’s choices become tomorrow’s reality.


Calm your mind. Train your body. Master your craft. Be present in the moment.


Don't speak about what you've done in the past. Don't speak about what you're going to do in the future. Only speak about what you're doing now.


Confidence is less about what you’ve done in the past and more about how you talk to yourself in the present.


So much of life is being present with the people you love.


So simple. So Powerful. Be fully present with the people you are with.


Fear is thinking something bad might happen in the future. The more we fixate on the "something," the more paralyzed we get. Deciding not to act is often about avoiding the feeling of fear in the present. Courage isn't the absence of fear. Courage is acting in the face of fear.


What matters in the moment rarely matters in life. Yet what matters in life always matters in the moment.


Knowing what's important is more important than it used to be.


The surest route to happiness is being present with indifference.


Pattern recognition works better in low change environments. In high change environments, it’s more likely that things that didn’t work in the past will work now.

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