6 Life Lessons Winston Churchill These essential fundamentals will guide you to improve your life.
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
He was an inspirational British leader during the Second World War. Winston Churchill is probably no stranger to anyone. He was also a writer, historian, poet, artist and the only British Prime Minister to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. Here are a few of my favorite fundamentals from Churchill on how to improve your life.
Lesson 1 : Focus on what you are doing right now. You just focus on taking the first step today. By taking the first step you change your mental state from resistant to “hey, I’m doing this, cool”. The thing is, you can’t see the whole path anyway and it will shift and reveal itself along the way. That’s why the best of plans tend to fall apart at least a bit as you start to put it into action.
“It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.”
“It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see.”
Lesson 2 : Be concerned about action. Taking action can lead to failure, rejection or making mistakes. There is always a risk for that. But if you stay in inaction then you are pretty much guaranteed that nothing will change or improve. Reconnect with the present moment, lighten up, start small. Start with something that doesn’t seem so hard.
“I never worry about action, but only about inaction”
Lesson 3 : Be an optimist. 1) Take care of the fundamentals. This is for me the most important thing you can do to maintain and strengthen your positive attitude. 2) Positive influences. Fill your mind and emotional system with positive input from people, music and programs/books. 3) Set the context for your day. 4) Act as you want to feel. Act as if you are feeling positive.
“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”
“I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.”
Lesson 4 : Be persistent. Don’t give up. You should never quit. And that’s not to say that you should do the same thing over and over in exactly the same manner. It’s better to do and get an experience. Take the lessons you can learn from that real life experience. And then adjust how you do things as you try again. Then you’ll find the inner motivation to keep going, and build on inner strengths like persistence.
“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence is the key to unlocking our potential”
Lesson 5 : Don’t lose the enthusiasm. It’s very easy to get down on yourself and your results when things don’t go as planned. What was once enthusiasm can quickly become apathy and pessimism. But you should ask how do you do keep up the enthusiasm after things have gone wrong? What can you learn from this? What is the hidden opportunity in this situation?
“Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”
Lesson 6 : Remember, most troubles never happen. Most things you fear will happen never happen. They are just monsters in your own mind. And if they happen then they will most often not be as painful or bad as you expected. Worrying is most often just a waste of time. This makes it a lot easier to start doing more of what you really want in life. And to move through your day to day life with a lighter, happier and more optimistic attitude.
“When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened”
“If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack. ” Thank You Very Much Sompong Yusoontorn