Notes & Quotes: The Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle by Jim Rohn

We will all experience one pain or the other—the pain of discipline or the pain of regret—but the difference is that the pain of discipline weighs only ounces while the pain of regret weighs tons.

Jim Rohn wrote one of the original, and best, self-improvement books with The Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle.

Most of the themes you frequently encounter in self-improvement books were succinctly described by Jim Rohn in this simple but powerful book.

Below are a list of quotes I found valuable. They are helpful reminders for staying on the path to success.


One of the major reasons why people are not doing well is because they keep trying to get through the day.

A more worthy challenge is to try to get from the day. We must become sensitive enough to observe and ponder what is happening around us. Be alert. Be awake.

A journal provides us with two remarkable benefits.

First, it allows us to capture all aspects of the present moment for future review.

The events that take place in our lives—experiences that we live and learn from—should not just “happen”; they should be captured so that their lessons can be invested in the future.

The past, when properly documented, is one of the best guides for making good decisions today that will lead to a better tomorrow.

What is that voice that whispers to us, “Just let it all slide. Why worry about all that discipline nonsense?”

It is the voice of negativity, a voice that has grown increasingly stronger over the years as a result of being around the wrong influences, thinking the wrong thoughts, developing the wrong philosophy and making the wrong decisions.

If we can establish that kind of intelligent approach to the past, we can dramatically change the course of the next twelve months.

Each of us will be somewhere in the next twelve months; the question we must ask ourselves is where?

A goal that is casually pursued is not a goal; at best it is a wish, and wishes are little more than self-delusion.

Wishes are an anesthetic to be used by the unambitious, a narcotic that dulls their awareness of their own desperate condition.

But if we are sincere about changing ourselves and designing a better future, we are obligated to distance ourselves from those who are having the wrong effect on us.

The price of not doing it is simply too enormous.

While we are dreaming about the promise of the future, they are doing something about it. Granted, they may be doing the wrong things, but they are doing it consistently and with an intensity and a level of commitment that would put many of us to shame.

We all say that we want to succeed, but sooner or later our level of activity must equal our level of intent.

Talking about achievement is one thing; making it happen is something altogether different.

Any day we wish we can start the process of life change.

We can do it immediately, or next week, or next month, or next year. We can also do nothing.

This fundamental should give us cause for both elation and alarm.

The elation comes from the fact that any day we choose, we can begin to make changes within ourselves that will attract even more good things into our lives. The alarm comes from the fact that unless we make those necessary changes, unless we convert our errors into new disciplines and our dreams into well-defined plans and intelligent, consistent activity, we will always have exactly what we now have. We will always live in the same home, drive the same car, know the same friends and experience the same frustrations and setbacks that we have always experienced because we have not changed. The results will always be predictable because results are always determined by what we are in the process of becoming.

How many books have I read in the past ninety days?

How regularly did I exercise last month?

How much of my income have I invested this past year?

How many letters have I written in the past week?

How many times have I written in my journal this month?\r\n

When we allowed ourselves to do less than we could have done.

The growing weight of things left undone undermines our confidence not only in ourselves, but also in the possibility of a better future.

In most cases choice is a gift.

But when it comes to doing all that we can with our abilities and our opportunities, choice can sometimes be more of a curse than a blessing.

All too often we choose to do far less than we could do.

We would rather relax under the shade of the growing tree than to emulate its struggle for greatness.

The big question is what would we do?

In a very short time most of what we dreamed of one day doing would become as uninspiring as our current lifestyle.

There is only so much traveling, so much partying, so much sleeping, and so much “enjoying” that we can experience before this too would become tedious.

And so for now—for this moment and for this day—those who are full of good intentions about improving their circumstances remain content with things as they are.

Today will be a day for relaxation, or for making more plans, or watching a little TV, or for gathering strength for the new offensive against mediocrity that will begin tomorrow.

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