I underlined almost every page of my copy of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, I read it the first time in just one session. The book is packed wisdom, there are plenty of commonsense tips to improve our lives, too many times we forget to take care about the most simplest things.
I highly suggest it to those who are just discovering about self improvement, that want a really easy too read book, full of little suggestions to improve the quality of their lives.
The story is about Julian Mantle, a former attorney, that after suffering a stroke decides to get his life back on track. Julian sells his Ferrari goes to the Himalaya learns plenty of cool stuff from a community of monks, then comes back to share his wisdom with John, his older apprentice.
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari By Robin Sharma – Top 7 Ideas
1. MASTER YOUR MIND
You will find this concept in almost all the self improvement books, but is worth repeating: we must control every thought that enters our mind. If you are not aware of your thoughts you are giving up the biggest power you posses, the ability of choosing how you feel. Emotions are not just feelings coming out of nowhere, emotions are reactions you choose to have by interpreting the world trough your own thoughts. Therefore, you choose how you feel, you are the only one accountable for your own feelings. Thoughts are the base of your life choose them carefully.
The Hearth of the Rose: A meditation to train your ability to focus your attention on what you choose, in this case a rose,”Notice its color, texture and design. Savor its fragrance and think only about this wonderful object in front of you” do it daily and you are going to gain back the control of your mind.
Opposition Thinking: Your mind can hold just one thought at any time. As soon as you become aware of your negative thought replace it with a positive one.
The Secret of The Lake: Visualize yourself achieving your goals in the present moment, to rewire your thoughts pattern and change your self image with consequent action in order to reinforce your beliefs.
“If you care for your mind, if you nurture it and if you cultivate it just like a fertile, rich garden, it will blossom far beyond your expectations. But if you let the weeds take root, lasting peace of mind and deep inner harmony will always elude you.” The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari By Robin Sharma Page 49
2. FOLLOW YOUR PURPOSE
Happiness in life comes trough doing what you love, following your passions, getting better each day at it and sharing it with the world. Are you looking forward to wake up in the morning or would you like to stay in bed to avoid going to work? You need to follow your true call, your Dharma, if you want to have a fulfilled life.
Doesn’t matter how many reasons you are going to find to rationalize to yourself that you can’t become a writer, a professional weight lifter, an actor or whatever your true call might be; you know deep down what it is that you want to do, as long as you are not going to follow your dreams they are going to haunt you. You need to find the courage to make your dreams reality.
The power of Self-Examination: clarify your values and goals then write them on paper, by doing so you are giving your subconscious mind a clear sign to focus on those thoughts. If you don’t know where you want to go how will you know when you arrive?
The 5 Step Method for Attaining Goals:
Form a clear mental image of your outcome.
Create positive pressure you can tell your friends of your willingness to change; punish yourself whenever you don’t do what you were supposed to with simple things, for instance a day without internet.
Attach a time line to your goals you can finish your tasks way faster if you have a deadline. I am more likely to finish this article quicker if I know that I must end it on a specific date, without it I would be more likely to procrastinate.
Work on your goals for 21 day in a row researches have shown that 21 days is the time needed to form a new habit, after that it will be second nature for you to wake up in the morning and go for a walk, meditate 20 minutes each day, or whatever your goal might be.
Enjoy the process know that achieving your full potential is a never ending process, is going to require effort and time and you are going to spend the rest of your life on this path if you decide to follow your passions. Why not having fun while getting better?
“The happiness you are searching for comes through reflecting on the worthy aims you are dedicated to achieving and then taking action daily to advance them” The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari By Robin Sharma Page 92
3. PRACTICE KAIZEN
If you are not growing you are dying. Kaizen is an ancient Japanese philosophy who’s core is constant and never ending improvement. You get better each time you get out of your comfort zone, challenging yourself and your knowledge. Most people are afraid of failure and judgment so they live a comfortable life, never taking risk of any kind, but you can’t live an extraordinary life by doing ordinary things.
Do the things you fear: How many times the horrible things you where imagining became reality? Whenever you do a leap of faith and do the things you fear you are going to get closer to reality and become a new and better version of yourself.
The Ten Ancient Rituals For Radiant Living:
Ritual of Solitude we live in a frenetic world if you don’t find time to spend alone and recenter yourself and meditate you are going to get out of balance. It can be as little as 15 minutes or as long as 50.
Ritual of Physicality your body is your temple don’t let it collapse. I recently started to work out again and I already feel more energetic, imagine what we can achieve if we constantly exercise!
Ritual of Life Nourishment take care of your diet, you are what you eat.
Ritual of Abundant Knowledge constantly learn, you can read, listen and watch content that is going to inspire and help you to reach your goals. You should spend at least 30 minutes each day nourishing your mind with such information.
Ritual of Personal Reflection “Figure out what is right and what is wrong in your days and in your life. Then set about making immediate improvements.”
Ritual of Early Awakenings rise with the sun, improve your sleep.
Ritual of Music “Without music, life would be a mistake”.
Ritual of the Spoken Word develop a positive self-talk.
Ritual Of a Congruent Character act each day according to your values, consistently make small improvements, in order to build a bigger belief in yourself to achieve even greater things in the future.
Ritual of Simple Life “One must never live in the thick of thin things. Focus only on your priorities, those activities that are truly meaningful. Your life will be uncluttered,rewarding and exceptionally peaceful.”
“What sets highly actualized people apart from those who never live inspired lives is that they do those things that less developed people don’t like doing- even though they might not like doing them either.” The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari By Robin Sharma Page 121
4. LIVE WITH DISCIPLINE
Willpower is like a muscle if you don’t use it is going to decrease. To build willpower you must first apply it. Start on something simple like making your bed each morning. Then pass on more difficult tasks. If you keep doing what you said you would do, you are going to be astonished at how many more goals you will be able to achieve. The main point is to constantly use your willpower.
Mantras and Creative Envisioning: You can use this mantra to help you “I am more than I appear to be, all the world’s strength and power rests inside me.” I am not a personal fan of mantra, as always take what resonates with you and discard the rest.
The Vow of Silence: not talking for a full day is going to require a lot of effort but is going to improve your willpower.
“An abundance of willpower and discipline is one of the chief attributes of all those with strong characters and wonderful lives. Willpower allows you to do what you said you would do, when you said you would do it. It is willpower that allows you to get up at five in the morning to cultivate your mind through meditation, or to feed your spirit by a walk in the woods when a cozy bed beckons you on a cold winter’s day.” The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari By Robin Sharma Page 171
5. RESPECT YOUR TIME
Time is your most precious asset and you are running out of it each second of your life. Know your priorities and focus on them while always having balance.
The Ancient Rule of 20: 80 percent of the results you achieve in your life come from only 20 percent of the activities that occupy your time. Discover what is part of the 20 percent and behave like that more often
Have the Courage To Say No: Stop wasting your time in activities that you don’t want to do. If someone is asking you to go to the cinema, don’t accept just because is polite, if you don’t want to go say no. Is your life, is your time, spend it as you better think.
The Deathbed Mentality: Live every day as if it was your last, how would you treat your family and colleagues? You are not going to live a second time this exact day, a part of you is dying every today, make the most of it as long as you can.
“Time slips through our hands like grains of sand, never to return. Those who use time wisely from an early age are rewarded with rich, productive and satisfying lives. Those who have never been exposed to the principle that ‘time mastery is life mastery’ will never never realize their enormous human potential. Time is the great leveller. Whether we are privileged or disadvantaged, whether we live in Texas or Tokyo, we all have been allotted days with only twenty-four hours. What separates those who build exceptional lives from the ‘also rans’ is the way they use this time.” The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari By Robin Sharma Page 190
6.PRACTICE DAILY ACT OF KINDNESS
“A little bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives you roses.” Most people don’t even know how does it feel to enrich another people life simply because they never tried it. When you give without asking nothing back you are truly improving your life, but most importantly the life of another human being that probably you don’t even know.
Practice Daily Acts of Kindness.
Give to those who ask.
Cultivate Richer Relationship.
“When you work to improve the lives of others, you indirectly elevate your own life in the process. When you take care to practice random acts of kindness daily, your own life becomes far richer and more meaningful. To cultivate the sacredness and sanctity of each day, serve others in some way.” The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari By Robin Sharma Page 205
7.EMBRACE THE PRESENT
The present is the only moment you will ever have. Past and Future are only shadows. If you are spending your time in guilt about past events or worrying about the future you are not living fully. Living in the present is a habit, I often find myself as well fantasizing about the future or thinking about what might have been if only… You should start becoming aware of your own thought process in order to catch yourself as soon as you start losing contact with reality, with the present moment, with the only moment that is ever going to be and then bring yourself back to the center. Is going to require some effort but with time you are going to spend more and more time living in the present.
Live your Childrens’ Childhood: take the time to watch your kids grow and flourish.
Practice Gratitude: How often are you so busy that you forget to be grateful for the small but important things in your life. Practicing gratitude is going to force you to be in the present. You can start a 30 day challenge of gratitude, you will spend the first 5 minutes in the morning to revisit the good aspects of the day before, and be grateful about them, I am currently on the fourth day of my challenge.
Grow Your Destiny: If you follow your passions and purpose in your life you are going to naturally spend more time in the present. Has ever happened to you the weird experience where hours went by like seconds? It did happen because you were doing something you loved so much that you completely lost track of time.
“Never put off happiness for the sake of achievement. Never put off the things that are important for your well-being and satisfaction to a later time. Today is the day to live fully, not when you win the lottery or when you retire. Never put off living!”
If you would like to learn more you can get The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari By Robin Sharma here. (This is an affiliate link to Amazon.com, using it will support the writing of similar articles, thank you)