01. Harp on the past, instead of focusing on the present
Some people spend their lives living in the past. They lament about what has been, what they could have done, and why they didn't do that. However, the past is the past, and no matter how much time we spend thinking and lamenting about it, it doesn't change anything. To spend time moping about what has been is to waste the person you can be.
harp /hα: p/ v. 弹奏竖琴;喋喋不休
lament /l?'ment/ v. 悲叹，悔恨
mope /m??p/ v. 忧郁
waste /we?st/ v. 浪费;消耗;毁掉
02. Get caught up in the details V.S. the big picture
If you're a perfectionist, you might find yourself caught up with perfecting details on a regular basis. you spend a lot of time editing the nitty-gritty, so that everything can be perfect and the way they envision it to be. However, by spending all your time on the details, you are not making the best use of your time. According to the 80/20 principle, 80% of the results we can achieve comes from 20% of our actions. In trying to achieve the remaining 20% to get the perfect 100% outcome, we have to spend 80% more effort! By looking at the big picture, it helps you realize what does matter and what doesn't so that you can then channel your energy accordingly.
detail /'di: te?l/ n. 细节，详情
perfectionist /p?'fek?(?)n?st/ n. 完美主义者
nitty-gritty /'niti'griti/ n. 基本事实，细节
envision /?n?v??n/ v. 想象;预想
principle /'pr?ns?p(?)l/ n. 原理，原则;主义
achieve /?'t?i: v/ v. 取得;获得
remaining /r?'me?n??/ adj. 剩下的，剩余的
channel /'t?æn(?)l/ vt. 引导，开导
03. Easily be affected by minor issues
Sometimes we may be affected by a hurtful comment or discouraged by a small setback. While these emotions are justified, often times these events are insignificant in the long run. One way to check if something is worth mulling over is to ask yourself this question: "Will this matter in one year's time? Three years? 5 years? 10 years? 30 years?" If not, then it's probably not worth your energy to think about these things. Concentrate on things that do matter in the long run instead.
comment /'k?ment/ n. 评论;意见
setback /'setbæk/ n. 挫折
justify /'d??st?fa?/ vi. 证明合法;证明…是正当的
insignificant /?ns?g'n?f?k(?)nt/ adj. 无关紧要的
concentrate /'k?ns(?)ntre?t/ v. 集中注意
04. Blame others for your plight
The extent to which you can live your dream life depends on the extent to which you take responsibility for your life. When you blame someone/something for what you're going through, you deny responsibility. You give others power over that part of your life. For example, if you blame your parents for your obesity, you'll continue to remain obese because in your mind they are the reason why you're obese. You'll never have the power to change the situation until you take responsibility for it. When you take 100% responsibility for your life, be it your career status, your health, your relationship status, your finances, your friendships, etc, that's when you're set to achieve the life of your dreams.
blame /ble?m/ v. 指责，归咎
plight /pla?t/ n. 困境;境况
responsibility /r??sp?ns??b?l?t?/ n. 责任，职责
obesity /?(?)'bi: s?t?/ n. 肥胖
situation /s?tj?'e??(?)n/ n. 情况;形势
05. Too much complaint
It's okay to complain once in a while as a way to vent, but doing it too often makes you a magnet for negativity. Whenever you complain, you give your power away to the universe. For every second you spend complaining, that's one second you could have spent creating the life you want. Rather than lament, think about the actions you can take to improve your situation instead. Every time you do, that's one step toward the life you've been dreaming about.
complaint /k?m'ple?nt/ n. 抱怨;诉苦
complain /k?m'ple?n/ v. 投诉;发牢骚;抱怨
magnet /?mægn?t/ n. 磁铁
negativity /,neg?'t?v?t?/ n. 消极性，否定性
lament /l?'ment/ v. 哀悼;悲叹;抱怨
06. Bottle up unhappiness
Bottling up your emotions is like creating a bomb that will eventually self-implode. Every time you bury an emotion, you're weighing yourself down withbaggage. The best way to deal with your emotions, whether happy ones or unhappy ones, is to lay them out on the table and face them. Don't hide from your problems. When you do you're just hiding from yourself. I found a great way to clear emotional baggage is to use the brain dumping exercise, where you dump your emotions in a journal for about 10-15 minutes. Try it - you'll feel lighter almost immediately.
bomb /b?m/ n. 炸弹
eventually /?'vent???l?/ adv. 最后，终于
self-implode /self ?m'pl??d/ v. 自爆
baggage /'bæg?d?/ n. 行李
emotional /?'m???(?)n(?)l/ adj.情绪的
dump /d?mp/ v. 倾倒，卸下
immediately /?'mi: d??tl?/ adv. 立即，立刻
07. Think that you cannot do it
As Henry Ford put it, "Whether you think you can or think you can't – you are right." There is nothing more powerful in the world than our beliefs. Our beliefs are the lenses we use to see the world. If we think we don't have the power, then our minds will find the evidence to support that thought. If we think we have the power to achieve what we want, then similarly, our minds willautomatically lock down on all the evidence that supports that thought. Our limitations have little to do with the world, society, people, or anything like that – our limitations have always been within us – our beliefs. As long as there's the will, there's always a way. Nothing is impossible to achieve in this world.
belief /b?'li: f/ n. 信赖;信仰
lens /lenz/ n. 镜头
evidence /'ev?d(?)ns/ n. 证据，证明
support /s?'p?: t/ v. 支持，支撑
automatically /?: t?'mæt?kl?/ adv. 自动地
limitation /l?m?'te??(?)n/ n. 限制，极限
impossible /?m'p?s?b(?)l/ adj. 不可能的
08. Procrastinate on your goals
Procrastination is the best way to bury your potential. Do you want your goals to never come true? Sure, procrastinate on them. I've never in my life seen a happy procrastinator. Everyone I know who procrastinates usually holds a heavy heart, because deep down they want to achieve their goals. Deep down they know they are meant to live their dreams. So stop procrastinating. Start by first identifying what you're passionate about, then go from there. As long as you're doing what you love, you can never go wrong.
procrastinate /pr?(?)'kræst?ne?t/ v. 耽搁，延迟
procrastination /pr?(?),kræst?'ne??(?)n/ n . 拖延
potential /p??ten?l/ n. 潜能;可能性
procrastinator /pro,kræst?,net?/ n. 拖延者，拖拉者
identify /a?'dent?fa?/ v. 识别，辨认
passionate /'pæ?(?)n?t/ adj. 热情的;热烈的