Bruce Lee achieved global fame not only thanks to his acting and incredible martial arts abilities but also because of his reputation as a great philosopher. His views on life still inspire people around the world even today.
The martial arts master always carried a notebook with him in which he recorded all the important thoughts that came to him during the day. Recently, all of these records were restored and published online.
We at Bright Side were impressed above all with the thoughts Bruce Lee used to strengthen his spirit and body.
On willpower and emotions
- Recognizing that the power of will is the supreme court over all other departments of my mind, I will exercise it daily when I need the urge to act for any purpose, and I will form habits designed to bring the power of my will into action at least once daily.
- Realizing that my emotions are both positive and negative, I will form daily habits which will encourage the development of the positive emotions and aid me in converting the negative emotions into some form of useful action.
On reason, imagination, and memory
- Recognizing that my positive and negative emotions may be dangerous if they are not guided to desirable ends, I will submit all my desires, aims, and purposes to my faculty of reason, and I will be guided by it in giving expression to these.
- Recognizing the need for sound plans and ideas for the attainment of my desires, I will develop my imagination by calling upon it daily for help in the formation of my plans. Creative intuition opens the wellsprings within man, activates the inner light, and is free and limitless.
- Recognizing the value of an alert mind, and an alert memory, I will encourage mine to become alert by taking care to impress it clearly with all thoughts I wish to recall and by associating those thoughts with related subjects which I may recall to mind frequently.
On the subconscious mind and one’s conscience
- Reorganizing the influence of my subconscious mind over my power of will, I shall take care to submit to it a clear and definite picture of my major purpose in life and all minor purposes leading to my major purpose and I shall keep this picture constantly before my subconscious mind by repeating it daily.
- Recognizing that my emotions often err in their over-enthusiasm, and my faculty of reason often is without the warmth of feeling that is necessary to enable me to combine justice with mercy in my judgments, I will encourage my conscience to guide me as to what is right and wrong, but I will never set aside the verdict it renders, no matter what may be the cost of carrying them out.
Finally, on understanding life
- You will never get more from life than you expect. Concentrate your thoughts on what you want and what you don’t want. Calmly observe what is happening inside yourself. No one can hurt you unless you allow them to. Inside yourself, at the psychological level, be no one.