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Confidence                                           

  • Confidence is the most important single factor in this game, and
    no matter how great your natural talent, there is only one way to
    obtain and sustain it: work – Jack Nicklaus
  • Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself. - Robert Collier
  • One important key to success is self-confidence. An important
    key to self-confidence is preparation. – Arthur Robert Ashe


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Discouraged / Bad Mood                     

  • Your life is a learning process - you can only become wiser from learning. Sometimes you might have to attract making a painful mistake to learn something important, but after the mistake you have far greater wisdom. Wisdom cannot be bought with money - it can only be acquired through living life. With wisdom comes strength, courage, knowing, and an ever-increasing peace. - Rhonda Byrne from The Secret
  • When nothing else will change for the better, change your thoughts for the better.  And you’ll soon see everything else following positively along.  - Unknown Wise Person (Print this quote full size)
  • Discouragement is a negative emotion with more than one trick up its dark sleeve.  It tricks you into mentally or emotionally dwelling in the very place you want to leave.  Drop all such sorrow permanently by daring to see through this deception of the unconscious mind.  You have a destination far beyond where you find yourself standing today - Guy Finley (Print this quote full size)
  • A bad day is just a day where you have been thinking more negative thoughts than positive ones. - Unknown Wise Person
  • Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become
    bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you
    up so you can be all that you were intended to be. - Samuel Johnson
  • Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up - Thomas A Edison (Print this quote full size)
  • You have to go through the darkness to truly know the light.  This may sound like a cliche, but it's true nonetheless.  Often the greatest doubts occur just before a breakthrough. - Lama Surya Das from
Awakening the Buddha Within
  • When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. - Henry Ford (Print this quote full size)
  • Realize that your present difficulty is only a small part of you, and the rest of you is doing quite well, thank you. - Lynn Grabhorn
  • Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods."
    --Albert Einstein
  • Noting who around you is quick to criticize and who is quick to encourage is a fast way to separate low achievers from high performance people - Danny Cox & John Hoover from
Seize the Day: 7 Steps to Achieving the Extraordinary in an Ordinary World

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Fear                                                              

  • Real difficulties can be overcome.  It’s the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. - Theodore Vail
  • If you fear making anyone mad, then you ultimately probe for
    the lowest common denominator of human achievement. - Jimmy Carter
  • Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. - Dale Carnegie
  • You gain strength, experience and confidence by every experience where you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you cannot do. - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Fear is only a state of mind - Bartholomew
  • Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear - Mark Twain
  • Doubt can only be removed by action - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • The unfulfilling job is not the failure; not pursuing your dreams is the real failure. Developing a vision requires conquering your fears and finding motivation from within. - Peter Murphy

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Life Purpose                                                  

  • Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
    - George Bernard Shaw (Print this quote full size)
  • All we have to decide is what to do
    with the time that is given to us. - J.R.R. Tolkien (Print this quote full size)
  • The Purpose of Life?
    To totally immerse yourself in situations that interest you and to explore the inner experiences – the thoughts, feelings, learnings, and growth – that result – Robert Scheinfeld (Print this quote full size
  • Every decision you make - every decision - is not a decision about what to do. It's a decision about Who You Are. When you see this, when you understand it, everything changes. You begin to see life in a new way. All events, occurrences, and situations turn into opportunities to do what you came here to do. - Neale Donald Walsch
  • To live is to choose. But to choose, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go, and why you want to get there. - Kofi Annan
  • Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own
    actions. - Dalai Lama
  • I think self-exploration is one of the journeys in life that we are blessed to be able to have. - Anne Heche
  • The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths
    offered by the present, but a place that is created - created
    first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future
    is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The
    paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making
    them, changes both the maker and the destination. - Deborah James, Business Consultant
  • As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live - Garth Henrichs
  • Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to
    unlocking our potential. - Winston Churchill

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Motivational                                                   

  • You can have anything you want if you will give up the belief that you can't have it. - Dr. Robert Anthony
  • If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative. - Woody Allen
  • Trying is failing with honor - James Arthur Ray
    What he means by this is that instead of saying you'll "try", you need to "do".
  • And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. - Nelson Mandela
  • It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop - Confucious (Print this quote full size)
  • Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be
    perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than
    perfect conditions. So what? Get started now. With each step you
    take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled,
    more and more self-confident and more and more successful. - Mark Victor Hansen
  • It isn't sufficient just to want - you've got to ask yourself
    what you are going to do to get the things you want. - Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Stop sitting there with your hands folded looking on, doing nothing; Get into action and live this full and glorious life. Now. You have to do it. - Eileen Caddy
  • It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. - Sir Edmund Hillary
  • Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. - Vincent Van Gogh
  • Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to
    succeed is always to try just one more time. - Thomas Edison
  • Don't let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to start where he was. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your
    eyes off your goal. - Henry Ford
  • It is better to try something and fail than to be successful at not trying anything. - Unknown Wise Person
  • Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture...Do not build up obstacles in your imagination.   - Norman Vincent Peale
  • Hoping and dreaming of a better world are not enough if we are unwilling to work - but when we work towards our dreams, wonderful things can happen. - Lloyd Newel
  • Don't wait. The time will never be just right. - Napoleon Hill
  • Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. - Dr. David M. Burns
  • Anything can be achieved in small, deliberate steps. But there are times you need the courage to take a great leap; you can't cross a chasm in two small jumps. - David Lloyd George
  • The wisest follow their own direction. - Euripides
  • Do just once what others say you can't do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again. - James R. Cook
  • I wasn't naturally gifted in terms of size and speed; everything I did in hockey I worked for, and that's the way I'll be as a coach. - Wayne Gretzky
  • Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. - Mark Twain
  • All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: Act as if it were impossible to fail.  That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right about face which turns us from failure to success. - Dorthea Brande
  • Do you want to be safe and good, or do you want to take a chance and be great? - Jimmy Johnson, Coach of the Dallas Cowboys (winners of two Superbowl championships under his leadership)


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Positive Thinking                                              

  • Nothing can stop the person with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal. Nothing on earth can help the person with the wrong attitude. - Thomas Jefferson
  • Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any
    higher than you think. - Benjamin Disraeli
  • One comes to believe whatever one repeats to oneself sufficiently often, whether the statement be true of false. It comes to be the dominating thought in one's mind. Vince Lombardi
  • Interestingly, no one disputes the devastating impact that stress, a poor self-image, fear and despair can have on both body and soul. Instead, we resist the notion that positive thinking can produce the opposite effect. - George Ebert
  • Within you there is a stillness and sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself - Herman Hesse (Print this quote full size)
  • I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and you put the work and time into it. I think your mind really controls everything. 

    You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.
    - Michael Phelps
  • Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you're going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to
    reach that goal, and by maintaining focus. -
    Oprah Winfrey
  • Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances. - Benjamin Franklin
  • One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon--instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.- Dale Carnegie
  • Albert Camus said ..."Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better."
    Whether it appears so or not, you have total freedom right now.  What would happen if you fully exercised that freedom this very minute? - Mark Joyner, founder of Simpleology
  • The more we become aware of who and what we truly are, the fewer problems we have.  - Lynn Grabhorn
  • When your life is working there will be an absence of drama - Iyanla Vanzant
  • The discovery of the power of our thoughts will prove to be the most important discovery of our time - William James (Print this quote full size)
  • Whatever you’re feeling is what you’re vibrating and what you’re vibrating is what you’re attracting.-  Lynn Grabhorn
  • Guilt is the [cause] of most poverty, most failures. - Foster Hibbard
  • If you do not feel you deserve good things, subconsciously, you will do all within your power to punish yourself by not getting those good things. So the feeling of deserving is a very important thing - John Harricharan
  • One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.  - Henry Miller (Print this quote full size)
  • There is a criterion by which you can judge whether the thoughts you are thinking and the things you are doing are right for you. The criterion is: Have they brought you inner peace? If they have not, there is something wrong with them / so keep seeking! If what you do has brought you inner peace, stay with what you believe is right. - Peace Pilgram
  • Thoughts are typically behind any shift in mood that we experience. - Joe Vitale and Larina Kase from "What's Stopping You? How to End Self Sabotage"


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Quotes About Change                                    

  • If you don't change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. - Dr. Robert Anthony
  • For things to change, you have to change. For things to be different, you have to be different. Before financial success can occur personal growth must occur. - Jim Rohn
  • That's the risk you take when you change; that people you've been involved with won't like the new you. But other people who do will come along. - Lisa Alther

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Relationships                                                 

  • People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges. - Joseph F. Newton
  • True forgiveness is when you can say, "Thank you for giving me that experience" - Dr. Michael Beckwith
  • When we're incomplete, we're always searching for somebody to complete us. When, after a few years or a few months of a relationship, we find that we're still unfulfilled, we blame our partners and take up with somebody more promising. This can go on and on--series polygamy--until we admit that while a partner can add sweet dimensions to our lives, we, each of us, are responsible for our own fulfillment. Nobody else can provide it for us, and to believe otherwise is to delude ourselves dangerously and to program for eventual failure every relationship we enter. - Tom Robbins
  • The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated. - William James
  • One does not make friends. One recognizes them. - Garth Henrichs
  • How many human beings anywhere, hold on to a relationship merely because it exists? This fear of loneliness, abandonment, or failure can, if we let it, hold any of us back from doing exactly what each of us needs to do to feel fulfilled. - Walter Anderson
  • [Relationships] do not cause pain and unhappiness. They bring out the pain and unhappiness that is already in you - Eckhart Tolle in "The Power of Now"
  • It took me years to realize that I had spent my rescuing days [saving everyone she knew: boyfriend, girlfriends and their problems, kids she counselled] distracting myself with everyone else's problem instead of figuring out how to make myself happy.  I think subconsciously I expected the gratitude of others to make me happy, but it didn't.  In fact, I lost the job, the friends, and even the boyfriend I had tried to save. 
Carolyn N. Bushong from The Seven Dumbest Relationship Mistakes Smart People Make

In my opinion, this book rates as one of the most important books you can ever read on relationships. - Catherine

  • Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die - Malachy McCourt (Print this quote full size)
  • You don't get married to get a commitment, you get married because you already have a commitment - Unknown Wise Person
  • Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything. - Muhammad Ali
  • We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversation with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk. - Thomas Moore

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Self Image                                                      

  • Do you want to know what's really beautiful? Confidence.

    Do you want to know what's really powerful? Persistence.

    Do you want to know what's really sexy? (Please, I know about sexy.) Not needing to be needed.

    And if still "they" don't notice your good looks, your strength, and your sashay... could you feel more sorry for them?

    Who needs Botox? - Mike Dooley in Notes From the Universe



  • But the real secret to total gorgeousness is to believe in yourself, have self confidence, and try to be secure in your decisions and thoughts. - Kirsten Dunst
  • An individual's self-concept is the core of his personality. It affects every aspect of human behavior: the ability to learn, the capacity to grow and change. A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success in life. - Dr. Joyce Brothers
  • When you look in the mirror and hate what you see, you need addictions to survive. – Don Miguel Ruiz
  • Be yourself. The world worships an original. - Ingrid Bergman
  • How you handle or mishandle your money tells us who you are and,
    more important, it tells YOU who you are. Your priorities,
    passions, goals, and fears are shown clearly in the flow of your
    money. Your value system, or lack of one causes money to flow
    around you, passed you, or to you. When money is in your
    possession, what you do with it screams loudly who you are. - Dave Ramsey
  • Why hope to live a long life if we're only going to fill it with self-absorption, body maintenance, and image repair? When we die, do we want people to exclaim 'She looked ten years younger,' or do we want them to say 'She lived a great life'? - Unknown Wise Person
  • If you don't like the way you are, don't worry about it. You can change the way you are. - Zig Ziglar
  • Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent. - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Someone’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality - LeRoy Washington
  • It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere. - Agnes Repplier
  • The lower your self-esteem, the more apt you are to believe that someone else holds the key to your happiness. - Hellen Hemphill
  • We are not at the mercy of events that transpired in our childhood unless we believe we are. - Lynn Grabhorn from Excuse Me Your Life is Waiting Playbook

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    Success                                                

    • Success is about who you are, not what you have. Successful people work to discover their talents, to develop those talents, and then to use those talents to benefit others as well as themselves. - Tom Morris
    • Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people
      keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit. - Conrad Hilton
    • Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself. - Robert Collier
    • Success is a journey not a destination. – Arthur Robert Ashe
    • One important key to success is self-confidence. An important
      key to self-confidence is preparation. – Arthur Robert Ashe
    • Success goes to those who dare to dream. And sometimes you have to take a little "scary action," as well. – Joe Vitale
    • True success is always the last of a string of failed attempts to get it right. - Walter Anderson



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    Reader Submitted Quotes                   

    Anonymous Submissions

    Confidence is the most important single factor in this life, and no matter how great your natural talent, there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work - William Long

    I was a young boy growing up in the crack towns outskirting Ironforge. It was tough but I needed the gold.

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    "There would be nothing to frighten you if you refused to be afraid" - Gandhi

    Sometimes in life - we all are scared. Life itself is a scary thing, but instead of hiding from the world, face it, challenge it, love it. That's what I've learned, and when I'm scared, this quote really helps me.

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    A gold medal is a nice thing - but if you're not enough without it, you'll never be enough with it. - From 'Cool Runnings'

    Love, believe in yourself...always.

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    Wherever you go, go with all your heart. - Confucius

    Go out there and do something with all of your heart...What are you still here for?? :)

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    Do the right things, don't do things right. - Randy Pausch

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    To be good, is to be in harmony with one self. -Oscar Wilde

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    For every minute you are angry you lose 60 seconds of happiness

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    Don`t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant - Robert L Stevenson

    If you sow enough seeds the future will take care of itself.

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    Being hesistant to try will undoubtedly result in failure, but if you attempt with all your effort, you've already succeeded."  - Epochs Trenav

    Those afraid to take the larger leaps of faith in life, will live plain, predictable lives. - Epochs Trenav

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    The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others.  - Sonya Friedman

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    You cannot get ahead while you are getting even - Dick Armey

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    "Intimacy doesn't make people closer--it keeps people close who have developed a mutual trust for one another."
     
    My husband actually insisted that having sex can re-establish closeness after we had been drifting apart due to his anger and low self-esteem issues.  This was my response to him.

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    Submitted by Schope

    "One man dreamed of becoming someone amazing and inspirational, while another man remained awake and became" - Read it on a Fortune Cookie years ago, and the message has been with me since. 

    If you think about it... Every person out there has their own dreams and visions of possible paths their lives could take.  Unfortunately, for most people, that's all they do.  They never turn it into action.  Don't ever be afraid to try.  All you can expect from yourself is your best effort.  If you never fully commit, the results will disappoint you.

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    Submitted by Stacey Jean

    "One cannot expect another to love him when he has not yet loved himself." - Stacey Jean

    It is important to me because I spent a ton of my life with low self-esteem and I used others to feel better about myself. I pretended to love so that I may be loved as a result.

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    Submitted by Laurence Chester Obong, Philippines

    We are only as good as how we want ourselves to be...

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    Submitted by Frances Broadrick, Tennessee

    Every Master Was Once A Disaster

    When you Are Complaining You Become a Living Breathing "Crap Magnet"


    I found This quote and like it and use it because most people complain all time instead of believing there is a solution and use the "Law Of Attraction" to receive what they are to have.

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    Submitted by L. Godwin, Balloch

    The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything they have. Author unknown.

    For me I think this quote is so true because the happiest people I've met are the ones that appreciate the simple things in life.

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    Submitted by Karen, Australia

    The old saying as it goes "you made your bed, now you lie in it.
    We all make mistakes, you don't have to lie in that bed, get up and remake it. 

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    Submitted by Matt, Shanghai, China

    Be the way you want the world to be. - Mahatma Gandhi

    This quote reminds me to change myself and not expect others to change for me. All change begins with ourselves and once we change that will infect/reflect those around us and then they can change and so on and on outwards like a wave.  I must not wait for the world to be change to be better in any way - I must go out and make it better through my own actions. Then i have the satisfaction of contributing to the greater good, have actively changed in way that brings happiness to me and at least one other.

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    Submitted by Lesley, England

    If you've had a bad haircut, remember; hair grows.


    Note from Catherine: Ah Lesley, this one made me laugh. Thank you! I've had oh so many bad haircuts in my life. In fact, I'm still searching for that perfect haircut. Yes, thank goodness hair grows. Also, thank goodness that skin repairs itself. Can you imagine what a mess we'd be if it didn't?

    Thanks again, Lesley, I needed a laugh today.

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