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“It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get It.” – W. Somerset Maugham

We must always strive for the best and never be satisfied with anything less. If you accept less than what you deserve, you will always under value yourself. Learn to understand your own value and never settle for “good enough.”

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“First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.” ~ Epictetus

This is a great way to look into the future and pull your current self towards what you want to be. What most people do instead is look at the past and beat themselves up over all of the things they’ve done. That just keeps you stuck in the past, or rather stuck in the moment because you’re not using the present to make for a brighter future. By using this future focused vision, and then starting today to do the things necessary to get you where you’re going, you’ll get there much more quickly.

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“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.” – Oscar Wilde

The human mind is capable of incredible things. Learn to use it and live outside of your means. Get out of your comfort zone to learn news things about yourself and the people around you. An imagination is a terrible thing to waste.

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Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavour -Truman Capote

Instead of viewing a failure as a dead end, why not take it a little more lightheartedly with this quote and realize that the goal is not avoiding failure, but instead using it to make your eventual success that much more delicious. So many people try to make it so they don’t fail, so much so that they never succeed. But every great success has surely been more sweet thanks to the difficulties overcome on the road there. Would success even exist if there were no opposite?

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“If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” – Bruce Lee

When you reach the point where you think you have hit a wall, just push right on through it. The only road blocks are in your mind. Whether you are pushing yourself mentally, physically, emotionally, or spiritually, you can always get through that next obstacle with a bit more grit.

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“Getting an idea should be like sitting on a pin; it should make you jump up and do something.” – E. L. Simpson

Though it is true that not every idea needs to come to fruition, many ideas can be used as fuel to get yourself up and going. Don’t let so many wonderful ideas come through your head and fade into forever; trust yourself and your abilities, and get busy creating your life the way you want it.

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Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. – St. Francis of Assisi

Start today by doing the things that must be done. Maybe you are trying to launch a business, or maybe you’re just trying to get organised. Either way, the first steps are the first steps. Take this opportunity to lay the groundwork. Then, you can stretch yourself. Before you know it, you’ll be doing things that you never thought possible.

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“One finds limits by pushing them.” ~ Herbert Simon

How can you know what your limits are if you’ve never pushed them? This quote is good not only for encouraging you to find your own limitations, if you have any, but also for testing the limits of what is possible out in the world. Sitting by and thinking you have limits without actually finding out if you do or not is akin to the story of how an elephant won’t try to break the simple rope that ties him down because as a baby they chained him up with a heavy chain. How many limits do you put on yourself that aren’t even real?

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“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” – Winston Churchill

If you want to get better at anything, you have to accept change. Change is a natural and beautiful process that leads to growth both internally and externally. Without that change, you would become stagnant and stale. Stop holding on to the status quo, that’s not achieving anything.

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“It doesn’t matter how great your shoes are if you don’t accomplish anything in them.” – Martina Boone

It does not matter how expensive or luxurious your possessions are if you have done nothing to earn them. Having great things means nothing if you haven’t earned them. The feeling of working hard and earning something will always trump the feeling of being handed something.

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