“Life is a journey, and if you fall in love with the journey, you will be in love forever.”
– Peter Hagerty
From time to time, particularly in a new year or after a difficult situation has resolved itself, many of us take the opportunity to reflect on how we feel about our lives.
Often, we ask questions of ourselves. Am I satisfied with where I am as a person right now? Can I refer to myself as a successful person? Reflecting on possible change brings with it new opportunities for growth as well as new challenges, so what do I want to achieve in the months ahead?
Allow me to take you on a journey – an “empowering words” journey to move you towards the person you aspire to be.
“Not more quotes”, I hear you say.
Yes, but I’ve chosen words that haven’t been used ad nauseam in posts. So don’t stop reading now. You might discover just one new quote that puts a spring in your step.
Enjoy the journey.
1. Find Opportunity in Failure
“Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”
– Zig Ziglar
“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of a greater or equal benefit.”
– Napoleon Hill
“I’ve come to believe that all my past failures and frustrations were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.”
– Tony Robbins
“Like success, failure is many things to many people. With a positive mental attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, a plateau at which to get your thoughts in order and prepare to try again.”
– W. Clement Stone
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
– Michael Jordan
2. Stop Worrying – Worry Is Worthless
“People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.”
– George Bernard Shaw
“Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.”
– Arthur Somers Roche
“That the birds of worry and care fly over your head, this you cannot change. But that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent.”
– Chinese Proverb
“We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.
– John Newton
“If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. Its the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep.”
– Dale Carnegie
3. Be Grateful and feel Great
“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
– G K Chesterton
“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”
– Eckhart Tolle
“If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.”
– Gerald Good
“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”
“This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.”
– Maya Angelou
4. Give – and Change Lives
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
– Winston Churchill
“Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.”
– Brian Tracy
“Generosity is not giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is giving me that which you need more than I do.”
– Khalil Gibran
“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived – this is to have succeeded.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”
– (Attributed to various authors including Stephen Grellet & William Penn)
5. Get That Happiness Feeling
“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.”
– Greg Anderson
“Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.”
– Ben Carson
“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
“Most of us are just about as happy as we make up our minds to be.”
– William Adams
“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.”
– Khalil Gibran
6. Be Motivated. Just Do It!
“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.”
– Brian Tracy
“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
– Warren Buffett
“Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress.”
– Alfred A Montapert
“Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.”
– Wayne Dyer
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
– Jack London
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”
– Lao Tzu
7. See the Positive Side
“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”
– Alphonse Karr
“If you are positive, you’ll see opportunities instead of obstacles.”
– Widad Akrawi
“It’s snowing still,” said Eeyore gloomily… “And freezing.”… “However,” he said, brightening up a little, “we haven’t had an earthquake lately.”
– A A Milne
“May I never miss a sunset or a rainbow because I am looking down.”
– Sara June Parker
“Where the loser saw barriers, the winner saw hurdles.”
– Robert Brault
Continuing Your Journry
Choose one or more of the above quotes that has meaning for you. Write them on sticky notes and place them in prominent places around your home or office. Change them from time to time. In time, they’ll change you.
Let me know how you’ve been changed by a quote or by something said to you. Or maybe it was something you read. I’m looking forward to your comment.
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