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Thoughts From Successful People To Help You Keep the Faith

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Thoughts From Successful People To Help You Keep the Faith

Here are thoughts to provoke you to get up and do something when “lack of faith” strikes you! I hope you find them useful, exciting, and helpful in trying times, when nothing seems “good enough.” I wish you the very best and may these quotes serve as a reminder that you are wonderful simply the way you are. You need not change for anyone else but yourself. Best of luck! With all your future endeavors may you receive happiness, faith, trust, and love from all those who care about you and those who you love as well! Lots and lots of best wishes for a hearty future and zealous life ahead! Best wishes.

1. Albert Einstein

-Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow!

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    2. Dr. Seuss

    You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose!

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      3. Howard Thurman

      Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who come alive!

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        4. Thomas Edison

        I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work!

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          5. Howard Zinn

          -Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world!

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            6. Winston Churchill

            -A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject! 

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              7. Sigmund Freud

              -Being entirely honest with yourself is a good exercise!

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                8. John Steinbeck

                -The free exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world!

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                  9. Shakespeare

                  …and we’ll live, and pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh at gilded butterflies…and take upon the mystery of things as if we were God’s spies!

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                    10. Martin Luther King Jr.

                    -Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter!

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                      11. Harry S. Truman

                      -The truth is all I want for history!

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                        12. Robert M. Pirsig

                        The only Zen you find on top of mountains is the Zen you bring up there!

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                          13. James Buchanan

                          What is right and what is practicable are two different things!

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                            14. Albert Einstein

                            Imagination is more important than knowledge!

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                              15. Billie Holiday

                              -Don’t threaten me with love, baby. Let’s just go walking in the rain!

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                                13. Alan Key

                                -The best way to predict the future is to invent it!

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                                  14. Cavett Robert

                                  -If you don’t think every day is a good day, just try missing one!

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                                    15. Frank Zappa

                                    If you end up with a boring, miserable life because you listened to your mom, dad, teacher, priest, or some guy on television telling you how to do your shit, then you deserve it!

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                                      16. Eminem

                                      -Some people dream of success….while others wake up and work hard for it!

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                                        17. Tim Duncan

                                        -Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best!

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                                          18. Emma Watson

                                          -Don’t feel stupid if you don’t like what everyone else pretends to love!

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                                            19. Mahatma Gandhi

                                            -first they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win!

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                                              20. Bob Marley

                                              -The truth is everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for!

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                                                21. Lao Tzu

                                                -The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step!

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                                                  21. Coco Chanel

                                                  -How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone!

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                                                    22. Albert Einstein

                                                    -Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value!

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                                                      23. Walter Cronkite

                                                      -Success is more permanent when you achieve it without destroying your principles!

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                                                        24. Mahatma Gandhi

                                                        -You must be the change you want to see in the world!

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                                                          25. M. Teresa

                                                          -Kind words are short and easy but their echoes are endless!

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                                                            26. Will Smith

                                                            -If you’re absent during my struggle, don’t expect me to be present during your success!

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                                                              27. Seth Godin

                                                              -Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from!

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                                                                28. Dr. Steve Maraboli

                                                                -Let go of the people that dull your shine, poison your spirit, and bring you drama. Cancel your subscription to their issues!

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                                                                  29. Unknown

                                                                  -Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections!

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                                                                    30. Albert Einstein

                                                                    Life is like a riding bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving!

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                                                                      31. Ralph Waldo Emerson

                                                                      -What lies behind us and what lies before user tiny matters compared to what lies within us!

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                                                                        32. Socrates

                                                                        -There is only one good knowledge, and one evil, ignorance!

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                                                                          33. Oscar Wilde

                                                                          Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing!

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                                                                            34. Unknown

                                                                            -every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you’ll never get back!

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                                                                              How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)

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                                                                              How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)

                                                                              You’re standing behind the curtain, just about to make your way on stage to face the many faces half-shrouded in darkness in front of you. As you move towards the spotlight, your body starts to feel heavier with each step. A familiar thump echoes throughout your body – your heartbeat has gone off the charts.

                                                                              Don’t worry, you’re not the only one with glossophobia(also known as speech anxiety or the fear of speaking to large crowds). Sometimes, the anxiety happens long before you even stand on stage.

                                                                              Your body’s defence mechanism responds by causing a part of your brain to release adrenaline into your blood – the same chemical that gets released as if you were being chased by a lion.

                                                                              Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you overcome your fear of public speaking:

                                                                              1. Prepare yourself mentally and physically

                                                                              According to experts, we’re built to display anxiety and to recognize it in others. If your body and mind are anxious, your audience will notice. Hence, it’s important to prepare yourself before the big show so that you arrive on stage confident, collected and ready.

                                                                              “Your outside world is a reflection of your inside world. What goes on in the inside, shows on the outside.” – Bob Proctor

                                                                              Exercising lightly before a presentation helps get your blood circulating and sends oxygen to the brain. Mental exercises, on the other hand, can help calm the mind and nerves. Here are some useful ways to calm your racing heart when you start to feel the butterflies in your stomach:

                                                                              Warming up

                                                                              If you’re nervous, chances are your body will feel the same way. Your body gets tense, your muscles feel tight or you’re breaking in cold sweat. The audience will notice you are nervous.

                                                                              If you observe that this is exactly what is happening to you minutes before a speech, do a couple of stretches to loosen and relax your body. It’s better to warm up before every speech as it helps to increase the functional potential of the body as a whole. Not only that, it increases muscle efficiency, improves reaction time and your movements.

                                                                              Here are some exercises to loosen up your body before show time:

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                                                                              1. Neck and shoulder rolls – This helps relieve upper body muscle tension and pressure as the rolls focus on rotating the head and shoulders, loosening the muscle. Stress and anxiety can make us rigid within this area which can make you feel agitated, especially when standing.
                                                                              2. Arm stretches – We often use this part of our muscles during a speech or presentation through our hand gestures and movements. Stretching these muscles can reduce arm fatigue, loosen you up and improve your body language range.
                                                                              3. Waist twists – Place your hands on your hips and rotate your waist in a circular motion. This exercise focuses on loosening the abdominal and lower back regions which is essential as it can cause discomfort and pain, further amplifying any anxieties you may experience.

                                                                              Stay hydrated

                                                                              Ever felt parched seconds before speaking? And then coming up on stage sounding raspy and scratchy in front of the audience? This happens because the adrenaline from stage fright causes your mouth to feel dried out.

                                                                              To prevent all that, it’s essential we stay adequately hydrated before a speech. A sip of water will do the trick. However, do drink in moderation so that you won’t need to go to the bathroom constantly.

                                                                              Try to avoid sugary beverages and caffeine, since it’s a diuretic – meaning you’ll feel thirstier. It will also amplify your anxiety which prevents you from speaking smoothly.

                                                                              Meditate

                                                                              Meditation is well-known as a powerful tool to calm the mind. ABC’s Dan Harris, co-anchor of Nightline and Good Morning America weekend and author of the book titled10% Happier , recommends that meditation can help individuals to feel significantly calmer, faster.

                                                                              Meditation is like a workout for your mind. It gives you the strength and focus to filter out the negativity and distractions with words of encouragement, confidence and strength.

                                                                              Mindfulness meditation, in particular, is a popular method to calm yourself before going up on the big stage. The practice involves sitting comfortably, focusing on your breathing and then bringing your mind’s attention to the present without drifting into concerns about the past or future – which likely includes floundering on stage.

                                                                              Here’s a nice example of guided meditation before public speaking:

                                                                              2. Focus on your goal

                                                                              One thing people with a fear of public speaking have in common is focusing too much on themselves and the possibility of failure.

                                                                              Do I look funny? What if I can’t remember what to say? Do I look stupid? Will people listen to me? Does anyone care about what I’m talking about?’

                                                                              Instead of thinking this way, shift your attention to your one true purpose – contributing something of value to your audience.

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                                                                              Decide on the progress you’d like your audience to make after your presentation. Notice their movements and expressions to adapt your speech to ensure that they are having a good time to leave the room as better people.

                                                                              If your own focus isn’t beneficial and what it should be when you’re speaking, then shift it to what does. This is also key to establishing trust during your presentation as the audience can clearly see that you have their interests at heart.[1]

                                                                              3. Convert negativity to positivity

                                                                              There are two sides constantly battling inside of us – one is filled with strength and courage while the other is doubt and insecurities. Which one will you feed?

                                                                              ‘What if I mess up this speech? What if I’m not funny enough? What if I forget what to say?’

                                                                              It’s no wonder why many of us are uncomfortable giving a presentation. All we do is bring ourselves down before we got a chance to prove ourselves. This is also known as a self-fulfilling prophecy – a belief that comes true because we are acting as if it already is. If you think you’re incompetent, then it will eventually become true.

                                                                              Motivational coaches tout that positive mantras and affirmations tend to boost your confidents for the moments that matter most. Say to yourself: “I’ll ace this speech and I can do it!”

                                                                              Take advantage of your adrenaline rush to encourage positive outcome rather than thinking of the negative ‘what ifs’.

                                                                              Here’s a video of Psychologist Kelly McGonigal who encourages her audience to turn stress into something positive as well as provide methods on how to cope with it:

                                                                              4. Understand your content

                                                                              Knowing your content at your fingertips helps reduce your anxiety because there is one less thing to worry about. One way to get there is to practice numerous times before your actual speech.

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                                                                              However, memorizing your script word-for-word is not encouraged. You can end up freezing should you forget something. You’ll also risk sounding unnatural and less approachable.

                                                                              “No amount of reading or memorizing will make you successful in life. It is the understanding and the application of wise thought that counts.” – Bob Proctor

                                                                              Many people unconsciously make the mistake of reading from their slides or memorizing their script word-for-word without understanding their content – a definite way to stress themselves out.

                                                                              Understanding your speech flow and content makes it easier for you to convert ideas and concepts into your own words which you can then clearly explain to others in a conversational manner. Designing your slides to include text prompts is also an easy hack to ensure you get to quickly recall your flow when your mind goes blank.[2]

                                                                              One way to understand is to memorize the over-arching concepts or ideas in your pitch. It helps you speak more naturally and let your personality shine through. It’s almost like taking your audience on a journey with a few key milestones.

                                                                              5. Practice makes perfect

                                                                              Like most people, many of us are not naturally attuned to public speaking. Rarely do individuals walk up to a large audience and present flawlessly without any research and preparation.

                                                                              In fact, some of the top presenters make it look easy during showtime because they have spent countless hours behind-the-scenes in deep practice. Even great speakers like the late John F. Kennedy would spend months preparing his speech beforehand.

                                                                              Public speaking, like any other skill, requires practice – whether it be practicing your speech countless of times in front of a mirror or making notes. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect!

                                                                              6. Be authentic

                                                                              There’s nothing wrong with feeling stressed before going up to speak in front of an audience.

                                                                              Many people fear public speaking because they fear others will judge them for showing their true, vulnerable self. However, vulnerability can sometimes help you come across as more authentic and relatable as a speaker.

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                                                                              Drop the pretence of trying to act or speak like someone else and you’ll find that it’s worth the risk. You become more genuine, flexible and spontaneous, which makes it easier to handle unpredictable situations – whether it’s getting tough questions from the crowd or experiencing an unexpected technical difficulty.

                                                                              To find out your authentic style of speaking is easy. Just pick a topic or issue you are passionate about and discuss this like you normally would with a close family or friend. It is like having a conversation with someone in a personal one-to-one setting. A great way to do this on stage is to select a random audience member(with a hopefully calming face) and speak to a single person at a time during your speech. You’ll find that it’s easier trying to connect to one person at a time than a whole room.

                                                                              With that said, being comfortable enough to be yourself in front of others may take a little time and some experience, depending how comfortable you are with being yourself in front of others. But once you embrace it, stage fright will not be as intimidating as you initially thought.

                                                                              Presenters like Barack Obama are a prime example of a genuine and passionate speaker:

                                                                              7. Post speech evaluation

                                                                              Last but not the least, if you’ve done public speaking and have been scarred from a bad experience, try seeing it as a lesson learned to improve yourself as a speaker.

                                                                              Don’t beat yourself up after a presentation

                                                                              We are the hardest on ourselves and it’s good to be. But when you finish delivering your speech or presentation, give yourself some recognition and a pat on the back.

                                                                              You managed to finish whatever you had to do and did not give up. You did not let your fears and insecurities get to you. Take a little more pride in your work and believe in yourself.

                                                                              Improve your next speech

                                                                              As mentioned before, practice does make perfect. If you want to improve your public speaking skills, try asking someone to film you during a speech or presentation. Afterwards, watch and observe what you can do to improve yourself next time.

                                                                              Here are some questions you can ask yourself after every speech:

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                                                                              • How did I do?
                                                                              • Are there any areas for improvement?
                                                                              • Did I sound or look stressed?
                                                                              • Did I stumble on my words? Why?
                                                                              • Was I saying “um” too often?
                                                                              • How was the flow of the speech?

                                                                              Write everything you observed down and keep practicing and improving. In time, you’ll be able to better manage your fears of public speaking and appear more confident when it counts.

                                                                              If you want even more tips about public speaking or delivering a great presentation, check out these articles too:

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