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100 Ways To Calm Yourself When Life Is Getting Tough

100 Ways To Calm Yourself When Life Is Getting Tough

“I think that, for most of us, there are times in life when it all just feels like Too Much.” – Therapist, Annie Wright

Life isn’t always easy. There may be times when you stumble and struggle through the day; times when you feel like you’ve had enough. Circumstances where you feel totally overwhelmed. Occasions when you feel sad, depressed, angry or even unloved.

Sometimes, there maybe no apparent reason for these feelings. Other times, they may stem from obvious reasons such as being heartbroken, suffering from anxiety or even a mental illness. It’s okay! We are only human after all. We feel. It’s a part of who we are.

When you feel that life is tough, here are 100 ways to calm yourself, restore the inner peace and make yourself happy. It’s often the simple things in life, that make all the difference.

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    #1 Be Generous. Give something to a total stranger. Acts of giving make us feel warm and fuzzy inside.

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      #2 Sit in a coffee shop or a busy street and soak up your surroundings. You don’t have to talk to people.

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        #3 On the flip side, if being around people is feeling too much for you. Go home. Relax.

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          #4 Practice self-love. Each day remind yourself that you are a strong, beautiful person, with a lot to offer.

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            #5 Educate yourself: research what it is you are experiencing. Arm yourself with knowledge and the resources to tackle the problems head on.

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              #6 Preparation: Write the day’s to-do list the evening before.

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                #7  Create a dream sanctuary; surround yourself with inspirational quotes and positivity. You can use your laptop and create a folder dedicated to this.

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                  #8 Strengths: Write down a list of 20 of your strengths. [ good communicator, empathetic etc.]

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                    #9 Keep going forward. Keep taking small steps, no matter what. Being stagnant doesn’t serve you. Are you looking to start a business? What steps can you take each day to make that dream a reality.

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                      #10 Walk: Walking helps clear your mind. It offers you a different perspective.

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                        #11 Indulge. Take a day off to spend a whole day doing exactly what you want. Eat what you want. Watch series. Go wild.

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                          #12 Cry: Release all that emotion. You will feel better.

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                            #13 Talk: Call or meet someone in person to chat about problems.

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                              #14 Re-visit an old hobby. If you don’t have one, create one. Paint. Read. Sculpt. Gardening.

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                                #15 Prioritize: Decide what’s important right now. Say no to extra obligations.

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                                  #16 Alleviate pressure: Reduce expectations of yourself and others.

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                                    #17 Sleep: Get enough rest. Sleep 7-9 hours each night.

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                                      #18 Nap: Give yourself a break. Afternoon naps have been shown to increase creativity.

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                                        #19 Help: Don’t be afraid to ask someone for help; friend, colleagues or a therapist. Maybe you are struggling emotionally. Maybe you need help with launching a business. Often we get caught up in what we are doing, we forget that help is just a phone call away.

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                                          #20 Be silly: Do something that you did as a child. Don’t take life too seriously.

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                                            #21 Surround yourself with beauty: Visit an art gallery. Re-instill beauty in your life.

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                                              #22 Restore your faith in humanity: Search the internet for inspiring stories.

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                                                #23 Surround yourself with positive people who can support you.

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                                                  #24 Let your hair down: A night out in town might help you blow off some steam.

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                                                    #25 Meditate: Learn to calm yourself.

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                                                      #26 Hydrate: Don’t forget to drink enough water.

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                                                        #27 Check your self-talk. Negative self-talk does not serve you.

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                                                          #28 Change your self-talk to positive self-talk.

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                                                            #29 Eat: Make sure you eat healthy foods; if possible,smaller portions.

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                                                              #30 Watch a silly movie: This can be a welcome distraction.

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                                                                #31 When you wake up, stretch like you did when you were young.

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                                                                  #32 Shower: A nice warm shower makes you feel good.

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                                                                    #33 If you feel something is wrong physiologically, schedule a meeting with your doctor.

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                                                                      #34 Cuddle: whether it’s your dog, cat, friend or partner. We are human. We require touch.

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                                                                        #35 Intense Exercise: running or even swimming. This will increase energy levels.

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                                                                          #36 Journal: Develop a habit of journaling. This will help free your mind.

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                                                                            #37 Small steps: If you feel overwhelmed by everything, break it all up into small actionable steps.

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                                                                              #38 Gratitude list: Write down a list of 20 things you can be grateful for.

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                                                                                #39 Accomplishments: Write down a list of 20 things you have accomplished so far.

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                                                                                  #40 Remind yourself of the value you have to offer. We are often so good at something, that it becomes second nature. We don’t recognize that it’s something other people can’t easily do. Recognize that value.

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                                                                                    #41 Write down the two most important things you want to complete each day.

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                                                                                      #42 Wake up. Complete the two most important things. Then do other tasks.

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                                                                                        #43 Clean your bedroom. De-cluttering your environment is magical.

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                                                                                          #44 Relax: Lie in an open field and stare at the clouds.

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                                                                                            #45 Read a good book. Get lost in another world.

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                                                                                              #46 Take a break from social media, if it all feels too much.

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                                                                                                #47 Avoid the comparison game. If you find yourself comparing yourself to others remind yourself (daily) that it’s not healthy.

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                                                                                                  #48 Pamper yourself. Go to the spa.

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                                                                                                    #49 Ask for reassurance from family and friends. Hearing ‘all will be fine’ is often all that is needed.

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                                                                                                      #50 Listen to your favorite music (not a love song, if you are heartbroken).

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                                                                                                        #51 Volunteer and give back to your community. Maybe a pet shelter?

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                                                                                                          #52 Find a safe place to scream and let it all out. Keeping emotions bottled up is not healthy. It creates stress and can cause anxiety.

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                                                                                                            #53 Eat foods that make you feel comfortable.

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                                                                                                              #54 Embrace silence. Go somewhere to be alone.

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                                                                                                                #55 Think about your dreams. Allow yourself to dream. Write down your dreams.

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                                                                                                                  #56 Do simple coloring in books. Be like a child.

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                                                                                                                    #57 Take a walk on the beach. The ocean is soothing.

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                                                                                                                      #58 Mountains are strong and secure. Find them. Absorb them.

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                                                                                                                        #59 If Self-help books overwhelm you. Read fiction instead.

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                                                                                                                          #60 Get inspired. Watch inspiring videos on Youtube.

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                                                                                                                            #61 Find those that have overcome what you are going through to restore inner strength.

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                                                                                                                              #62 Get expert help (psychologist, doctor etc) if required. Ask family for help with this.

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                                                                                                                                #63 You have won the lottery. Just being alive and being able to breathe is a privilege. Remind yourself of this each morning when you wake-up.

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                                                                                                                                  #64 Routines: When life is chaotic, establishing a routine provides stability.

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                                                                                                                                    #65 Embrace the sun. Soak it up. Go outdoors.

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                                                                                                                                      #66 10 min alignment exercise. Set a deep meaningful goal (e.g. being self-employed). Write down all the skills and abilities you have to achieve it now. Sit with those thoughts until you feel excited.

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                                                                                                                                        #67 Sit in silence and just breathe. In and out. Nice deep breaths.

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                                                                                                                                          #68 Seek out happy memories: go through photos of loved ones or even postcards from friends.

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                                                                                                                                            #69 Relax. Have a warm bath. Clear your mind.

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                                                                                                                                              #70 Invest in a miniature Zen Garden. Start by searching on the internet.

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                                                                                                                                                #71 Walk barefoot in the grass. This can be therapeutic.

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                                                                                                                                                  #72 Bake bread. Enjoy the process. Absorb the comforting smells of your creation.

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                                                                                                                                                    #73 Watch the sunrise, whilst sipping your favorite coffee. Get excited about the day that lies ahead.

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                                                                                                                                                      #74 Watch the sunset, with a glass of wine. Recap on the day.

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                                                                                                                                                        #75 Decorate your room or house. Make it look beautiful.

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                                                                                                                                                          #76 Call your boss. Tell him you’re sick. Just take the day off to unwind from all the stress.

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                                                                                                                                                            #77 Create a morning ritual that provides the needed support.

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                                                                                                                                                              #78 Or (because everyone is different) you can develop an evening ritual instead.

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                                                                                                                                                                #79 Switch off all devices an hour before you sleep for a good night’s rest.

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                                                                                                                                                                  #80 Help someone else with their problems. This can often be the best self-care.

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                                                                                                                                                                    #81 Watch a comedy show (live or on T.V.). Get yourself to laugh. Laughter, as they say, is often the best medicine.

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                                                                                                                                                                      #82 Dance. Dance on your own. Dance in your house. Dance wildly.

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                                                                                                                                                                        #83 Walk your dog and get exercise.

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                                                                                                                                                                          #84 Walk someone else’s dog and do them a favor in the process.

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                                                                                                                                                                            #85 Seek out new experiences. Do something you haven’t done before.

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                                                                                                                                                                              #86 Ideas. Start writing down all your ideas. Carry a notepad with you.

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                                                                                                                                                                                #87 Be spontaneous. Instill excitement into your life. For example, take a drive on the spur of the moment. If a friend calls you to do something, do it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  #88 Sign-up for the gym. Exercise helps clear your mind.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    #89 Or exercise in the comfort of your home – you don’t have to spend lots of money to stay fit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      #90 Plan a short road trip with a friend to get away.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        #91 Speak to a nutritionist to develop a food plan that can support you.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          #92 Try yoga. It’s great for the body and the mind.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            #93 Get rid of limiting beliefs that do not serve you. You may believe that you cannot do something, but is this really true? Consider what you can do right now to make it happen. Maybe you can ask for a friend’s advice to start?

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                                                                                                                                                                                              #94 Use your senses. Buy some incense for your house.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                #95 Love. Call someone (instead of texting). Tell them you love them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  #96 Listen to classical music. Get relaxed and improve your intelligence.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    #97 Spoil yourself. Buy yourself presents – flowers or even a new dress.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      #98 Sketch. Take out a notepad and start sketching. This can be therapeutic.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        #99 Wake up and listen to inspirational podcasts to get you motivated.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          #100 Remind yourself that life is a journey. Remember that what you are going through is temporary, It will pass.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Prepare You For Any Challenges In Life

                                                                                                                                                                                                          50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Prepare You For Any Challenges In Life

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Life is filled with highs and lows —happiness and struggles that will test your resilience and integrity, push you to overcome challenges and leave you with lessons that will make you even stronger on your way up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          It’s the way you feel and think about yourself, including your expectations and beliefs about what is possible to you, greatly determines everything that happens to you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          It all starts with your thoughts. When you change your thoughts, you transform the quality of your life. (Right, Nancy’s story is a typical example!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Below is a list of the best motivational quotes to inspire you to start your day with a blast:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Quotes for self-assurance

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality, upgrade your conviction to match your destiny.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                4. The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  5. You attract what you are, not what you want. If you want great, then be great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    6. It’s not who you are that holds you behind, it’s who you think your are not.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      7. Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        8. You should never regret anything in life. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it is experience.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          9. Falling down is an accident, staying down is a choice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            10. If you have the power to make someone happy, do it. The world needs more of that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              11. Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                12. Don’t be afraid to give up the good and go for great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  13. Remember that life’s greatest lessons are usually learned from worst times and from the worst mistakes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Quotes for work and success

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    14. Don’t talk, just act. Don’t say, just show. Don’t promise, just prove.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      15. Never stop doing great just because someone doesn’t give you credit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        16. Discipline is doing what needs to be done, even if you don’t want to.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          17. Work while they sleep. Learn while they party. Save while they spend. Live like they dream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            18. The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire, not things we fear.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              19. Never apologize for having high standards, people who really want to be in your life will rise to meet them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                20. If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  21. Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it, time will pass anyway.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    22. Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      23. A hill is just another opportunity to leave your competition behind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        24. Don’t quit. You’re already in pain. You’re already hurt. Get a reward from it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          25. Hustle until you no longer need to introduce yourself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            26. You didn’t come this far only to come this far.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              27. Be selective in your battles for sometimes peace is better than being right.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                28 If we keep doing what we are doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’re getting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  29. You will never know your limits until you push yourself to them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    30. Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      31. The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        32. If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          33. If you can’t handle stress, you won’t manage success.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            34. Don’t be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              35. Don’t mistake silence for weakness. Smart people don’t plan big moves out loud.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                36. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  37. Obsessed is the word the lazy use to describe dedicated.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    38. You become who you spend your time with.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      39. Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        40. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          41. If you don’t build your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            42. Between stimulus and response is our greatest power –the freedom to choose.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              43. What comes easy won’t last, what lasts won’t come easy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                44. Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  45. Work until your idols become your rivals.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Quotes about money

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    46. Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      47. I create new enemies every day, it’s called business.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        48. When you have a Million Dollar vision, don’t surround yourself with 1 cent minds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          49. You can’t get rich thinking poor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            50. Doing what is comfortable is rarely profitable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              51. If you can count your money, work harder.

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