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5 Ways To Create A Powerfully Productive Mind

5 Ways To Create A Powerfully Productive Mind

How often do you feel busy, but feeling as if you’re not actually getting anything done?

Days go by and you feel consistently overwhelmed with so many things on your plate, but you don’t actually make any real progress on anything meaningful.

Then we look around and wonder how so many others we look up to seem to get so much more accomplished…

Unfortunately for us, we live in the most distracting era in all of human history. While there are a ton of tools, apps and notebooks to help us prioritize and schedule our tasks, our mind only has limited processing power. When too many things are going in, it gets bogged down and our focus will constantly be switching all over the place. This leads to that wonderfully frustrating feeling that is procrastination.

A mind that is overwhelmed cannot effectively take anything new on. Creating a powerful mind capable of focus and productivity starts with taking back control of everything entering it.

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Here are 5 tactics I’ve used and shared with many others that you can implement to dramatically boost your minds ability to focus and fend off procrastination

1. Control your Physical Clutter

How does your environment look around you? Is it organized or chaotic with items scattered all over your desk or bedroom? Our physical worlds tend to be a reflection of our mental worlds. You may wonder how this matters in being more productive, but a messy physical world actually draws energy from our mind. Energy and focus we could be using towards more meaningful things… If our room is a mess or the kitchen needs to be tidied, every-time we see this it will draw energy as we’re reminded of what we need to do. An excellent resource on this, is Marie Kondos book on “The Magic of Tidying Up.”

“When you put your house in order, you put your affairs in order too.” – Marie Kondo

The more minimalist of a life we can practice the more productive space we can create in our mind. Going through old items and clothes and removing them (I recommend donating clothes) can make you feel like you lost 10 pounds of mental load. Steve Jobs actually wore the same outfit each day so he didn’t have to exert any energy thinking about it and could instead focus on the tasks of the day ahead. This is an extreme example, but it emphasizes the power of this…

2. Control your Virtual Clutter

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    How many notifications are on your phone right now? Better yet, how many unread emails are in your inbox? A few years back I reached a point where I had several thousand unread emails in my inbox. It was to the point where even just opening my inbox made me instantly feel overwhelmed. Much like physical clutter, virtual clutter is a VERY real thing and can cause us to expend tons of unnecessary energy each day.

    What can we do about it?

    Unsubscribe to emails you don’t find any value in, ask to be taken off email chains that you don’t need to directly respond too and really decrease the amount of email coming in. Once done, I highly recommend practicing inbox zero to really optimize your time spent there. Social media can also be a huge energy drainer with the amount of negativity that seems to be rampant on it recently. Clean it up just like your email. Be relentless, your mental energy and state is yours to protect. Un-follow people who post things that you find are taking you find are negatively impacting your mindset.

    The more of this energy we take back the more we can use it towards important things.

    3. Become unafraid of saying NO

    If you find yourself in the state we described above, of constantly feeling overwhelmed and busy you should probably be saying no more often then you say yes. Think about it, if we are already procrastinating and behind on things, how will saying yes to taking on more items or event invitations possibly make that any better? Many people (including myself at a time) are afraid to say no to people, don’t be.

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    Darren Hardy, former publisher of success magazine tells a story of a company trying to bring on Richard Branson as a speaker. They called three times to Bransons assistant, offering more money with each call, but each time the assistant did not pass on the message. Why? Branson was locked into his 3 current strategic objectives he was working on, and speaking was not one of them. He had specifically instructed to say NO to anything note related to those 3 objectives.

    While I believe we should always make time for important events but it is only by saying no that we can truly control our energy, focus and time.

    4. You lack a defined schedule

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      One of the bluntest pieces of productivity advice I ever received was the following. “If it’s not on your schedule, it does not exist.” When we try to accomplish things without setting aside planned time to do them usually one of two things happen. 1. It never gets done. 2. It gets done bit by bit taking far longer than we wanted. We need to create non-negotiable scheduled time to complete the important tasks we need to get done to reach our goals. Point #3 above becomes important when people ask you to do things during this time.

      Think about someone who wants to get into better shape. If they simply just try to “fit in a workout when they’re free”, we know will probably never or very rarely see this person in the gym.  We need to plan the time when we will workout and ideally have it at the same time each week. Being productive toward your business, career, or almost any goal should be handled the same way.

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      5. Upgrade your lifestyle

      In order to help create a powerfully productive mind, we need to build a lifestyle that creates energy to be our best self. If you are frequently tired and without energy you may need to look at your daily habits. Don’t neglect your sleep, your nutrition or your fitness. Treat and care for your mind and body like a Rolls Royce and they will give you the energy you need to get more done, battle procrastination and get you exactly where you want to go in life. My own life changed dramatically when I emphasized all of the above, having more energy in my 30’s then I did in my early 20’s.

      Our billionaire friend, Richard Branson also agrees and says how he finds working out each day gives him 4 extra hours of productivity. 

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      Last Updated on June 25, 2019

      100 Motivational Quotes That Will Guide You To Massive Success

      100 Motivational Quotes That Will Guide You To Massive Success

      Below are the 100 most motivational quotes ever. Read them and get motivated for success, and share this post to help your friends get success too!

      1. All our dream can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. – Walt Disney

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        2. Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude. – Zig Ziglar

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          3. The Man Who Has Confidence In Himself Gains The Confidence Of Others. – Hasidic Proverb

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            4. What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.– Napoleon Hill

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              5. For me, life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer. – Arnold Schwarzenegger

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                6. What you seek is seeking you. – Rumi

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                  7. It is never too late to be what you might have been. —George Eliot

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                    8. Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once. —Drew Houston

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                      9. The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus. – Bruce Lee

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                        10. I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. – Thomas Jefferson

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                          11. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Lao Tzu

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                            12.The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. – Ayn Rand

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                              13. Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. – Mahatma Gandhi

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                                14. The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it. –  Jordan Belfort

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                                  15. When you can’t change the direction of the wind, just adjust your sails. – H. Jackson Brown Jr

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                                    16. Security Is Mostly A Superstition. Life Is Either A Daring Adventure Or Nothing. – Helen Keller

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                                      17. Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions. – Tony Robbins

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                                        18. We become what we think about most of the time, and that’s the strangest secret. – Earl Nightingale

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                                          19. Double down on whats working. Cut the rest. – Tai Lopez

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                                            20. The best revenge is massive success. – Frank Sinatra

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                                              21. Tough times never last, but tough people do. – Dr. Robert Schuller

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                                                22. Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion. Tony Hsieh

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                                                  23. I’ve been blessed to find people who are smarter than I am, and they help me to execute the vision I have. – Russell Simmons

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                                                    24. The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. – Benjamin Disraeli

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                                                      25. Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. – Napoleon Hill

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                                                        26. If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. – Jim Rohn

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                                                          27. People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do. – Rob Siltanen

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                                                            28. Poor people have big TVs. Rich people have a big library. – Jim Rohn

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                                                              29. A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship. – John D. Rockefeller

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                                                                30. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. – Walt Disney

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                                                                  31. The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks. – Mark Zuckerburg

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                                                                    32. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do that the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain

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                                                                      33. Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.”– Jack Canfield

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                                                                        34. If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything. – Malcolm X

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                                                                          35. Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy. or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan. – Larry Winget

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                                                                            36. Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning. – Robert Kiyosaki

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                                                                              37. If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results. – Tony Robbins

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                                                                                38. Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly. – John F. Kennedy

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                                                                                  39. Reading is to the mind, as exercise is to the body. – Brian Tracy

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                                                                                    40. The best reason to start an organization is to make meaning; to create a product or service to make the world a better place. – Guy Kawasaki

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                                                                                      41.You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them. —Michael Jordan

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                                                                                        42. Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. – John D. Rockefeller

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                                                                                          43. Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping-stones to success. – Dale Carnegie

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                                                                                            44. The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself. – Mark Caine

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                                                                                              45. Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. —Warren Buffett

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                                                                                                46. Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real, it is possible, it’s yours. – Ayr Rand

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                                                                                                  47. If you are willing to do more than you are paid to do, eventually you will be paid to do more than you do. – Anonymous

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                                                                                                    48. Make each day your masterpiece.  – John Wooden

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                                                                                                      49. You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down and it has made all the difference in my life. – Steve Jobs

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                                                                                                        50. Knowing Is Not Enough; We Must Apply. Wishing Is Not Enough; We Must Do. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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                                                                                                          51. If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete. – Jack Welch

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                                                                                                            52. People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy. – Tony Robbins

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                                                                                                              53. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretzky

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                                                                                                                54. You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. – Margaret Thatcher

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                                                                                                                  55. If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you! – T. Harv Eker

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                                                                                                                    56. Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment. – Stephen Covey

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                                                                                                                      57. Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. – Pablo Picasso

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                                                                                                                        58 – Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment. – Oprah Winfrey

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                                                                                                                          59. I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine. – Neil Armstrong

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                                                                                                                            60. A goal is a dream with a deadline. – Napoleon Hill

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                                                                                                                              61.You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. – John C. Maxwell

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                                                                                                                                62. The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. – Oprah Winfrey

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                                                                                                                                  63. The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. – Mark Twain

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                                                                                                                                    64. Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else. – Les Brown

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                                                                                                                                      65. Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work. – Stephen King

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                                                                                                                                        66. A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success. – Joyce Brothers

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                                                                                                                                          67. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams

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                                                                                                                                            68. If you’re not stubborn, you’ll give up on experiments too soon. And if you’re not flexible, you’ll pound your head against the wall and you won’t see a different solution to a problem you’re trying to solve. – Jeff Bezos

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                                                                                                                                              69. Imagine Your Life Is Perfect In Every Respect; What Would It Look Like? – Brian Tracy

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                                                                                                                                                70. First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win. –  Mahatma Gandhi

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                                                                                                                                                  71. Do one thing every day that scares you. – Eleanor Roosevelt

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                                                                                                                                                    72. Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential. – John Maxwell

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                                                                                                                                                      73. It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop. – Confucius

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                                                                                                                                                        74. If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs. – Dhirubhai Ambani

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                                                                                                                                                          75. A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. – David Brinkley

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                                                                                                                                                            76. Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness. – Ayr Rand

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                                                                                                                                                              77. When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. – Alexander Graham Bell

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                                                                                                                                                                78. Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. – Albert Einstein

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                                                                                                                                                                  79. The number one reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors. – Napoleon Hill

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                                                                                                                                                                    80. Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people. – Eleanor Roosevelt

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                                                                                                                                                                      81. The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

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                                                                                                                                                                        82. If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. – Jim Rohn

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                                                                                                                                                                          83. Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill

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                                                                                                                                                                            84. The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. – Henry David Thoreau

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                                                                                                                                                                              85. Take one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, and live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success that is the way great spiritual giants are produced. – Swami Vivekananda

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                                                                                                                                                                                86. Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. – Henry Ford

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                                                                                                                                                                                  87. It always seems impossible until it’s done. – Nelson Mandela

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                                                                                                                                                                                    88. Be so good they can’t ignore you. – Steve Martin

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                                                                                                                                                                                      89. If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t run, then walk, if you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward. – Martin Luther King Jr.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        90. In the end, we only regret the chance we didn’t take – Lewis Carroll

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                                                                                                                                                                                          91. Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world… if you do so, you are insulting yourself – Bill Gates

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                                                                                                                                                                                            92. Small daily improvements are the key to staggering long term results – Unknown

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                                                                                                                                                                                              93. Many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas Edison

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                                                                                                                                                                                                94. Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going – Jim Rohn

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  95. The best way to predict the future is to create it – Peter Drucker

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    96. It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up. – Vince Lombardi

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      97. The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        98. Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today. – Will Rogers

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          99.You learn more from failure than from success. Don’t let it stop you. Failure builds character. – Unknown

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            100. Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other. – Brian Tracy

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