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How to Declutter Your Mind to Sharpen Your Brain and Fall Asleep Faster

How to Declutter Your Mind to Sharpen Your Brain and Fall Asleep Faster

When you have many thoughts in your mind, it can be overwhelming. Maybe you won’t be able to focus on just the thing you’re working on because of other things on your mind; or worse, you can’t fall asleep because of all the thoughts that get stuck in your brain.

But don’t worry, in this article I’ll get you some practical tips on how to declutter your mind for a sharper brain.

Why is your mind cluttered?

With access to different information platforms like Google, Facebook, News channels, families and even your own perspectives walking down the street, your mind becomes cluttered. Your brain is busier than ever before as an information-processing system.[1]

As you sit down to work in front of your computer, you may find yourself too overwhelmed to focus. Your head is stuck and you are mentally paralyzed.

An office worker could be trying to finish his project but gets distracted by customer emails. A mom of two kids could be wondering how she would ever be able to meet her deadline. An entrepreneur could be battling his fears of not doing good enough and thinking about getting a new job.[2]

What happens all the time is that you don’t give your brain one thing to focus on. Your brain is trying to focus on too many things at once and you end up getting stuck.

    According to Psychology Today,

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    “Clutter bombards our minds with excessive stimuli, causing our senses to work overtime on stimuli that aren’t necessary or important.”

    When you are not giving yourself a place to focus, your mind chooses to focus on the fears and negative emotions. This makes you end up losing time and money.

    How to declutter your mind — utilizing a brain dump

    Decluttering your mind starts with a brain dump. It can last as quick as ten minutes.

    According to Tech Target,[3]

    “A brain dump is a complete transfer of accessible knowledge about a particular subject from your brain to some other storage medium, such as paper or your computer’s hard drive.”

    Brain dumps is the best way to take everything going on in your head out onto paper. This can get yourself out of a state of overwhelm and confusion, and turn your mental paralysis into action.

    By doing an effective brain dump, you release all of the information your brain tries to store and allows you to decide what is important.

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      1. Do a brain dump for 10 minutes every day

      Each night when you are done for the day, do a brain dump exercise.

      Use this information to build out your to do list for the next day. This also frees up your mind to focus on family and even sleep.

        You may find that when you get started with a brain dump, you have a hard time writing down what is in your mind.

        At other times you may mass distribute the words in your head onto paper at rapid speed.

        Whichever the case, grab a pen and paper and set the timer for ten minutes.

        Whatever comes to your mind, write it down. Do not edit as you write or worry about grammar. By simply writing, you transfer all of that information and later you will read this information and store it as needed.

        Write for ten minutes straight, if you cannot think of anything to write, write “I have nothing to write”. Doing this keeps your pen to paper and opens up the creative flow.

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        2. Categorize your brain dump

        Jotting everything down on paper and putting items into your calendar is the goal. It starts with looking at your braindump and identifying the themes.

        • Are there projects / tasks on the paper?
        • Which items are new ideas?
        • Which items are work related, family related, or hobby related?

        Create different categories and begin organizing each of the items on your braindump. Include a miscellaneous section for the random thoughts that you have.

        When you start to organize your brain dump, you can see where your mind is focused and possibly where you need to spend more time.

        An effective brain dump will allow you to focus on what matters. What you write down may not be relevant right now but you may need it at a future date.

        3. Turn ideas into a to-do list

          When you do your brain dumps at night, you are able to create your to-do list for the next day and set yourself up for success. Instead of showing up to work the next morning to get organized, you are ready to go and can jump right in.

          While building your to-do list, you can either defer tasks to a later date or delegate them out.

          Take a look at your calendar and start carving in the time. Identify the tasks that need to be done the next day or a few days later, focusing in on two to three major tasks a day. You can prioritize the tasks based on their importance and urgency.

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          When braindumping becomes a part of your life, you will notice that you’re less overwhelmed and have more time to focus on tasks at hand. You will see a boost in your productivity and the quality of work.

          The less clutter, the sharper your brain

          Brain dumping is a great way to declutter your brain, from negative emotions to the tasks you work on each day.

          At the end of your day, conduct a brain dump for ten minutes. Give yourself enough time after the brain dump to take a look at the tasks on your list.

          Identify the tasks that have a high priority and cannot be delegated or deferred, and begin to place the high priority tasks into your calendar.

          By focusing on the tasks each day, you know what you are working on and what your next step is. You will save a lot of time and energy by spending it on what matters.

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          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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