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20 Inspirational Quotes of All Time that Can Change Your Life

20 Inspirational Quotes of All Time that Can Change Your Life

Like many other people, I love motivational and inspirational quotes. They remind me of the important attitudes to develop and maintain for day to day life.

Many famous people throughout history like past presidents like Abraham Lincoln, champion athletes like Michael Jordan, business leaders like Steve Jobs, scientists like Albert Einstein, world leaders like Winston Churchill, entertainers like Will Smith and development experts like Steven Covey have given us countless motivational quotes.

However, I have also come across equally inspiring and logical wisdom from people who were not as famous. Here are twenty such inspirational quotes that can change your life immediately if you adopt them for what they suggest.

“A soul without a high aim is like a ship without a rudder.” – Eileen Caddy

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    “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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      “Age is no guarantee of maturity.” – Lawana Blackwell

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        “Confidence, like art, never comes from having all the answers; it comes from being open to all the questions.” ~ Anonymous

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          “Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo

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            “Don’t count every hour in the day. Make every hour in the day count!” ~ Mark Amend

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              “Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure.” ~ Don Wilder

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                “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. It is delay, not defeat. “It is a temporary detour, not a dead-end street”. ~ Denis Waitley

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                  “Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it.”  – Horace Mann

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                    “I learned that good judgment comes from experience and that experience grows out of mistakes.” – Omar Bradley

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                      “If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.” ~ Alan K. Simpson

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                        “It’s not your circumstances that shape you, it’s how you react to your circumstances.” ~ Anne Ortlund

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                          “No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.” – George Jean Nathan

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                            “Nobody stands taller than those willing to stand corrected.” – William Safire

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                              “Someday is not a day of the week.” ~ Denise Brennan-Nelson

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                                “There are no short cuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills

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                                  “Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.” ~ Arthur Christopher Benson

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                                    “We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

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                                      “You can’t expect people to look eye to eye with you if you are looking down on them.” – Anonymous

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                                        And here is a final contribution from yours truly inspired from my own 20 years of martial arts competition career.

                                        “Our biggest competition is never the others. Instead, it is always ourselves. It doesn’t matter if we end up with first or last place. If we do our best to do better than before, then we’ve won.” ~ Clint Cora

                                        I hope you enjoy these inspirational quotes and feel free to comment on any of them below.

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                                        Last Updated on January 18, 2019

                                        7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

                                        7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

                                        Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

                                        But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

                                        If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

                                        1. Limit the time you spend with them.

                                        First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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                                        In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

                                        Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

                                        2. Speak up for yourself.

                                        Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

                                        3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

                                        This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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                                        But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

                                        4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

                                        Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

                                        This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

                                        Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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                                        5. Change the subject.

                                        When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

                                        Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

                                        6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

                                        Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

                                        I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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                                        You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

                                        Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

                                        7. Leave them behind.

                                        Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

                                        If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

                                        That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

                                        You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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