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Uncommon Quotes That Can Change Your Life

Uncommon Quotes That Can Change Your Life

Quotes are tiny stories. A story told in a few words that shout to our soul. Quotes are not meant to be read like an article or a book. Quotes can change your life only when you choose to be deliberate when you read them. Deliberately think about each group of quotes listed under the following photographs.

Consider these little-known quotes. Write them down in your personal journals. Ponder them one by one. Contemplate each word and let the message you see develop over time. Take one quote and with patience and expectation discover what these words mean to you.

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    The SEAL Code

    Here is an excerpt from the credo of the Navy SEALs: “I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity. My Nation expects me to be physically and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates and to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight.”

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      “The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” ~Anne Frank

      “We meet no ordinary people in our lives.” ~C.S. Lewis

      “The last of human freedoms—the ability to choose one’s attitude in a given set of circumstances.” ~Viktor E. Frankl

      “The soul is stronger than its surroundings.” ~William James

      “Know yourself.” ~Greek Proverb

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

      “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~Aristotle

      “Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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        “To be awake is to be alive.” ~Henry David Thoreau

        “The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.” ~Plutarch

        It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” ~John Wooden

        “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” ~Winston Churchill

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        “There is nothing brilliant nor outstanding in my record, except perhaps this one thing: I do the things that I believe ought to be done… And when I wake up my mind to do a thing, I act.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

        “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ~Thomas A. Edison

        “Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.” ~Neil Armstrong

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          “If you want to be happy, be.” ~Leo Tolstoy

          “If we all did the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.” ~Thomas Edison

          “Optimism is true moral courage.” ~Ernest Shackleton

          “Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life.” ~Pythagoras

          “The soul is stronger than its surroundings.” ~William James

          “So much of our time is spent in preparation, so much in routine and so much in retrospect, that the amount of each person’s genius is confined to a very few hours.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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            “The secret to life is meaningless unless you discover it yourself.” ~W. Somerset Maugham

            “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” ~Viktor E. Frankl

            “We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” ~Isaac Newton

            “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” ~John Wooden

            “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” ~Thomas A. Edison

            “If we all did the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.” ~Thomas Edison

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            “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” ~T. S. Eliot

            “He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

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              “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” ~Helen Keller

              “My thoughts disentangle themselves as they pass through my lips and fingertips.” ~Dawson Trotman

              “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” ~Leonardo da Vinci

              “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” ~Alexander Graham Bell

              “What do I mean by concentration? I mean focusing totally on the business at hand and commanding your body to do exactly what you want it to do.” ~Arnold Palmer

              “I was raised to face any challenge.”  ~Louis Zamperini

              “Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent.” ~Billy Graham

              “If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.” ~Thomas J. Watson

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                “Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.” ~Amelia Earhart

                “He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

                “The last of human freedoms—the ability to choose one’s attitude in a given set of circumstances.” ~Viktor E. Frankl

                “When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” ~George Washington Carver

                “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” ~Aristotle

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                “You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.” ~Aristotle

                “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” ~Winston Churchill

                “Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.” ~Neil Armstrong

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                  “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

                  “Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

                  “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” ~William James

                  “God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons that we could learn in no other way.” ~C.S. Lewis

                  “Peace begins with a smile.” ~Mother Teresa

                  “From caring comes courage.” ~Lao Tzu

                  Michael Oher: “I’ve never had one before.”

                  Leigh Anne Tuohy: “What? A room to yourself?”

                  Michael Oher: “A bed.”

                  ~Blindside

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                    “I am still learning.” ~Michelangelo

                    “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” ~Albert Einstein

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                    “Learning never exhausts the mind.” ~Leonardo da Vinci

                    “Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent.” ~Billy Graham

                    “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” ~Albert Einstein

                    “Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday.” ~John Wayne

                    “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” ~Pablo Picasso

                    “A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.” ~Will Rogers

                    “I really like reading books.” ~Dale Carnegie

                    “Think, think, think.”  ~A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

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                      “Change happens in an instant. It happens the moment you DECIDE to change.” ~ Allyson Lewis

                      I wrote this sentence in 2006. It has been read by tens of thousands of people and shared over and over through social media. Why did I choose my own quote to conclude this article? Because this quote is a tiny story of my life.

                      This is my story shared through words that shout to my soul.

                      Anne Frank’s quote shown inside the beautiful image of ice and light states, “Think of all the beauty still left around you and BE HAPPY.”

                      Obstacles and difficult circumstances regularly slam unexpectedly into our lives. Staring into hardship and chaos, I was faced with a decision. I could choose hardship or in an instant I could decide to change. Many of the quotes above have provided people with continual growth and inspiration.

                      Life changes when you decide to change.

                      I choose to BE HAPPY!

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                      Allyson is a nationally acclaimed author, motivator, speaker, time management, productivity strategist, and executive coach.

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                      Last Updated on January 16, 2020

                      12 Simple Ways to Boost Your Confidence Right Now

                      12 Simple Ways to Boost Your Confidence Right Now

                      The way you feel about yourself greatly influences how you live and interact with others. If you are confident about yourself, you tend to see yourself positively and actually enjoy spending time with and around people. You don’t feel self-conscious or awkward around others, and that allows you to live your fullest and happiest life.

                      However, if you’re drowning in a sea of self-doubt, hesitancy and shyness, you often withdraw and isolate yourself from others and avoid interacting and connecting with people. That anxiety you feel in the pit of your stomach when you are around people is holding you back greatly and it is not good for your emotional health and overall well-being. You need to do something about it if you are low in self-confidence or have friends or family members who are not confident.

                      “Confidence isn’t walking into a room thinking you’re better than everyone, it’s walking in not having to compare yourself to anyone” – Anonymous

                      Here are simple, practical tips to boost your confidence right now and make you feel and act your best.

                      1. Stop labeling yourself as awkward, timid or shy.

                      When you label yourself as awkward, timid or shy, you sub-consciously tell your mind to act accordingly and psychologically feel inclined to live up to those expectations. Instead of labeling and entertaining negative self-talk, visualize and affirm yourself as confident and strong. Close your eyes for a minute and visualize yourself in different situation as you would like to be.

                      Be your own cheerleader. Experts believe that positive affirmation and good mental practices like picturing yourself winning or achieving a goal can lead to greater feelings of self-assurance and prepare your brain for success.[1] As the saying goes, “seeing is believing.” Picture yourself as confident and soon enough you will begin to manifest behavior that gives evidence to this new ‘fact.’

                      2. Recognize that the world is not focused on you (unless, of course, you are Kanye West).

                      That means you don’t have to be excessively sensitive about who you are or what you are doing (or not doing). You are not on the center stage; there is no need for preoccupation with self and perfectionism. As rap music star Rocko sings, “You just do you and I will do me, aight?”

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                      Forget about trying to please everyone or being perfect. Trying to be perfect and being a people-pleaser puts too much pressure on you and creates unnecessary anxiety. Besides, people are too preoccupied with their own issues to pay much attention to your every move unless, of course, you are a mega famous, super celebrity like Beyonce or Kanye West.

                      3. Focus on other people as opposed to yourself.

                      If you are low on confidence, self-conscious, nervous and shy in social situations, focus your attention on other people and what they are saying or doing instead of focusing on your own awkwardness.

                      For example, think about what it is that is interesting about the person who’s the centre of the party or the guy or girl you are talking with. Prompt them to talk more about themselves and be genuinely curious and interested in what they say. You will instantly come across as confident and warmhearted.

                      People generally want to talk about themselves, be heard and understood. They will love it when you’re eager and willing to listen to them and really hear what they have to say.

                      This habit of focusing more on what you love in others as opposed to what you dislike in yourself will not only help you become more assertive and comfortable in virtually all social situations, but also instantly make you feel great about yourself.

                      4. Know (and accept) yourself for who you are.

                      Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher Sun Tzu, author of the internationally acclaimed book The Art of War, said, “Know yourself and you will win all battles.” Even in the battle with lack of confidence, you will need to know yourself to win.

                      Knowing yourself starts with understanding that people are not all the same, neither are all social situation suitable for everyone. You might not be confident in large gatherings, but you could be bold and confident in one-on-one and small group interactions. We all have our own unique gifts and unique ways of expressing ourselves. Embrace yours!

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                      Introverts, for example, have a quiet confidence that is, unfortunately, often confused for shyness. They are naturally low key and prefer to spend time alone. However, this natural disposition affords them certain unique gifts, such as an ability to listen better than most people and notice things that others don’t.

                      Your uniqueness is where your strength and advantage lies. You won’t be comfortable and confident in all situations all the time. Albert Einstein said,

                      “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

                      5. Crack a smile.

                      If there is one sure way to instantly boost your confidence, it’s cracking a smile. Christine Clapp, a public speaking expert at The George Washington University, says that flashing those pretty, pearly white teeth will immediately make you appear both confident and composed. But, the effect of smiling is not just external. Studies show that smiling can also help nix feelings of stress and pave the way for a happier and more relaxed you.[2]

                      Not a bad return for something seemingly so trite, wouldn’t you agree?

                      6. Break a sweat—with exercise.

                      Working out is another great way to make yourself feel amazing and confident. Science has shown that exercising increases your endorphins, helps reduce stress, tones your muscles and makes you feel happy and confident.[3]

                      And hey, all you have to do is take a walk a few times a week and you’ll see the benefits. What seems to matter—as far as your confidence goes—is whether you break a sweat, not how strenuous your session is, which is pretty cool. Start working out now.

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                      7. Groom yourself.

                      This might seem mundane, but it’s amazing how much of a difference a shower and shave can have on your confidence and self-image. And when you spritz on a scent, the boost on confidence and self-esteem is incredible. As it turns out, your favorite fragrance does more than make you smell oh-so-nice.

                      A study found that a fragrance can inspire confidence in men. Interestingly, the study also found that the more a man likes the fragrance, the more confident he might feel. Another study found that 90% of women feel more confident while wearing a scent than those who go fragrance-free.

                      8. Dress nicely.

                      Another one that might seem trite, but it works. If you dress nicely, you’ll instantly feel good about yourself and give your confidence a real boost. That is largely because you’ll feel attractive, presentable and sometimes even successful in nice clothes.

                      While dressing nicely means something different for everyone, it does not necessarily mean wearing $500 designer outfits. It means wearing clothes that are clean, that you are comfortable in and that are nice-looking and presentable, including casual clothes.

                      9. Do activities you enjoy.

                      Whether it is reading a book, playing a musical instrument, riding your bicycle or going fishing, do what you really enjoy and what makes you truly happy often. It will boost your self-esteem, soothe your ego and allow you to identify with your gifts and talents. That will in turn bolster your self-belief and grow your confidence exponentially.

                      You might not become popular for doing what you love, but you might not even want to be popular at all. Being popular doesn’t make you happy; doing what you love does.

                      10. Prepare for the possibility of rejection / setback.

                      Late World No. 1 professional tennis player Arthur Ashe said, “One important key to success is self-confidence. A key to self-confidence is preparation.” You need to prepare for the possibility of rejection and setback.

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                      Why?

                      Everybody suffers rejection and setback at one point or another. You are not exempted. The question on your mind, therefore, should not be if you will be rejected, but how you will handle rejection when it comes.

                      Prepare yourself adequately in every situation to minimize the risk and effect of rejection and so that your confidence is not broken. For example, learn public speaking and rehearse what you are going to say beforehand if you have landed a public speaking engagement. That way, you are sure of yourself and confident you have what it takes to hack it. If you are rejected, don’t take it personally.

                      Rejection and setbacks happen to the best of us. Take it as a learning experience. Learn from your mistakes and move on.

                      11. Face uncomfortable situations square in the face.

                      Don’t run away from uncomfortable situations. Running away from people or situations because you feel scared, shy or timid only confirms and reinforces your shyness. Instead, face the situation that makes you uneasy square in the face. For example, go ahead and talk to that person you are afraid to approach, or go straight to the front of your yoga class! What’s the worst that can happen?

                      Prepare and be ready for any eventuality. The more you face your fears, the more you realize you are stronger than you thought and the more confident you get. This simple, yet admittedly courageous, act makes you unstoppable. You get comfortable being uncomfortable and begin to feel like you can take on the world. And that is the hallmark of someone destined for great things.

                      12. Sit up straight and walk tall—you are awesome!

                      Yes, sit up straight and believe you are awesome. Don’t slump in your chair or slouch your shoulders. Experts say the right stance can not only keep your self-esteem and mood lifted, but also lead to more confidence in your own thoughts.[4]

                      The way to sit is to open up your chest and keep your head level so that you look and feel poised and assured. And when you get up, stand tall and walk like you’re on a mission. People who sit up straight and walk tall are more attractive and instantly feel more confident. Try it now: you’ll feel fierce and confident just by sitting up straight and walking tall.

                      Featured photo credit: Freshh Connection via unsplash.com

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