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55 Inspiring Quotes from U.S. Presidents That Will Change Your Life

55 Inspiring Quotes from U.S. Presidents That Will Change Your Life

A leader is someone who inspires others, who leads by example and motivates people to be better and move forward no matter how hard the challenges might be.  No matter if they’re leading a country, a business, a household or a team. These are some inspiring quotes from U.S. presidents which will motivate the leader within yourself.

“Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who make excuses.” ― George Washington (1732–1799)

“The harder the conflict, thegreater the triumph.” ― George Washington

“Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.” ― Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)

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    “On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.” ― Thomas Jefferson

    “The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” ― James Madison (1751–1836)

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      “If tyranny and oppression come to this land it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” ― James Madison

      “A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue” ― James Monroe (1758–1831)

      “Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.” ― John Quincy Adams (1767–1848)

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      “Try and fail, but don’t fail to try.” ― John Quincy Adams

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        “One man with courage makes a majority.” ― Andrew Jackson (1767–1845)

        “It’s easier to do a job right, than to explain why you didn’t.” ― Martin Van Buren (1782–1862)

        “There is nothing more corrupting, nothing more destructive of the noblest and finest feelings of our nature, than the exercise of unlimited power.” ― William Henry Harrison (1773–1841)

        “It is not strange… to mistake change for progress” ― Millard Fillmore (1800–1874)

        “You don’t know what you can miss before you try.” ― Franklin Pierce (1804–1869)

        “I am a slow walker, but I never walk backwards” ― Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865)

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          – “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years” ― Abraham Lincoln

          “”Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.” ― Abraham Lincoln

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          “Whatever you are, be a good one.” ― Abraham Lincoln

          “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” ― Abraham Lincoln

          “There are men and women who make the world better just by being the kind of people they are. They have the gift of kindness or courage or loyalty or integrity. It really matters very little whether they are behind the weel of a truck or running a business or bringing up a family. They teach the truth by living it.” ― James Garfield (1831–1881)

          “If wrinkles must be written on our brow, let them not be written on our heart. The spirit should never grow old.”  ― James Garfield 

          “Great lives never go out; they go on.” ― Benjamin Harrison (1833–1901)

          “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” ― Theodore Roosevelt  (1858–1919)

          “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

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            “Be patient and calm; no one can catch a fish with anger.” ― Herbert Hoover  (1874–1964)

            “Words without actions are the assassins of idealism.” ― Herbert Hoover

            “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt, (1882–1945)

            “Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

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            “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight- it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” ― Dwight D. Eisenhower

            “Never question another man’s motive. His wisdom, yes, but not his motives.” ― Dwight D. Eisenhower

            “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” ― Harry S. Truman (1884–1972)

            “Never waste a minute thinking about people you don’t like.” ― Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890–1969)

            “The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger–but recognize the opportunity.” ― John F. Kennedy (1917–1963)

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              “Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” ― John F. Kennedy

              “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.” ― John F. Kennedy

              “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” ― John F. Kennedy

              “Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.” ― John F. Kennedy

              “We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.” ― Jimmy Carter (born 1924)

              “Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, leave the rest to God.” ― Ronald Reagan  (1911–2004)

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              “I have opinions of my own – strong opinions – but I don’t always agree with them.” ― George H.W. Bush (born 1924)

              “A volunteer is a person who can see what others cannot see; who can feel what most do not feel. Often, such gifted persons do not think of themselves as volunteers, but as citizens – citizens in the fullest sense: partners in civilization.” ― George H.W. Bush

              “We all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more.” ― Bill Clinton  (born 1946)

              “When our memories outweigh our dreams, it is then that we become old.” ― Bill Clinton

              “There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.” George W. Bush  (born 1946)

              “If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress” ― Barack Obama  (born 1961)

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                “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” ― Barack Obama

                “The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” ― Barack Obama

                “Yes We Can!” ― Barack Obama

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                How to Break Bad Habits: I Broke 3 Bad Habits in Less Than 2 Months

                How to Break Bad Habits: I Broke 3 Bad Habits in Less Than 2 Months

                The cycle of bad habits is what keeps us living small and stops us from reaching our true potential. Breaking a bad habit isn’t as hard as it seems; despite being a CEO of a company and raising two children, I still managed to break 3 bad habits I had within 2 months. Yes, that’s quitting one habit in less than 21 days.

                I took steps to eliminate them one at a time. Habits such as drinking Coke every day, slouching when sitting and not having a consistent exercise routine.

                So how did I break these habits? I used the Control Alternate Delete Method (Ctrl Alt Del).

                What is this method and why is it so effective? Read on to find out how to break bad habits with this unique method.

                How to break bad habits with the Control Alternate Delete Method

                  We all notice on some level what our bad habits are. A lot of the time we choose to ignore the negative ways these impact us.

                  For me, I was sitting most of the day in front of my computer at work in a slouching position. I drank Coke every single day in an attempt to stay awake. I put off any kind of exercise regime because I felt that it was better to just relax and have fun after a whole day of work. As a result, I was leading a really unhealthy lifestyle suffering from weight gain and back pain.

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                  I needed to make a change.

                  I started to read books about building habits such as The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, The One Thing by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan, and The Now Habit by Neil Fiore. After reading all these books, I’ve come up with my own method to quit bad habits — The Ctrl Alt Del Method.

                  I started by focusing on just one bad habit, the first one being the sheer amount of Coke I was consuming each day.

                  Every day I applied the Ctrl Alt Del Method and after two weeks, not only did I stop drinking Coke every day (I only drank one can in 2 weeks), but I started the better habit of drinking 8 glasses of water every day instead.

                  After eliminating one bad habit, I moved on to the other two with this same method and a month later I was:

                  • Hitting the gym twice a week.
                  • Improving my sitting posture, not only at the office but also at home and everywhere else, improving my back pain.
                  • Gaining core muscle which improved my back pain as well.
                  • Losing fat around my waist which went from 36″ (considered obese level) to 32″ (normal level).

                  If I can improve my life using this method, then so can you. Using this structure to eliminate your bad habits will increase your success and replace your bad habits with more positive ones.

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                    Identify your triggers

                    Bad habits such as drinking alcohol, smoking and snacking too much trigger the release of dopamine, a feel-good chemical in the brain.[1] Although you might not like the end result, they give you a positive outcome in the moment. This is pure psychology.

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                    It’s important to identify what is triggering you to continually act out your bad habit. This isn’t always an easy step because our habits have been built up over a long period of time.

                    If you need help in identifying your triggers, here’s a list of common bad habits and their triggers: 13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

                    Self-reflect

                    To help you work out your triggers, do a bit of self-reflection. Ask yourself questions such as:

                    • What comfort are you getting from this habit?
                    • Why do you need comfort?

                    For example, I chose to drink coke because it tasted good and it made me feel good when I was stressed. I slouched only when I sat for too long working on my desk and started to feel tired. I skipped exercises because every day after work I felt I already did enough works and didn’t want to work out.

                    If you choose to eat fast food every night, you’re probably telling yourself you’re too busy to cook. But ask yourself why? What are your priorities?

                    Maybe you have a lack of self-worth that means you don’t have the self-love to want to look after your health. Perhaps it’s a sign you’re not making enough time for important routines like shopping and creating a healthy meal yourself. Maybe you’ve always had a belief that you’re a bad cook.

                    Write a diary

                    Write down your thoughts and feelings around this bad habit. Writing things down forces the brain to think harder.[2] This helps you to find the source to your stress or limiting negative beliefs.

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                    Alternate: Find a replacement

                      Find a positive alternative habit

                      Once you think you’ve discovered your trigger, try to find a similar but healthy option. This is where I replaced Coke with lemon water; slouching with simply taking a walk and stretching my back every hour; and chilling at home after work with workout exercises that I actually found fun.

                      You could decide to walk to the office instead of driving or getting off the bus earlier to walk. You could switch to a healthier breakfast cereal instead of grabbing a sugary snack when you head out of the door.

                      By doing this, you aren’t getting rid of the act altogether like you would if you completely gave something up with nothing to fill that void. This helps your brain accept the improved habit more.

                      Create a defence plan

                      Everyone has moments of weakness and that want to revert back to the bad habit will rear its ugly head. This is where a plan can help counteract these moments.

                      Think of things you can do when the temptations come. For example, if you want to check your phone less, ask your friend or partner to keep it for you or switch it off and read a book. If you’re a starter for an exercise routine, like me, get someone to do it with you to keep you accountable.

                      Decide on something you will do once you feel triggered to go back to your old habit. Repeating these positive alternative habits consistently will help wire your brain to see them as your normal new habit over time.

                      Delete: Remove temptations

                        Remove stuff that reminds you of the bad habit

                        Getting rid of anything that reminds you of your bad habit is essential. For example, I got rid of coke in my office and at home and replaced my usual office chair with an exercise ball. It makes it much easier to stop slipping back in a weak moment.

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                        Avoid all kinds of temptations

                        In the same vein, avoid places or people that you know will tempt you back into that bad habit. Don’t go to the supermarket on an empty stomach to avoid the temptation to buy trashy snacks, don’t drive past that fast food joint but find an alternative route instead, say no more often to the friend you know will get you drunk again this weekend.

                        It’s all about not putting yourself in the situation where you’re in danger of relapsing.

                        Conclusion

                        The Control Alternate Delete Method uses the right steps you need to overcome your need to indulge in your bad habits. Working with your core psychology, emotions and feelings behind your actions is what makes this method effective and easy to apply to all bad habits you have.

                        Bad habits are easy to form and making changes can seem difficult but remember that it’s all about consistency and repetition.

                        Start using the Control Alternate Delete Method today and you can stop a bad habit permanently.

                        What bad habit do you want to put a stop to once and for all? You must set aside time and pick one bad habit to focus on. Start using the steps to increase and maintain more positivity in your life moving forward.

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