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HOW TO STOP RUNNING FROM YOUR GREATNESS, AND INSTEAD RUN TOWARDS IT

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Born For Greatness

The other day I was waiting for my coffee to brew and it was taking a bit longer than normal.  So, I fired up my JBL portable speaker and started rocking out to an oldie-but-goodie-song.

BORN FOR GREATNESS

It’s sort of a mainstream song, but a good one.  You may have heard of it, it was ‘Born for Greatness’, by Paparoach.

The song had a good high energy beat, just enough to momentarily stand in for the coffee I was waiting for.  That songs message though, yeah, it really flared things up within me.  Listening to that song put some fire in my heart.

The coffee finished brewing and the song was about to end, and it inspired the following thought, “If we are born for greatness, why are so many of us running from it?”

Well, that thought transformed into some fire.  And that’s the kind of fire I plan on sharing with you today.

Running From Our Greatness

I want to touch on this idea of running away from ourselves, of running away from our greatness.

To begin let me ask you this…

How many people do you know who have given up on their dreams?

How many people do you know who have let themselves go? Physically, emotionally, and spiritually?

How many people do you know who seem to spurn the idea of greatness?

I am sure it wouldn’t take you long to count on two hands how many people you know who match this criteria.

You know who I am talking about.

I am talking about all those people who waste all their free time watching TV, surfing social media sites, shopping all their discretionary money away, partying, playing… wasting their lives away.

The people who allow themselves to be consumed by the happenings of the day, yet always complain about not being happy.

People who know they can have a better life and do more with their lives, yet never choose to do anything about it.

People who have talents or stengths, but don’t use them.

You know, the escape artists; the ones trying to escape from effort, from the dismal reality they’ve allowed their lives to drift into.  There’s no shortage of them.

But why? Why do they run?

WHY DO WE RUN?

Here’s my hunch.

They run from their greatness because they’ve been programed to believe that greatness is bad.

They’ve been raised to associate greatness with an ego-filled mission that only serves the person striving for it.

They’ve always praised the Rockstar, the pros, and the talented; the Jordan’s, the Kanye’s, the Jim Carrey’s, but when it comes to thinking of themselves as great, they think badly of it.

They praise greatness, but assume it to be bad if they were to chase it themselves.

But this is wrong.  It is an incorrect assumption and it keeps way too many people sidelined.  It is an error of judgement.  It ‘s an error that deprives this world of much good.

Many equally use the thought that “greatness is subjective” as an excuse to not strive for it.

The thinking is, that if we really don’t know what greatness is, how can we pursue it.

We see greatness as talent we don’t have, or some nebulous concept fit only for the rich, the lucky, the famous.

So what do we do?  We deem it unworthy of pursuit.  We rationalize that greatness is not for us.

But that excuse is weaksauce!

EXECUTING THE EXCUSE

Let’s bring clarity to the issue once and for all.  Let’s do it so the making of excuses for pursuing our greatness is harder to come by.

So you can once and for all, believe that you are indeed born for greatness. So you can start creating the great life you were meant to live.

Why?  Because this world fu*%^& needs your greatness!

Look at the world we live in.  Last I checked, there is some major room for improvement.

Let’s settle this once and for all.

Let’s see if we can come up with a strong, undeniable definition of greatness, one that we can all agree on.  One that we can all be eager to pursue and inspired to realize.

So what is greatness then?

For the better part of a year, I interviewed a handful of people and asked them what their take on greatness was, and their responses helped me pull together THE ANSWER.

Before I share that answer though, let me give you some of those responses.

Here they are:

19 GUIDES TO GREATNESS

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That should do the trick.

Did you see the trend among these perspectives?

I did, and this is what I gathered.  Greatness is about fulfilling one’s potential.  And one’s potential is defined as striving to maximize your gifts, your talents, your strengths.

And a natural byproduct of doing so, is a positive transformation of your life.  And not just your life, but the lives’ of others as well.

Still not convinced?

Dang, I guess I have to go nuclear.

Well, here we go.

Take a look at the set of antonyms for Greatness below.  As you read them, realize, that if you are not pursuing your Greatness, then you are allowing your life to be defined by the following:

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Averageness, Badness, Crumminess, Inferiority, Mediocrity, Ordinariness, Worthlessness.

Once again….If you are not pursuing your greatness, you’re pursuing a life of insignificance, smallness, weakness, powerlessness, averageness, worthlessness, etc…

Ouch!!!

Please my friend, pretty please, tell me you’re not okay with allowing your life to be defined in such a way.

We weren’t born to look down, to go backwards, to shrink.  We were born to look up to the heavens, to go forward, to reach!

But don’t just say it, show it.  Show the world you’re not okay being defined as the opposite of greatness. Show it with action.

What kind of action?  This kind of action.

Here are 10 actions you can start doing today to help you realize your greatness.

Let’s go….

10 Actions To Start To Realize Your Greatness

1 – Start Demanding Excellence From Yourself

Your potential will be limited by your demands, no one else’s.  Demand the very best from yourself, because no one else will.

If you want better for yourself, for your life, for your business, for others, you must be committed to excellence.

Strive for perfection.  You may not hit it, but you if you don’t aim for the best, you damn sure ain’t gonna ever get it.

Commit to always giving your best, in all areas of your life.  Start demanding excellence from yourself, today.

2 – Find Your Purpose, and Live It

Would you hop in a car with a blindfolded driver who had no idea where he was at, or where he was going?

Where do you think you’d end up?

That’s right, probably flying off some cliff or stuck in a ditch.

Well, the same thing happens to us when we don’t know where we are going.  The cliffs and ditches are still there, they just appear in a different form.

Capiche kemo sabe?

So know where you are going.  If you never take the time to truly find out what it is you want in this life, you’ll never get anywhere.

Aimlessness is the antithesis to Greatness.

Take some time to dig deep and find out what it is you really want in this life.  Discover what your purpose is.    Once you find it, then get to work with all your might and all your energy to live it.

People with purpose prosper.

3 – Start Reading Biographies About Great People

Reading about great people is so important.  It is important because it will help you realize how normal those “GREAT” people actually were.  It will reveal the secrets to their greatness.

And you’ll be surprised to learn that much of the great’s greatness stemmed not so much from special talents or skills, but from their great wills.  And the great thing is, the decision to will your destiny is in your control.

I can tell you this fact all day, but you won’t know it, until you’ve had the ‘aha’ yourself.  So get to reading friend.

Don’t know what book to start with.  Here’s a good list to start with.

4 – Start Taking Care of Your Body

You don’t have to strive to be Mr. Olympia or a sexy super model.  But you need to take care of your body.

Your body is your temple, and it reflects how you feel about yourself.

If every time you look in the mirror you see something you don’t like, you’ll subtly communicate to yourself negative thoughts.  And negative thoughts lead to doubt and mediocrity, not greatness.

On top of that, people will treat you differently if you showcase disrespect for your physical appearance.

Their judgement may not be right or nice, but it will be there, and that is a fact.

And if the vibe you are always getting from people is that of disgust, how do you think those accumulated vibes are going to make you feel?

That’s right, not good.

So, start taking care of your physical appearance and your health, and ensure the vibes you get from yourself and others are only good ones.

5 – Start Being Grateful For What You Have, But Stay Hungry For More

Be humble enough to know that everything you have in your life is a blessing.  If you are unappreciative for what you do have, why should anyone or anything (God, Universe, Great Spirit, or Human Patron) give you more.

Would you give five dollars to someone who crumbled up a dollar that you so graciously gave them?

I sure as hell wouldn’t.  And I am certain the world mysteriously works in much the same way.

Be grateful for all you have, while staying hungry to get more.

And don’t you think for a second that wanting more is greedy.  There’s nothing wrong with a good appetite.

In fact, you can’t grow without an appetite.  Without an appetite, you won’t eat.  And lions that don’t eat (accomplish) don’t grow.

That’s just the nature of things my friend.

So always say thank you to your higher power for what you have, and for all the accomplishments and rewards that are still in store for you.

Start being grateful today, but stay hungry my friend! Very hungry!

6 – Start Waking Up Early

You’ll be amazed by all the benefits you’ll receive from doing such a small thing like waking up early.

When you wake up early you’ll improve how you feel about yourself.  Waking up early helps you kick laziness to the curb.

A lot of times when we wake up late, we wake up groggy.  We wake up feeling sluggish, and those sluggish feelings can carry over into much of what we do throughout the day.

The slow, the sluggish, the slothful rarely win the prizes of life.

Not to mention, slothful people usually look like crap (see step 4).

Waking up earlier will also help you with productivity.  It will give you more time to plan out your days, or finally help you find the time to stop postponing the creation of your magnum opus, your life’s masterpiece.

Start waking up earlier home slice!

7 – Start Adopting the ABS Attitude (Always Be Striving)

Never be satisfied.  When you allow yourself to be satisfied, you give in to mediocrity.  Greatness is not halfway up the mountain, greatness is progression towards the top, and eventually the top.

Look, we are born to grow, to change, to improve.

We’ve all been doing it since day ONE.

It’s the nature of things.

In life, we are either moving forward in growth, or stagnating, dying, decaying.

What do we call a tree that stops growing?

Dead!

The same can be said for your relationships, your health, and your career.

Always be striving to move them forward, or brace yourself for their eventual death.

Adopt the ABS attitude today… and never, never, whatever you do, never stop striving.

8 – Start Trusting Your Instincts

You may have already realized this fact my friend, but if you have yet to, listen up.

You are going to find that many people in your life don’t support you.  Well, let me put it this way, they’ll support you, so long as what you are doing doesn’t make them feel bad.

They’ll support you if what you are doing doesn’t threaten them or their insecure egos.

True story, sad story, but let’s not cry about it.

Let’s instead prepare for it.

Here’s what happens, we all too often mistakenly ask the wrong people for advice.  You’ll know they were the wrong people because they’ll lead you in a direction that is not best for you.  They typically lead you in a direction that is best for them and their frail egos.

It’s very possible that these people aren’t leading you astray on purpose.  But that’s neither here nor there, because it will happen regardless.

To combat this, just start trusting in your own instincts.

Trust what you feel.  Stop asking people for their advice.

If you must seek out people’s advice, don’t hesitate to buck it if it doesn’t jive with you.  And know that It’s okay, in fact good, to go with your gut.

Start trusting your instincts, they somehow always know what’s best for you.

9 – Start Making Effort Your Secret Weapon

Effort is the key to unlocking your potential.

Chances are you weren’t born the tallest, the most beautiful, or the most intelligent.  But  what you were born with, was the power to decide.

And with that power of decision you can either decide to do just enough, or you can decide to go above and beyond.

You can decide to outwork, outsmart, and outdo the person you were yesterday.  You can decide to beat the competition, the talent, the privileged, with effort.

Make effort your secret weapon, today.

10 – Start Reading at Least One Article a Week from The Greatest Motivation Blog, TheSTRIVE.co

Look, if you have been hanging around duds your whole life, you will eventually adopt a dud mentality.

When you start hanging around winners, champions, and studs, people who are going somewhere, you too will start going somewhere.

When your start filling your mind with words of encouragement and strength, you’ll become stronger.

And a stronger you, is a better you, and a better you is a greater you.

They say, birds of a feather flock together, but here we don’t flock…we strive.

Here, we say, ‘Eagles of a feather, endeavor together.’

So bookmark TheSTRIVE.co, and become an eagle my friend.

Make it a part of your weekly reading.

You’ll be in good great company.

FINAL THOUGHTS

My friend, know this; there is something inside of you that the world needs.

I know there is something that burns inside of your soul that has yet to be let out.

So let it out!

Your life will count for something my friend, but ONLY if you are willing to pursue your potential, your greatness.

So if you’ve been a lazy cowardly lion lately, stop it.  That’s you running from your greatness.  Stop running.  Instead, turn around and face your greatness.

But don’t just face it, lean into it.

Lean into it by following the 10 suggestions above.

And then cap it off with this…

Go stand in front of a mirror and look into it.  Look at your reflection and stare hard at that lion (or eagle) you see…

Now pound on your chest, and howl aloud with me….

“YOU WERE BORN FOR GREATNESS!!!!!”

And greatness you’ll see!

Till next time,

STRIVE

PS – If you’re ready to step up to the plate to become the hero you know you can be then be sure to read this.

High effort, self-discipline, and fearless action are “my things”.  If you could use a bit more of these life-enhancing attributes, or if you want to be nudged from time to time to start taking action on your goals and dreams, follow me on Twitter.

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35 OPTIMISTIC QUOTES TO GET YOU THROUGH HARD TIMES & LIVE LIFE TO IT’S FULLEST

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If you’re in search of some optimistic quotes then you’ll enjoy this page. Life can seem hard at times for just about everyone. We all go through our own trials and tribulations. For many, those trials and hardships are longer and more drawn out than they are for others. And for some, their hardships may seem to be a never ending struggle. But, the one thing we must never forget, is that there is a path that that typically gets every person through the dark.

So what is this path?

It is the light, the hope, and the possibility that things will eventually improve. It is a path of possibility. But, it is a path that can only be seen if one chooses to see it. Optimism is a choice.

So, if you find yourself in a lull in your life or struggling through some tough times, allow these optimistic quotes to strengthen your vision of better days to come, and allow the possibility of what could be… pull you through those dark times.

BEST OPTIMISTIC QUOTES FOR TOUGH TIMES

1. “Optimism doesn’t wait on facts. It deals with prospects.” – Norma Cousins.

2. “The greatest salvation of man is through love and in love.” – Victor Frankl

3. “I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.” – Winston Churchill

4. “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” – William Arthur Ward

5. “For every dark night there’s a brighter day.” – Tupac Shakur

6. “Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” – Maya Angelou

7. “Optimism is true moral courage.” – Ernest Shackelton

8. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller

9. “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” – John Wooden

10. “Even if I knew tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” – Martin Luther

11. “Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually been planted.” – Christine Caine

12. “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” – Rabindranath Tagore

13. “The way in which a man accepts his fate and all the suffering it entails, the way in which he takes up his cross, gives him ample opportunity – even under the most difficult circumstances – to add a deeper meaning to his life.” – Victor Frankl

14. “I’m a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will.” – Antonio Gramsci

15. “Pessimism never won any battle.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

16. “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

17. “Optimism inspires, energizes, and brings out our best. It points the mind toward possibilities and helps us think creatively past problems.” – Price Pritchett

18. “Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” – Marcus Aurelius

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Now let’s dive back into these powerful and optimistic quotes.

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19. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”Anne Frank

20. “I discovered that if you expect the worst you will get the worst, and if you expect the best you will get the best.” – Norman Vincent Peale

21. “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” – Mark 9:23

22. “Our belief at the beginning of a doubtful undertaking is the one thing that insures the successful out of your venture.” – William James

23. “If ye have faith…nothing shall be impossible to you.” – Matthew 17:20

24. “Life cannot deny itself to the person who gives life his all.” – Norman Vincent Peale

25. “Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” – Deepak Chopra

26. “Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.” – Dalai Lama

27. “To find optimism, look for the good things in life.” – Catherine Pulsifer

28. “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” – Douglas Adams

29. “Optimism is courage if it is not naïve.” – Jordan Peterson

30. “Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation courage and true progress.” – Nicholas M. Butler

31. “Be patient with yourself. Nothing in nature blooms all year.” – Optimistic Quote

32.Optimism – the doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly.” – Ambrose Bierce

33. “An optimist understands that life can be a bumpy road, but at least it is leading somewhere. They learn from mistakes and failures, and are not afraid to fail and try again.” – Harvey Mackay

34. “Be fanatically positive and militantly optimistic. If something is not to your liking, change your liking.” – Rick Steves

35. “Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward.” – Nelson Mandela

Related: Quotes About Life and Struggles

Bonus Quote on Optimism:

Bonus: This last quote is by far one of the most powerful quotes on optimism. It was uttered by the Holocaust survivor, turned psychologist who experienced the worst of the worst when it comes to life, yet never lost hope…..

“Everything Can Be Taken From A Man But One Thing: The Last Of Human Freedoms – To Choose One’s Attitude In Any Given Set Of Circumstances, To Choose One’s Own Way.”

– Victor Frankl –

Final Words

Remember, it is not what happens to us that determines our outcomes in life. Rather, it is what we do with what happens to us. And the few who grasp on to the vision of an optimistic future are the ones who will eventually live it.

So, stay optimistic, stay hopeful, and keep believing that things will get better for you, and before you know it, they will. Till next time,

STRIVE

PS – If you enjoyed this collection of optimistic quotes then you’ll love these Quotes About Living Life to the Fullest.

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50+ INSPIRATIONAL STARTING OVER QUOTES

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Inspirational Starting Over Quotes

Starting over can be scary. It doesn’t matter if it’s related to your career, your business, or your relationships, it can seem daunting. In fact, most people are afraid of staring over because of their fear of the unknown. But, starting over doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. In fact, starting over can exhilarating and fun. And it might just be exactly what you need.

With that said, we’ve rounded up a handful of the most inspirational starting over quotes we could find. We hope they inspire and encourage you to look forward to your new beginnings with optimism and hope, instead of fear and apprehension.

So, if you’re ready for this powerful list of quotes about starting over, let’s dive in:

BEST STARTING OVER QUOTES

1. “Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.”  –  Danny Kaye

2. “So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don’t sit there. If we screw up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we’ve satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.” – Lee Iacocca

3. “Starting today, I need to forget what’s gone, appreciate what still remains, and look forward to what’s coming next.” – Anonymous

4. “As long as you’re still alive, you always have the chance to start again.” – Emily Acker

5. “Never be afraid to fall apart because it is an opportunity to rebuild yourself the way you wish you had been all along.” – Rae Smith

6. “Leave the past where it is… Behind you!” – Anonymous

7. “It’s only human to make mistakes. You always have a choice to learn from it, let it go, forgive yourself and start over.” – Anonymous

8. “And now I’ll do what’s best for me.” – John Green

9. “Starting over is not a sign of failure, but a mark of courage — a willingness to give yourself and your life another chance.” – Scott Stabile

10. “The sun will rise and we will try again.” – Anonymous

11. “Rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt by life.” – J.K. Rowling

12. “No matter how hard the past. You can always begin again.” – Buddha

13. “You can always start over.” – Anonymous

14. “Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.” – Raymond Lindquist

15. “What feels like the end is often the beginning.” – Starting Over Quote

16. “Sometimes the hardest part isn’t letting go but rather learning to start over.” – Nicole Sobon

17. “You don’t need a new day to start over, you only need a new mindset.” – Hazel Hira Ozbek

18. “So take a deep breath, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, start all over again.” – Frank Sinatra

19. “Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.” – Guy Finley

20. “You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last one.” – Anonymous

21. “Maybe it’s not always about trying to fix something broken. Maybe it’s about starting over and creating something better.” – Anonymous

22. “There is no shame in beginning again, for you get a chance to build bigger and better than before.” – Leon Brown

23. “Starting over requires no explanation to anyone, requires no specific date, requires nothing more than you saying IT’S TIME.” – Anna Pereira

24. “Every moment is a new beginning.” – Elie Wiesel

25. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

26. “If you are brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” – Paulo Coelho

27. “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C.S. Lewis

28. One of the happiest moments in life is when you find the courage to let go of what you can’t change.” – Anonymous

29. “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it, begin it now.” – – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

30. “The secret to a rich life is to have more beginnings than endings.” – Dave Weinbaum

31. “Celebrate endings – for they precede new beginnings.” – Jonathan Lockwood Huie

32. “Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end.” – Seneca

33. “Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction.” – Germany Kent

34. “Every story has an end, but in life every end is a new beginning.” – Anonymous

35. “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

36. “You’ve got a new story to write. And it looks nothing like your past.” – Anonymous

37. “The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates

38. “As long as you’re still alive, you always have the chance to start again.” – Emily Acker

39. “You can’t go back and change the beginning. But you can start where you are and change the ending.” – C.S. Lewis

40. “A sunrise is God’s way of saying, “Let’s start again.”” – Todd Stocer

41. “Spring is proof that there is beauty in new beginnings.” – Matshona Dhliwayo

42. “New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” – Lao Tzu

43. “It’s never too late to become who you want to be. You have the power within to start over.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

44. “There is no such thing as going back to square one. Remember that you are starting over with more knowledge, strength and power than you had before.” – Anonymous

45. “Whatever wrong turns you’ve taken in life you can always start over and find your way back to happiness.” – Marty Rubin

46. “We must be willing to get rid of the life we planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.” – Joseph Campbell

47. “We cannot start over, but we can begin now, and make a new ending.” – Zig Ziglar

48. “If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up.” – Anonymous

49. “Failure is the opportunity to start over again more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

50. “Success is getting to a point where you’d be truly OK with losing everything you have and starting over.” – Tony Hsieh

Bonus Quote On Starting Over

Bonus: Here’s one last and final starting over quote to ponder as you decide if starting over is for you. Enjoy!

“Start Over; My Darling. Be Brave Enough To Find The Life You Want And Courageous Enough To Chase It. Then Start Over And Love Yourself The Way You Were Always Meant To.”

– Madalyn Beck –

Final Thoughts

There you have it, some of the best starting over quotes. We hope they inspired you give you the courage to start over if that’s what’s called for.

Till next time,

STRIVE

PS – If you enjoyed these starting over quotes, then you’ll likely enjoy these quotes about moving on from the past, or these life goes on quotes.

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25+ MANIFESTATION AFFIRMATIONS TO TRANSFORM YOUR DREAMS INTO REALITY

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Manifestation Affirmations

Have you ever noticed how some people seem to easily manifest or achieve success after success, while others struggle to create very little positive change in their lives or make any progress on their goals, and as a result eventually give up? Want to know what the main difference between these two groups of people is? It’s simple: It’s their mindset.

That’s right, your mindset is responsible for much of the success and achievement, or lack of thereof that you’ve been experiencing in your life up until this point. If you’ve been experience positive change and successes, chances are you possess a healthy and positive mindset. But, if you’ve been experiencing the opposite, like failure, frustration, or lack of reasonable progress, then you may have a problem with your mindset.

The great news is, we’ve discovered a little secret through trial and error, that can help just about anyone reverse their mindset, and with it, their luck. So, what’s this little secret? Well, it’s none other than affirmations. But not just any ole affirmations, we’re talking about manifestation affirmations to be precise.

What Are Manifestation Affirmations?

First and foremost, affirmations are essentially statements that can help rewire your mindset or how you perceive the world when you say them to yourself or write them down regularly.

A 2015 study published to the Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience journal, which can also be found on The National Library of Medicine, used an MRI to show how employing self-affirmations can actually activate the reward centers in your brain.[1]

For example, by simply affirming to yourself, “I am confident”, you can activate the same reward centers that react to other dopamine-releasing experiences, like watching a great movie, or easting chocolate. In short, affirmations can activate your neural pathways, and if done enough, via neuroplasticity, you can eventually transform those areas of your brain responsible for how positive you feel about a given aspect of your life.[2]

But here is the real reason why affirmations are so powerful. When you use them, you essentially leverage two different types of biases that we all have. Namely, what’s known as the observational selection bias and our confirmation bias.

The former is a bias that helps us see more of something once it has been noticed. It’s like when you hear a certain song, and then you start hearing that song everywhere. The latter bias (the confirmation bias) is our tendency to search, interpret, or recall information that confirms our pre-existing beliefs.

Thus, when you use affirmations, you are essentially hacking these two cognitive biases for your own advantage.

With that being said, for an affirmation to be truly effective, you should believe in it, and it should be said with emotion and faith. It won’t hurt to remember the following sage advice when you employ them, ‘All things are possible to those that believe them.” In fact, the less faith you have in your affirmations, the less effective they will be.

So, if you really want to get the most out of your affirmations, you will want to suspend your disbelief and minimize the significance of that overly critical and doubting voice we all listen to from time to time.

Related: Do Affirmations Really Work?

The Manifestation Affirmation

Now that we’ve covered what an affirmation is, here’s what a manifestation affirmation is, and why you should use these types of affirmations if you want to truly realize your dreams and more success in your life.

The word manifestation, at its core means to be readily perceived by the senses, or to be easily understood or realized by the mind. The word also means to essentially create something or transform something from an idea into a reality. 

So, a manifestation affirmation, is an affirmation that you’ll want to use to create a mindset that is primed to more readily perceive, understand, and realize the success, positivity, and positive change that you seek in your life.

Manifestation affirmations are affirmations that will not only help guide you to the positive outcomes you are after (like a honing device), but they’ll help you strengthen the mindset that is more apt to see and perceive the success that is on its way. And like a positive feedback loop, the more you use manifestation affirmations, the more fully aware you’ll become of the success and possibilities you seek.

And as a result, you’ll be more inclined to look for the “wins” that’ll entice you to persist in taking the actions that will eventually lead you to the realization of the inspiring possibilities and success you seek.

So, if you’re ready for our collection of what we believe to be the best affirmations for manifestation dreams, then let’s dive in:

MANIFESTATION AFFIRMATIONS TO REALIZE YOUR DREAMS

Best Manifestation Affirmations

1. “I am passionate about my goals and I convert my dreams into reality with unwavering courage.”

2. “I am abundant and ready to live my dreams now.”

3. “I focus my energy on positive thoughts and actions.”

4. “I believe in myself and in my ability to achieve my dreams.”

5. “All the Universe conspires in helping me achieve my dreams.”

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6. “I see and feel my goals and dreams as already accomplished.”

7. “I have clearly defined and written goals with a deadline.”

8. “I expect success.”

9. “I create my own luck and prosperity.”

10. “I deserve the highest and best in life.”

I deserve the highest affirmation

11. “I am powerful, positive, and energetic in the pursuit of my dreams.”

12. “Prosperity flows to and through me.”

13. “I am happy with who I am and can be.”

14. “I am worthy of my dream job and creating the lifestyle of my dreams.”

15. “My success grows with limitless expectations.”

My Success Grows With Limitless Expectations Affirmation

16. “I am creating happy, fulfilling relationships in my life.”

17. “I attract success and happiness easily and effortlessly.”

18. “I am the architect of my fate and I can achieve what I have dreamt for myself.”

19. “My body is healthy; my mind is brilliant, my soul is tranquil.”

20. “I can do anything I set my mind to.”

I can do anything manifestation affirmation

21. “My potential is infinite, and my future is bright.”

22. “My life is full of positive friends and family members who love and support me.”

23. “I am brimming with energy and overflowing with joy.”

24. “I am living the life I have pictured for myself.”

25. “I am whole, complete, total, and fully alive in this moment.”

Affirmation for Living In The Moment

Bonus Manifestation Affirmation

Bonus: Here is one last bonus affirmation for manifesting your dreams. It’s a powerful testament to yourself, that will open up the floodgates of success and plenty when you fully and truly believe it. Enjoy

“My Mind Is Open To Success And Abundance. I Know I Can And Will Have It All.”

Related: Best Manifestation Mantras

Final Thoughts

There you have it, the best of the best when it comes to manifestation affirmations. Remember, your success is largely a mental game determined by your mindset. And once you convince yourself that you are responsible for the pictures you hold in your mind, and take action to proactively change those pictures, good things will start showing up in your life.

Just like in sports, the goal, the touchdown, or the game winning shot are all pictured in the mind in advance, before they are ever realized in our physical world. The same goes for the realization of your goals and dreams. So, if you’re serious about manifesting the successful life you seek, you may want to get serious about taking control of your mindset with these manifestation affirmations.

Till then,

STRIVE

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10 BEST MONEY AFFIRMATIONS WALLPAPER FOR ATTRACTING FINANCIAL SUCCESS

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Money Affirmations Wallpaper

Financial success improves when you have a strong money mindset. As such, we’ve decided to publish these money affirmations wallpapers for you to download or set as a wallpaper for your computer. We believe that what you focus on expands, and these powerful wallpaper affirmations, when set as your desktop background, will make it easy for you to focus on the financial success you seek.

Reviewing them every day, (actively and passively) can help just about anyone improve their financial mindset, and as a result (not immediately, but eventually), their financial situation.

So, feel free to download, save, or set as your desktop background the money affirmations wallpaper you find most suitable or that inspires you the most.

MONEY AFFIRMATIONS WALLPAPER TO KEEP YOU INSPIRED

Best Money Affirmations Wall Paper

Pro Tip: The best way to set an image as your desktop is to first click on the download link provided below each image. Once the image is saved to you computer, just right click on the image that should now be in your download folder, and simply select the ‘Set as desktop background option’.

Wallpaper 1: Large Sums of Money Come To Me Quickly and Easily

Large Sums of Money Affirmations Wallpaper
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Wallpaper 2: I Will Conquer My Money Goals

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Wallpaper 3: I Deserve And Expect Financial Abundance

Financial Abundance Affirmation Wallpaper
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Wallpaper 4: Today I Commit To Living My Financial Dreams

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Wallpaper 5: My Life Is Rich and Full

My Life is Rich and Full Affirmation
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Wallpaper 6: I am Worthy of A Wealthy Life

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Wallpaper 7: I am a Money Magnet

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Wallpaper 8: Money Comes to Me Easily and Effortlessly

Money Comes to Me Easily Affirmation
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Wallpaper 9: Prosperity Flows to Me Daily

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Wallpaper 10: My Actions Create Prosperity

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Final Thoughts

We hope at least one of these inspiring money affirmation wallpapers caught your eye enough to download, save, or set as your desktop background.

With that said, stay focused on your goals and the financial success you seek, and it will only be a matter of time before they come to fruition.

Till then,

STRIVE

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50+ INSPIRATIONAL PAULO COELHO QUOTES ABOUT SUCCESS AND CHASING YOUR DREAMS

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Motivational Paulo Coelho Quotes About Success

Paulo Coelho is the highly successful and well known Brazilian novelist who wrote one of the best-selling books of all-time; ‘The Alchemist’. He’s also authored 28 additional books, selling over 320 million of those books, and he continues to inspire people from just about every walk of life to this day.

With that said, we’ve gathered some of his most inspiring quotes on success and living one’s dreams to help you get inspired and motivated enough to keep reaching for yours. So, if you’re ready to digest some of the most motivational Paulo Coelho quotes of all time, let’s dive right in:

Best Paulo Coelho Quotes

Inspirational Paulo Coelho Quotes About Success

1. “One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” – Paulo Coelho

2. “Nothing in the world is ever completely wrong. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.” – Paulo Coelho

3. “You are what you believe yourself to be.” – Paulo Coelho

4. “Don’t allow your mind to tell your heart what to do. The mind gives up easily.” – Paulo Coelho

5. “You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it is better to listen to what it has to say.” – Paulo Coelho

6. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho

7. “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” – Paulo Coelho

8. “Passion makes a person stop eating, sleeping, working, feeling at peace. A lot of people are frightened because, when it appears, it demolishes all the old things it finds in its path. No one wants their life thrown into chaos. That is why a lot of people keep that threat under control, and are somehow capable of sustaining a house or a structure that is already rotten. They are the engineers of the superseded.” – Paulo Coelho

9. “Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.” – Paulo Coelho

10. “All battles in life serve to teach us something.” – Paulo Coelho

Quotes by Paulo Coelho on Success

11. “They live as if they were never going to die, and die as if they had never lived.” – Paulo Coelho

12. “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” – Paulo Coelho

13. “Sometimes you have to travel a long way to find what is near.” – Paulo Coelho

14. “If you are brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” – Paulo Coelho

15. “A mistake repeated more than once is a decision” – Paulo Coelho

16. “The more in harmony with yourself you are, the more joyful you are and the more faithful you are. Faith is not to disconnect you from reality — it connects you to reality.” – Paulo Coelho

17. “I wanted to write when I was young, but people said it was impossible. Then my parent locked me in a mental institution — they said I was crazy and would never make a living from writing.” – Paulo Coelho

18. “Miracles only happen if you believe in miracles.” – Paulo Coelho

19. “Life has a way of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen at once.” – Paulo Coelho

20. Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” – Paulo Coelho

21. “If you want to be successful, you must respect one rule, never lie to yourself.” – Paulo Coelho

22. “If you never take a risk, you will never know what changes you need to make.” – Paulo Coelho

23. “No matter what he does, every person on Earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.” – Paulo Coelho

24. “What is a teacher? I’ll tell you: It isn’t someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows.” – Paulo Coelho

25.God always offers us a second chance in life.” – Paulo Coelho

26. “Don’t waste your time with explanations, people only hear what they want to hear.” – Paulo Coelho

27. “It’s only those who are persistent and willing to study things deeply, who achieve the master work.” – Paulo Coelho

28. “The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and get up eight times.” – Paulo Coelho

29. “Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy.” – Paulo Coelho

30. “You drown not by falling into a river, but by staying submerged in it.” – Paulo Coelho

31. “What is success? It is being able to go to bed each night with your soul at peace.” – Paulo Coelho

32. Never give up. When your heart becomes tired, just walk with your legs but move on.” – Paulo Coelho

33. “People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.” – Paulo Coelho

34. “When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.” – Paulo Coelho

35. “People always judge others by taking as a model their own limitations, and other people’s opinions are often full of prejudice and fear.” – Paulo Coelho

36. “Dreamers can’t be tamed.” – Paulo Coelho

37. “To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation.” – Paulo Coelho

38. “When you can’t go back, you have to worry only about the best way of moving forward.” – Paulo Coelho

39. “The closer one gets to realizing his destiny, the more that destiny becomes his true reason for being.” – Paulo Coelho

40. “If it is still in your mind, it is worth taking the risk.” – Paulo Coelho

41. “When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change.” – Paulo Coelho

42. “When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” – Paulo Coelho

43. “Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.” – Paulo Coelho

44. “Listen to your heart. It knows all things.” – Paulo Coelho

45. “Stress, anxiety, and depression are caused when we are living to please others.” – Paulo Coelho

46. “Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worse kind of suffering.” – Paulo Coelho

47. “Success does not come from having one’s work recognized by others. It is the fruit of the seed that you lovingly planted.” – Paulo Coelho

48. “You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.” – Paulo Coelho

49. “Don’t forget, beautiful sunsets need cloudy skies.” – Paulo Coelho

50. “The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.” – Paulo Coelho

The World Is Shaped By Your Example Quote

51. “I can choose either to be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It’s all a question of how I view my life.” – Paulo Coelho

Bonus Paulo Coelho Quote

Bonus: Alright, here is our last and final Paulo Coelho quote to inspire you to find the success you seek. Enjoy:

“If You Don’t Care About What People Think, You Already Passed The First Step Of Success.”

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Final Thoughts

There you have it, the best of the best Paulo Coelho quotes on success and staying true to one’s dreams. We hope they inspired you to reflect a little more on the importance taking risks, some of Paulo Coelho’s keys to success, and why you should follow your heart.

Till next time,

STRIVE

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