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HOW TO WIN AFTER YOU LOSE

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If you’re looking for a short insightful post on how to win after you lose at something, then you’ll enjoy this post.

With that said, this weekend was a very challenging weekend for me, both physically and mentally.

It was physically challenging, in that I put myself through five grueling miles of pain and suffering. It was a physical pain like I have never experienced before.

The elite race I signed up for months ago finally came to pass, and it hurt.

I also faced (and am still facing) a huge mental challenge due to the results of this race.  You see, the outcome of this race didn’t go as planned.  I had trained for the past three to four months with a level of intensity and dedicated focus like I’ve never done before.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS

I lost 20 lbs. and went from barely being able to run 1.5 miles at a 10-minute pace, to being able to run 2 miles at a 6:39 pace.   You could say I acquired a level of fitness like I’ve never experienced before.  As such, I expected race results like I’ve never had before as well.

My expectation for a victorious result during this race was beyond high.  Unfortunately; the actual outcome was not aligned with my expectation.  During the race, I made a handful of mental and physical errors that dramatically shifted the entire outcome of my performance, and by extension, the entire outcome of my results in the race.

Such errors small as they were, compounded mightily, and ultimately led to my defeat.  I am sure there are some correlations with my recent experience with defeat, and those that many experience in other aspects of their life.

THE EXPERIENCE OF DEFEAT

The experience of defeat has never been something I’ve enjoyed.  In fact, I haven’t experienced defeat like this since I played collegiate football over a decade ago.  Perhaps it is because it has been so long ago, that this recent loss feels so unbearably large.

As much as I don’t like losing and being on the side of defeat, perhaps there is some benefits to experiencing it from time to time.  For me, it has been sort of like a wake-up call.  No, I take that back, it has been more like a slap in the face to wake up, smell the coffee, and to accept reality with dignity.

That reality is, that we all lose.  Defeat happens, even to the best of us.

A NEW DAY FOR VICTORY

I was defeated…momentarily.  I lost on Sunday, and for the past two days I have equally felt as if I were conquered.  But today is a new day, a new day for victory. Today, I have chosen to not let that one taste of defeat ruin my craving for continued achievements.   Today I choose victory, so tomorrow I may have it.

If you, like me, are experiencing any type of recent defeats in your life, I hope you’ll join me, and choose victory today as well.

I imagine, I could sit a wallow in my loss for longer, but it would only prolong the feeling of new successes that I know are bound to eventually come my way…our way.

The important thing is that we learn from defeat.  To realize that we can use it as a wake-up call for heightened effort and a renewed focus, as a stepping stone towards our future victories.

Have you been defeated recently?  If so, you’re not alone.  Let’s march forward together, one step and one stone at a time, towards our well-earned victory.

till next time,

STRIVE

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HOW TO STOP RUNNING FROM YOUR GREATNESS, AND INSTEAD EMBRACE IT

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you are 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 seriously 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

1. “Greatness is consistently, every day, pushing your boundaries, chasing your dreams, and trying to do that thing that’s inside of you that you want to bring out.” – Evan Carmichael

2. “Greatness is the constant pursuit of realizing and increasing your potential.” – Tyler Basu

3. “Greatness is Succeeding at what you intend to do.” – Joe Vitale

4. “Greatness is being the top 1% of what you do.” – John Lee Dumas

5. “Greatness is going for IT versus letting life happen to you, you going out and making life happen.” – Adam Ray Rogers

6. “Greatness is the continual striving to become the best you can possibly be.” – Matt Rushbrook

7. “Greatness is helping other people achieve their dreams.” – Sean Penwell

8. “Greatness means living your best life, mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  Doing the best you can in all four areas.” – Anthony Frasier

9. “Greatness does not have to be learned, it just hast to be remembered.” – Norman Bell

10. “Greatness is knowing that you are putting it all out there.” – Daniel Rodriguez

11. “Greatness is not about the money, it’s about doing what you are passionate about, and getting to help people in the process.” – Dan Western

12. “Greatness is facing life’s challenges and rising when we fall.” – Kris J. Simpson

13. “Greatness is not being content with common.” – Sam Horn

14. “Greatness is living the life you were created to live.” – Ashley M. Williams

15. “Greatness is going for what makes you feel good as a person.” – Gary Szenderski

16. “Greatness is living a life you believe in and trying your best to help other people.” – Matthew Roberts

17. “Greatness is realizing who you are and then beginning the process of owning who you are.” – Jay Wong

18. “Greatness is a byproduct of extreme self-discipline.” – Artesian Kirskey

19. “Greatness is the degree to which you use your strengths, talents, and characteristics to advance the world.” – Bob Burg

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:

And…

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

How to Live 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 Top Success Sites Like 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.

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100+ EMPOWERING OPRAH WINFREY QUOTES FOR SUCCESS

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Oprah Winfrey Quotes

Oprah Winfrey is the billionaire media executive and philanthropist who has been inspiring people all over the world since 1986. She first made her mark as the host of one of the most popular talk shows off all time, and has since starred in multiple movies and launched her very own entertainment network known as OWN.

Needless to say, Oprah knows a thing or two about success and living an inspired life. As such, we’ve decided to roundup some of her most empowering quotes to help guide you on your success journey.

So, if you’re ready to be inspired and moved, then let’s dive into these powerful Oprah Winfrey quotes.

BEST OPRAH WINFREY QUOTES OF ALL TIME

Best Oprah Winfrey Quotes

1. “Anything you can imagine you can create.” – Oprah Winfrey

2. “Create the highest grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.” – Oprah Winfrey

3. “It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you — always.” – Oprah Winfrey

4. “Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand.” – Oprah Winfrey

5. “The more thankful I became, the more my bounty increased. That’s because, for sure, what you focus on expands. When you focus on the goodness in life, you create more of it.” – Oprah Winfrey

6. “Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” – Oprah Winfrey

7. “You are responsible for your life. You can’t keep blaming somebody else for your dysfunction. Life is really about moving on.” – Oprah Winfrey

8. “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” – Oprah Winfrey

9. “Everyone wants to ride with you in the limo. But what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” – Oprah Winfrey

10. “Your journey begins with a choice to get up, step out and live fully.” – Oprah Winfrey

11. “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey

12. “When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.” – Oprah Winfrey

13. “I don’t believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.” – Oprah Winfrey

14. “You become what you believe. You are where you are today in your life based on everything you have believed.” – Oprah Winfrey

15. “You can have it all, just not all at once.” – Oprah Winfrey

16. “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah Winfrey

17. “You are what you are by what you believe.” – Oprah Winfrey

18. Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

19. “Everybody has a calling. And your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you were meant to be, and to begin to honor that in the best way possible for yourself.” – Oprah Winfrey

20. “Whatever has happened to you in your past has no power of this present moment, because life is now.” – Oprah Winfrey

21. “Balance lives in the present. When you feel the earth moving, bring yourself back to the now.” – Oprah Winfrey

22. “Life is about finding yourself, embracing your strengths and weaknesses, and being true to who you are.” – Oprah Winfrey

23. “Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.” – Oprah Winfrey

24. “The reason I’ve been so financially successful is my focus has never, for one minute been money.” – Oprah Winfrey

25. “Learn from every mistake, because every experience, particularly your mistakes, are there to teach you and force you into being more of who you are.” – Oprah Winfrey

26. “Listen to the rhythm of your own calling, and follow that.” – Oprah Winfrey

27. “Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” – Oprah Winfrey

28. “Surround yourself only with people who are going to take you higher.” – Oprah Winfrey

29. “When you know who you are and what you stand for, you stand in wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey

30.Money is worth nothing if it can’t buy you the opportunity to love more.” – Oprah Winfrey

31. “I finally realized being grateful to my body was key to giving more love to myself.” – Oprah Winfrey

32. “If you’re holding anyone else accountable for your happiness, you’re wasting your time. You must be fearless enough to give yourself the love you didn’t receive.” – Oprah Winfrey

33. “Only make decisions that support your self-image, self-esteem, and self-worth.” – Oprah Winfrey

34. “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” – Oprah Winfrey

35. “Self-esteem means knowing you are the dream.” – Oprah Winfrey

36. “You define your own life. Don’t let other people write your script.” – Oprah Winfrey

37. “Don’t settle for a relationship that won’t let you be yourself.” – Oprah Winfrey

38.Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism.” – Oprah Winfrey

39. “The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” – Oprah Winfrey

40. “You are the single biggest influence in your life.” – Oprah Winfrey

41. “To move forward, you have to give back.” – Oprah Winfrey

42. “The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance.” – Oprah Winfrey

43. “With every experience, you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice.” – Oprah Winfrey

44. “Doing the best in this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” – Oprah Winfrey

45. “So go ahead. Fall down. The world looks different from the ground.” – Oprah Winfrey

46. “It makes no difference how many peaks you reach if there was no pleasure in the climb.” – Oprah Winfrey

47.Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey

48. “I think education is power. I think that being able to communicate with people is power. One of my main goals on the planet is to encourage people to empower themselves.” – Oprah Winfrey

49. “Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives.” – Oprah Winfrey

50. “Your true passion should feel like breathing; it’s that natural.” – Oprah Winfrey

51. “Everything happens for a reason, even when we are not wise enough to see it.” – Oprah Winfrey

52. “I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint, that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love, and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.” – Oprah Winfrey

53. “I was once afraid of people saying, ‘Who does she think she is?’ Now I have the courage to stand and say, ‘This is who I am.'” – Oprah Winfrey

54. “I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become.” – Oprah Winfrey

55. “The more you praise an celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah Winfrey

56. “Know what sparks the light in you. Then use that light to illuminate the world.” – Oprah Winfrey

57. “I have a lot of things to prove to myself. One is that I can live my life fearlessly.” – Oprah Winfrey

58. “Luck is preparation meeting the moment of opportunity.” – Oprah Winfrey

59. “When someone shows you lack of integrity or dishonesty the first time, know that this will followed man many other times.” – Oprah Winfrey

60. “You cannot wait for someone to save you, to help you, to complete you. No one can complete you. You complete yourself.” – Oprah Winfrey

61. “Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, nd soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.” – Oprah Winfrey

62. “Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.” – Oprah Winfrey

63. “You become what you believe, not what you think or what you want.” – Oprah Winfrey

64. “True forgiveness is when you can say… Thank you for that experience.” – Oprah Winfrey

65. “Self-esteem comes from being able to define the world in your own terms and refusing to abide by the judgements of others.” – Oprah Winfrey

66. “Unless you choose to do great things with it, it makes no difference how much you are rewarded or how much power you have.” – Oprah Winfrey

67. “Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.” – Oprah Winfrey

68. “Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.” – Oprah Winfrey

69. “I know for sure that only by owning who and what you are can you step into the fullness of life.” – Oprah Winfrey

70. “When you have more respect for yourself and put yourself in a position where you feel your sense of value or worth, that’s how you know you’re on the right path.” – Oprah Winfrey

71. “Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.” – Oprah Winfrey

72. “You cannot be loving when you are blaming. You cannot be loving when you are criticizing. You cannot be loving when you are judging.” – Oprah Winfrey

73. “If you can get paid for doing what you love, every paycheck is a bonus.” – Oprah Winfrey

74. “You don’t have to hold yourself hostage to who you used to be.” – Oprah Winfrey

75. “The way through the challenge is to get still, and ask yourself: what is the next right move.” – Oprah Winfrey

76. “The miracle of your existence calls for celebration every day.” – Oprah Winfrey

77. “You only have control over yourself.” – Oprah Winfrey

78. “Devote today to something so daring even you can’t believe you’re doing it.” – Oprah Winfrey

79. “If you want to live an adventurous life, have complete confidence in your body, mind and spirit.” – Oprah Winfrey

80. “Look for something positive each day, even if you have to look a little harder.” – Oprah Winfrey

81. “Big miracles we’re waiting on are happening right in front of us, at every moment, with every breath. Open your eyes and heart and you’ll begin to see them.” – Oprah Winfrey

82. “How you spend your time defines who you are.” – Oprah Winfrey

83. “What God intended for you goes far beyond anything you can imagine.” – Oprah Winfrey

84. “When people show you who they are… believe them!” – Oprah Winfrey

85. “I believe the choice to be excellent begins with aligning your thoughts and words with the intention to require more from yourself.” – Oprah Winfrey

86. “As you become more clear about who you really are, you’ll be better able to decide what is best for you — the first time around.” – Oprah Winfrey

87. “Don’t let people talk you into what they think is you.” – Oprah Winfrey

88. “You are responsible for the energy that you create for yourself, and you’re responsible for the energy that you bring to others.” – Oprah Winfrey

89. “Every stumble is not a fall, and every fall does not mean failure.” – Oprah Winfrey

90.Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.” – Oprah Winfrey

91. “Your job is not just to do what your parents say, what your teachers say, what society says, but to figure out what your heart calling is and to be led by that.” – Oprah Winfrey

92. “You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it.” – Oprah Winfrey

93. “What I know is, is that if you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.” – Oprah Winfrey

94. “When you’re doing the work you’re meant to do it feels right, and every day is a bonus regardless of what you’re getting paid.” – Oprah Winfrey

95. “Every right decision I ever made has come from my gut.” – Oprah Winfrey

96. “Every wrong decision I’ve ever made was a result of me not listing to the greater voice of myself.” – Oprah Winfrey

97. “Even doubt means don’t.” – Oprah Winfrey

98. “Forget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly, just harness your power to your passion. Honor your calling, everybody has one. Trust your heart and success will come to you.” – Oprah Winfrey

99. “I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I’ve become. If I had, I’d have done it a lot earlier.” – Oprah Winfrey

100. “What I’ve found is that difficulties come when you don’t pay attention to life’s whisper, because life always whispers to you first. And if you ignore the whisper, sooner or later you’ll get a scream.” – Oprah Winfrey

Related: Oprah Winfrey Success Story

Bonus Oprah Winfrey Quote

Bonus: Alright, here’s our final Oprah Winfrey quote for success. We think it encapsulates her essence and message better than any other quote. So, be sure to take this one to heart. Enjoy!

“The Big Secret In Life Is That There Is No Big Secret. Whatever Your Goal, You Can Get There If You’re Willing To Work.”

– oprah winfrey –

Final Thoughts

There you have it, the best of the best when it comes Oprah quotes. We hope you found as much inspiration and wisdom in her quotes as we did.

No doubt, Oprah understands what it takes to live a truly fulfilling and successful life, so to take her words to heart, and come back again whenever you need another dose of Oprah-inspired empowerment.

Till then,

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45+ INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES ABOUT FREEDOM

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Freedom Quotes

Freedom… it is the one ideal that we are all secretly in pursuit of, whether we know it or not. Our desire for self-determination, limitlessness, and the option to live life on our own terms is what moves all of us. Indeed, freedom is the fuel that inspires all of us to keep reaching, striving, and growing.

Freedom is the fuel of the free world. It inspires, motivates, and gives countless people, communities, states, and countries, a worthy goal to strive for. So, in honor of one of the most worthy goals one could strive for, here are some of the most inspirational quotes on freedom we could find. May they inspire you to keep pushing for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

TOP INSPIRATIONAL FREEDOM QUOTES

Best Quotes on Freedom

1. “Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” – Mahatma Gandhi

2. “Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.” – Ayn Rand 

3. “In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.”  – Franklin D. Roosevelt

4. “Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.” – Kahlil Gibran

5. “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”  – Nelson Mandela

6. “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin

7. “What then is freedom? The power to live as one wishes.”  – Marcus Tullius Cicero

8. “The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” – Albert Camus

9. “The best freedom is being yourself.” –  Jim Morrison

10. “The secret to happiness is freedom…  And the secret to freedom is courage.” – Thucydides

Freedom Quote by Thucydides

11. “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” – George Washington

12. “Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

13. “Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils.” – General John Stark

14. “Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.” – Bob Marley

Freedom Is Not Given, It Is Earned

Freedom can never be given, it can only be earned. And to earn it, one must strive for it. With that being said, here is a helpful tool to help the ambitious like you, begin striving towards your freedom today.

15. “Freedom cannot be bestowed — it must be achieved.” – Elbert Hubbard 

16. “My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.” – Adlai Stevenson 

17. “Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.” – Albert Camus

18. “He only earns his freedom and his life who takes them every day by storm.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

19. “Freedom, in any case, is only possible by constantly struggling for it.” – Albert Einstein

20. “Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.” – Moshe Dayan

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21. Freedom is not the right to live as we please, but the right to find how we ought to live in order to fulfill our potential.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

22. “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.” – Abraham Lincoln

23. “The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” – Albert Camus

24. “Everything can be taken from a man but… the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Victor Frankl

25. “From every mountainside, let freedom ring.” – Martin Luther King JR.

26. “True freedom is impossible without a mind made free by discipline.” – Mortimer J. Adler

27. “Is Freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else.” – Epictetus

28. “We must not be free because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.” – William Faulkner

29. “I am an American, free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit.” – Theodore Roosevelt

30. “America is another name for opportunity.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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31. “Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” – Virginia Woolf

32. “Freedom means the absence of coercion of a man by his fellow man.” – Milton Friedman

33. “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” – Jane Eyre

34. “Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.” – Albert Einstein

35. “Authentic freedom is actually the freedom of knowing who you are, why you are here, your purpose in life and where you are going when you leave here.”  – Wayne Dyer

36. “A new age has begun. An age of freedom. And all will know that 300 Spartans gave their last breath to defend it!” – King Leonidas, 300

37. “Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you’ll live… at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willing to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take… OUR FREEDOM!” – William Wallace, Brave Heart

38. “I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

39. “Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity.” – Herbert Hoover

40. “Freedom lies in being bold.” – Robert Frost

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41. “Tame birds sing of freedom. Wild birds fly.” – John Lennon

42. “The best road to progress is freedom’s road.” – John F. Kennedy

43. “As soon as you seem something, anything, that inhibits your freedom, you should be very cautious about that, you should be very suspicious; because anything that comes along that can inhibit your freedom is by definition…Anti-American.” – Joe Rogan

44. “Those who won our independence …valued liberty as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.” – Louis D. Brandeis

45. “Freedom is never given; it is won.” – A. Phillip Randolph

Bonus Freedom Quote

“I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery” – Thomas Jefferson

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Final Words on Freedom Quotes

And that’s that, the most inspiring quotes about freedom to help you keep your eye on the prize… Freedom. So, keep reaching, growing, and striving, and before you know it, you’ll have all the freedom you can handle.

Till next time,

STRIVE

PS – If you enjoyed these Freedom Quotes, then you’ll especially love our collection of quotes on liberty.

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35+ QUOTES ON LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

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If you’re searching for some of the most inspirational liberty quotes, then you’ll find them here.

If we stand for anything here at The STRIVE, it is for everyone to have the right, the freedom, and the liberty to pursue their goals and dreams without restraint. Because, without liberty, without freedom, what’s the point. So, in honor of the human spirit’s yearning for liberty, and our tenacity to weather those storms that threaten to put our liberties on life support, we’re publishing these handful of quotes on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

May they inspire you to appreciate the precious liberties we still have, while reminding you to remain vigilant, fearless, and willing to fight for your liberties, because to do so is to fight for your dreams.

BEST QUOTES ON LIBERTY

Best Quotes on Liberty

1. “Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” – John Adams

2. “Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves” – Abraham Lincoln

3. “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin

4. “Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” – George Bernard Shaw

5. “The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” – James Madison

6. “Always stand in principle…even if you stand alone.” – John Adams

7. “Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.” – John Milton

8. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” – Thomas Jefferson

9. “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” – George Orwell

10. “The history of liberty is a history of resistance.” – Woodrow Wilson

11. “Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present Generation to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it.” – John Adams

12. “Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” – Benjamin Franklin

13. “Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.” – Bob Marley

14. “Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.” – Henry David Thoreau

15. “I am an American; free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit.” – Theodore Roosevelt

16. “The true source of our suffering has been our timidity. We have been afraid to think. . . . Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.” – John Adams

17. “I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts.” – Ronald Reagan

18. “Under observation, we act less free, which means we effectively are less free.” – Edward Snowden

19. “To deprive a man his natural liberty and to deny him the ordinary amenities of life is worse than starving the body; it is starvation of the soul, the dweller in the body.” – Mahatma Gandhi

20. “Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.” – Kahlil Gibran

21. “Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

22. “My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.” – Adlai Stevenson

23. “Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson

24. “…Cities may be rebuilt, and a people reduced to poverty, may acquire fresh property: But a constitution of government once changed from freedom, can never be restored.” – John Adams

25. “Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

26. “I value liberty above all else. Without liberty, no other value can be realized.” – Graeme Rodaughan

27. “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” – Thomas Paine

28. “Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have.” – Harry Emerson Fosdick

29. “No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.” – Frederick Douglass

30. “He who is brave is free.” – Seneca

31. “Give me liberty or give me death.” – Patrick Henry

32. “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” – George Washington

33. “The history of free men is never really written by chance, but by choice; their choice!” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

34. “Without freedom I am a slave in shackles on a ship lost at sea. With freedom I am a captain; I am a pirate; I am an admiral; I am a scout; I am the eagle souring overhead; I am the north star guiding a crew; I am the ship itself; I am whatever I choose to be.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

35. “Where liberty dwells, there is my country.” – Benjamin Franklin

36. “I prefer liberty with danger than peace with slavery.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

37. “Liberty may be endangered by the abuses of liberty as well as the abuses of power.” – James Madison

38. “Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.” – President George Washington

39. “Liberty is about our rights to question everything.” – Ai Weiwei

40. “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.” – Thomas Jefferson

41. “The urge to save humanity is almost always a false face for the urge to rule it.” – H.L. Mencken.

Bonus Quote on Liberty

Bonus Quote: Here is our last and final quote on liberty. It’s short, but sweet. Enjoy!

“Individual Liberty Is Individual Power.”

– John Quincy Adams –

Final Thoughts on Liberty

History is rife with the culmination of many opposing ideas and conflicting values. But the future will be decided by the choices we make in the present. And our choices will either lead to new unrecognizable epochs, or a persistent reawakening and new found appreciation of the epoch that was given to us through the blood, sweat, and tears of those who have come before us.

An epoch that if it is to remain, must be refreshed and advanced with a renewed fervor by a freedom loving people, who if they wish to continue to pursue their happiness, must never cease doing what they must, to first ensure their liberty.

Till next time,

STRIVE

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HOW TO STOP WORRYING AND START LIVING IN 2022

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Fear, doubt, and worry can have a major impact on your health and well being. But most importantly, they can have a dramatic and severe impact on the quality of your life.  Fear, doubt, and worry can stop your aspirations for a better future dead in its tracks. On top of this, they can and usually do, dramatically hinder the best of us from reaching the heights of the success we seek.  How you ask? 

Well, fear, doubt, and worry are much like a cancer. They will work through you slowly, gradually, and often times go undetected, working diligently on your confidence until they completely snuff out all your hopes and dreams.  And if a quality life demands anything, it demands confidence and hope in a brighter tomorrow.

So, if reclaiming your confidence, your peace of mind, and your 2022 is something you’d like to do, then this post is exactly what the doctor ordered:

HOW TO STOP WORRYING AND BEGIN LIVING

How to Stop Worrying

1. Get Busy Taking Action.

This quote sums it up;

“Keep Busy. The Worried Person Must Lose Himself In Action, Lest He Wither In Despair.”

Action is the cure for most ailments in life, and it is especially good for worry. The person who keeps himself busy doing activities that are beneficial for himself, his family, or his community, will almost 99% of the time, be too involved with doing to even consider those things cause most everyone else to worry.

So, find something to do, force yourself to act, and before you know it, your worries will eventually dissipate.

2. Silence Your Mind – Meditate

Often times, our worries, fears, and anxieties are compounded by the relentless self-talk and internal chat that we have with ourselves throughout our days. Our own internal dialogue can be one of the biggest causes of our anxiety.

We watch negative news, we read scary headlines, we think about worst-case scenarios, and then we process these observations all day through self-discussion, and the result is worry. As such, one of the best things that you can do today and going forward to dramatically reduce your worry habit, is to take 10 to 20 minutes to just sit silently and meditate.

If you are not sure how to meditate, there are plenty of great resources out on the web. Here is one great meditation resource to get you started.

3. Schedule “Worry Time”

According to this excellent article, choosing to set time and place for worrying can dramatically impact how much worrying you do and how you’ll ultimately feel. Essentially, what you need to do, is create a routine, where you take 20 or so minutes every day to just sit there and think about all your worries. By doing this, you purge your mind of all your anxieties. Then, you must ensure you don’t give these thoughts any more energy after this window.

4. Rewire Your Mind

Often times, we worry out of habit. We constantly think the sky is falling or that the worse is bound to happen. So, we needlessly tie ourselves up in mental knots, when more often than not, our worry was nothing but a mental loop that we failed to get out of.

The great news is, we can rewire our minds to not habitually worry. We can use mantras or affirmations to drown out that voice of worry. Much like meditation, we can use mantras or affirmations to slowly change our thinking patterns.

So, if you’re really serious about kicking your worry habit to the curb, start using mantras and affirmations so you can stop worrying and start living.

BONUS: Read This Book…..

‘How to Stop Worrying and Start Living’ is comprised of many recipes Mr. Carnegie pulled together from night classes he would teach to adult students on how to overcome worry.

‘How to Start Worrying and Start Living’ is a cure for anyone who wishes to eliminate the debilitating effects of fear and worry from their lives, so they fortify their confidence and get on with succeeding in their life.

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With that being said, he are a handful of killer questions pulled straight from the book. Use them to help you take your worries down a notch….

Write down the following questions and answer them:

Really, what am I so worried about?

What is the problem?

What is the cause of the problem?

Can I list all possible solutions to this problem?

What solution will best to apply to this problem?

What decision will I make now that will most dramatically impact this worry?

Now that you have all these questions answered, without hesitation immediately take action on what you wrote down.

Final Words

There you have it, a handful of powerful actions you can take today, and resources you can invest in, to help you quickly and effectively get over your worries and anxieties in 2022.

Till next time,

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