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Servant Leadership

After a long week at work and a late night serving curry and clearing tables at a BBQ we had hosted for our students, it was 9:30am on a Saturday morning.  I was at the airport collecting some colleagues (that I’d never met before) who had flown into town from another campus for an event that they needed a lift to, 214 km away, off-road.

Your taxi is here!” I happily chirped as I loaded their suitcases into the back of the car.   They thanked me graciously and we talked for the next 3+ hours as we bumped and jiggled along one of the most beautiful typically-deep-red Australian outback tracks to a remote Aboriginal community.  

As we rocked up to their destination, one asked “so what did you do to deserve having to be the driver for trip like this? What’s your role?”.  

“Oh I didn’t have to” I answered; “I’m the Head”.

After overcoming the initial mortification at having not recognised me in my casual ‘Saturday rig’, my guests became incredulous.  “But you’re the most senior role here; why didn’t you send a driver?

Well because I can drive, and it’s an honour to be able to serve you”.  

Great leadership is about service.

Now of course, you don’t have to give your colleagues a 428km round offroad trip to be a great servant leader, nor does giving somebody a lift constitute as great leadership service.  There are many ways to serve others as a leader, and that paradoxically elevate us further as a leader in doing it.

In this article I will share with you some ideas of what servant leadership is, some servant leadership theory and servant leadership examples.

Traditionally, the stereotypical concept of a leader has been of an authoritarian figure.  One who stands ‘up front’ and ‘on top’ (autocratic leadership), calling the shots, giving the orders and telling people where to go, what to do and how to do it.  

In this traditional leadership style, ‘The Boss’ is someone who gives the whole team one thing in common – being that somebody that they can all hate.  

The autocratic method of leadership ensures that leaders get hated for the decisions they make, the tasks they delegate and hated just simply because they are the boss.

But it doesn’t have to be like this.  

It is actually very hard to hate a person.  It is their behaviour, how they make us feel or what they represent that we actually hate.

But as a leader, that puts us in a constantly conflicting position – because we have to provide direction, we have to assure organisational outcomes, monitor performance, keep accountability and deliver information that people may not want to hear – all of which involve the potential pitfall of making people feel like they are being told what to do, managed, controlled and monitored.  Not exactly the ingredients for getting onto people’s Christmas card lists.

As a result, many leaders find themselves facing a crisis, in a position of either doing our job (and making our people hate us) OR, keeping everyone happy and failing our organisation by avoiding being seen as ‘bossy’.  It this what leadership comes down to?!

No.

There is another way.

A way that allows us to actualise the mission of our organisations, to meet and even exceed our objectives.  A way that allows us to do this in a way that empowers our people AND that engenders the greatest level of mutual understanding and collegiality between us and our team.

It’s called ‘Servant Leadership’.

“servant leaders have a particular view of themselves as stewards who are entrusted to develop and empower followers to reach their fullest potential” (Sendjaya)

What is Servant Leadership?

Servant leadership, coined by Robert Greenleaf in the 1970’s, is a philosophy that centralises the staff and community that the organisation serves as the leader’s primary priority. It’s about enhancing the intrinsic motivation of our people, leading ethically, with wider social responsibility in mind.  It is a people-centred, moralistic, equitable form of leadership.

It is all about sharing the ‘power’ that your role has within the organisation and focuses on the leader’s role as being one to serve the people, instead of the people’s role to serve the leader.


“It is the leader’s role to serve the people, instead of the people’s role to serve the leader”

But before Greenleaf’s writing on the topic, concepts of servant leadership have come up throughout history, especially in religious texts.  In the Bible, Jesus Christ himself washed the feet of his disciples (his ‘followers’) to show them that he considered himself as equal to those that he led, that he cared for them and put their needs before his own.

1. Giving is Receiving

Giving has always been a guiding principle for me and was one of the keys to my rapid business success prior to taking on an Executive role at a university.  

I taught business owners that in order to lead in their industries, it was critical that they generously gave away their best-kept secrets without measure – that the more they gave freely, the more they would get back.  

The more they served their industry and their market, the more business they would get.  

The more they gave people something to thank them for, the more successful they would become.  

I encouraged aspiring professional speakers to speak for free if they wanted to get paid for it one day, and to keep doing it for free even when they were getting paid for it.  

I encouraged educators to provide free workshops and give away free mini-courses.  

I encouraged authors to write for free and give away their books – as all encapsulated a service to their industry and its people, rather than a marketer who wanted to take from it.

It works.

Just like a bank account – the more you deposit, the more you accumulate. People who could never afford you will get to experience you for themselves, they will recommend you and save up for your next offering because the first taste was so good.

Many found this a hard concept to grasp. They would ask me things like ‘but Sarah, if I give all of my information, knowledge, IP and secrets away, surely I’ll lose my business?’.  

I would reply ‘But if they don’t know that you have it then you won’t get their business anyway.  If people get to see for themselves that you acquire the information, skills and knowledge that they need, then they won’t need you to convince them to trust that you have it – there the battle is over’.

For me, I could (and still do) always see two types of people when it comes to service and leadership:

1.       I will serve the people when I am their leader (I serve because I lead)

2.       I will become a true leader as a result of my service to my field (I lead because I serve)

The first type of person is considered as having a goal-oriented motivator of service – there is a motivation behind their wanting to serve.

They come from what I would call a ‘leadership ambition’ standpoint – that they desire to lead and service is a by-product of leading or a means to get there.  And therefore the only reason they serve is to gain the result of leadership.

These people often too believe that they will only have anything of real value to give ‘if’ they become the official ‘leader’.  As long as they do go on to serve, this is not an inherently ‘wrong’ mindset, but it will be harder and slower to get there and they will run out of motivation to continue serving once they get ‘there’.  

It also misses the point entirely that you don’t have to be a leader to serve others; AND that serving others is in fact what makes you into a leader – and keeps you as one.

The second type mentioned above is the person who I always see succeed – what I would call ‘the leader by nature’.  They are not driven to serve by a desire to lead, but instead, naturally, are followed by others due to the service they provide so selflessly.

Inside the workplace, the same concepts apply – leaders are afraid that sharing with their team powerful information like budgets, income, annual objectives, implementation plans, strategic plans, staffing models, operational plans etc – that they will have no power, control or authority left.

But the absolute opposite happens.

The more that people feel like they know ‘what’s going on’ and that you care, the more they feel part of the organisation and therefore affiliated to the mission you are serving.

Share your power, knowledge and information as much as possible – not for the purposes of showing people how clever you are, or how much power you have – but instead to genuinely empower them with it.

Sometimes the true leaders in an organisation – that is the one who the majority trust unquestionably, feel like they have their back, listen to, seek advice from, consider to be the influencer and admire; are not always the ones with a formal leadership job title.  They are the ones who intentionally, or naturally, serve others most.

2. Raise Better People

But servant leadership goes deeper than that.  

It’s not just about serving our people so that they can better serve our customers.  

It’s about serving them so that they can become better people – and better servants in the world itself.

Our role as a servant leader is to serve a future of opportunity to our staff – not just within the organisation but for their lives.  

Do we provide them with opportunities to do their life’s best work?  

Do we give them opportunities to grow as people, to learn and develop?  

The freedom to make mistakes without fear but with enthusiasm and support?  

Do they flourish in our workplace in that as the time they serve passes, they become more skilled, wiser, autonomous and better servers themselves?

Joe Iarocci, author of ‘Servant Leadership in the Workplace’ suggests that servant leaders have 3 key priorities, where people development comes first:

  1. The personal and professional development of your people
  2. The development of a workplace culture of trust
  3. An organisation that measures and achieves its results

Here are 7 other examples of servant leadership in action:

3. Commit to Good Stewardship

Good stewardship in its simplest definition, is taking care of, or looking after something.  However it also has a more theological definition that denotes that we are responsible for the world and must take care of it for our future survival.

Being a good steward means ensuring the future vitality and wellbeing of our people, our organisation, our wider community and the planet.  

It also means strategising the assurance of the sustainability and operations of our organisation, financially and in regards to all of our other resources.  

Our leadership roles are only temporary, but we must see our service as part of a life-long legacy.

We live in an ever-changing world and it is our duty as servant leaders to be good stewards by constantly adapting and changing for the good of the future vitality of the organisation we work for and the community in which it operates.

4. Our Success is Others’

Servant leaders measure their success not by their own achievements and accomplishments, but instead by those they are serving.  

In the education sector, this is an easy concept to understand as the translation is fairly literal – if our students are passing their exams, we are doing a great job.  

However, this can be harder to conceptualise in other industry workplaces.

Use your organisation’s’ overarching strategic plan to create a detailed implementation plan that guides your team towards clear, specific and easily achievable tasks that they can move towards weekly – giving them frequent opportunity for a sense of accomplishment.

Find ways to show them how achieving these micro wins is leading them to achieving results that goes far beyond the duties on their job description – that they fulfil a much bigger mission, and have positive impacts far beyond the goals of the organisation.

Scour the internet for awards that you can nominate your team for – and give yourself a goal to recognise all of your top achievers with some kind of internal award or external award nomination.

I also encourage my staff to anonymously send me feedback (via an online form) to praise their colleagues, so that I can celebrate them on behalf of the organisation.  

As servant leaders, there is no success that isn’t that of our teams.  

5. Awareness and Foresight

It is critical as a servant leader that we have strong self-awareness to ensure that we recognise how our own behaviours, words and ‘energy’ affect those around us, and the humility to correct ourselves as we go along.

Servant leadership demands that we have the emotional intelligence to notice how our people are really feeling behind both good and bad physical behaviours, so that we can help them.

We must show awareness and remain attuned to the subtle underlying cultural heartbeat, sensing people’s feelings, moods, body language and verbal language used, to pick up on emerging trends and adjust the course as necessary to keep everything and everyone on track.  

We can often critique the ‘jungle drums’ in an organisation (you know, that invisible vine of gossip that spreads ‘Chinese whispers’ through every department and that you are constantly trying to correct?!)  

But it can also be a fantastic source of information – not literally (as the facts are usually wrong), but what people are whispering about can give us insightful clues to ways in which we can help and serve our people and the organisation.

It is also critical that we use all of this information as well as anecdotal, intuitive and measurable from our locality, our industry and the wider global trends, to have the foresight to serve further – to ensure that we can take action for the sustainability of the organisation, to ensure the continued growth and skills acquisition of our workforce to maintaining currency and demand in their roles and to know where and how we could be serving further for the good of all for the future.

6. Be Relatable and Show Empathy

Greenleaf believes that one of the first steps to becoming a servant leader requires us to be somebody that our staff can relate to.  

However this is challenging when or if our staff see us as above them, more powerful than them or simply unapproachable.

Having empathy means understanding and sharing the feelings of another.

We should not condemn people in pain, anger, frustration or who act hastily or make mistakes.  Instead, it is our role to understand the humanness of these responses, help our staff to overcome them, provide and implement the solutions to stop it from happening again and then provide them opportunity to heal.

It is also our duty as leaders to foster relatability through empathy.  This is, to help them understand that not only do they have feelings, emotional reactions and humanness that must be acknowledged, respected and cared for, but so do we too.  

It is incredibly easy for our staff to see us as some kind of inanimate machine that operates solely on coffee-fuel and policies.  

We are all  human beings who need love, compassion and understanding.

7. Don’t Be a Martyr

Many leaders sacrifice their own wants and needs for the good of others daily – those who have children are also a classic example.  

Leaders often do it behind the scenes, taking the bullet from their own senior management on behalf of their team, or taking the bullets from their team on behalf of their senior management; working many unpaid hours attending events, pulling overtime and working through lunch breaks to ensure wages get paid and contracts get awarded to keep staff employed.  A little self-sacrifice is required to get anything in life – it’s all part of the balance and is part of being a servant leader.

However, there is a big difference between self sacrifice and martyrdom.  Serve because you enjoy it, because it’s your calling and because it is the right thing to do.  Don’t serve out of the neediness for attention and sympathetic acknowledgements of ‘how hard you work’ – that’s not servant leadership, it’s being a martyr.    

8. Inspiration, Spiritual and Transformational Beings

Being a servant leader is easier for those who can relate to spiritual and creative conceptualisation.  

It requires a futuristic, optimistic, inspirational outlook that believes in the good of the giving of service and gets joy purely from that alone – but also believes that it ultimately leads to transformational outcomes – for the future of those that they serve and the ripple effect of ‘service that will come from those people later on too.  

Servant leaders are innately philanthropic, have a ‘global’ cognitive processing system (that is, they see the much bigger picture) and do not require the acquisition of immediate results in order to ‘know’ that what they are doing is of value.

Servant leadership is about seeing what doesn’t yet exist and contributing all that we have, are and can do in order to support it’s actualisation.  It’s about conceptualising a greater future, translating it into practice and inspiring and persuading others to join us in the service of that mission.

9. Build a Community

The servant leader believes in the greatness of each individual as much as the greater power and impact of their collective greatness – and that means building communities.

As Maslow tells us, a sense of ‘belonging’ is a critical component of our basic human needs.  Therefore, as a servant leader creating a sense of community, regular ‘communion’, coming together, collegial trust, familiarity and communal safety, is another major responsibility of ours.

People can attain a sense of community by first being given the opportunity to build rapport and know each other outside of their immediate duty-related requirements – such as staff get togethers and activities.  

But this sense of community, belonging and grows when there is a shared meaning, purpose or mission behind getting together.  It can be a s small as raising money for a charity they all agree with supporting, to contributing social change in your community or the goals that your organisation is working towards at a mission level.  

Find ways that you can help your team come together to be a part of something bigger than themselves, to find the commonalities between their most seemingly opposite colleagues and to find shared passions and values that they each stand for.  

The power of one is multiplied when there is togetherness – as a servant leadership, we are the thread to bring and hold them together.  

Never stop serving, and you’ll never stop leading.

Till next time,

STRIVE

Sarah is an education expert, trainer, speaker, and author. To learn more about her you can visit her website.

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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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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.”

Affirmation for Manifestation

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

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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

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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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