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"You should prepare to follow the program for 90 days.  Why?  Because behavioral research indicates that it takes 90 days to prepare for change, build a new behavior, become confident in the face of high-risk triggers, and move past the likelihood of relapse.  Brain research also suggests that it takes a few months of practicing a new behavior to create permanent change."
-  John C. Norcorss, Ph.D., Changeology, p. 7 

 

It takes about 66 to 100 days of continuous daily practice to make a new behavior more or less automatic. 

 

15 Ways to Get a New Habit to Stick Forever

 

"You are what your deep, driving desire is.
As your deep, driving desire is, so is your will.
As your will is, so is your deed.
As your deed is, so is your destiny."
-   Upanishads, 800 BCE

 

"It's not that some people have willpower and some don't.  It's that some people are ready to change and others are not."
-  James Gordon   

 

"A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at."
-  Bruce Lee

 

"Leaders aren't born they are made.  And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.  And that's the price we have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal."
-  Vince Lombardi

 

"A callused palm and dirty fingernails precede a Green Thumb"
-  Michael Garofalo

 

"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe."
-  Anatole France

 

Top 10 Mistakes in Behavior Change
 
1.  "Relying on willpower for long-term change
2.  Attempting big leaps instead of baby steps
3.  Ignoring how environment shapes behavior
4.  Trying to stop old behaviors instead of creating new ones
5.  Blaming failures on lack of motivation
6.  Underestimating the power of triggers 
7.  Believing that information leads to action 
8.  Focusing on abstract goals instead of concrete behaviors
9.  Seeking to change a behavior forever, not for a short time
10. Assuming that behavior change is difficult.”
-  Stanford University, Persuasive Tech Lab

 

“1) Psych: Getting Ready
2) Prep: Planning Before Leaping
3) Perspire: Taking Action;
4) Persevere: Managing Slips;
5) Persist: Maintaining Change.”
-  John Norcross, Changelology

 

Transtheoretical model of behavioral change was first developed in the 1980s by James O. Prochaska and Carlo C. DiClemente.  John C. Norcross uses this model in his book Changeology.

 

Changeology: 5 Steps to Realizing Your Goals and Resolutions  By John C. Norcross.  Contributors: Kristin Loberg and Jonathon Norcross.  Simon and Schuster, 2012.  272 pages.  ISBN: 978-1451657616.  VSCL. 

Changing for Good: A Revolutionary Six-Stage Program for Overcoming Bad Habits and Moving Your Life Positively Forward
By James O. Prochaska, John Norcorss, and Carlo DiClemente.  William Morrow, 1995.  304 pages.  ISBN: 9780380725724. 

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard  By Chip Heath and Dean Heath.  Crown Business, 2010.  320 pages.  ISBN: 978-0385528757. 

 

 

                           

 

 

"It is easier to act yourself into a new way of feeling rather than feel your way into a new way of acting."
-  G. D. Morgan

 

"Willpower stands at the edge of three states: compulsions, habits, and novel adaptations.
Willpower is amoral.
Willpower is another name for intentions and useful habits.
The will is rooted in the irrational― deeply rooted; with but a few fruits of reason in season."
-  Michael Garofalo, Pulling Onions

 

"Construct your determination with Sustained Effort, Controlled Attention, and Concentrated Energy.  Opportunities never come to those who wait... they are captured by those who dare to attack."
-  Paul J. Meyer

 

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"A vow is fixed and unalterable determination to do a thing, when such a determination is related to something noble which can only uplift the man who makes the resolve."
-  Mahatma Gandhi   

 

"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal."
-  Henry Ford

 

"The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.  The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore."
-  Dale Carnegie 

 

"The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones."
-  John Maynard Keynes
   

 

"No one is wise by birth.  Wisdom results from one's own efforts."
-  Krishnamacharya   

 

"Tomorrow is the only day in the year that appeals to a lazy man."
-  Jimmy Lyons

 

"Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success."
-  David J. Schwartz

 

"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."
-  Colin Powell

 

"Nothing really worth having comes quickly and easily.  If it did, I doubt that we would ever grow."
-  Eknath Easwaran  

 

Patience: Quotations, Sayings, Poems

 

"Problems are only opportunities in work clothes."
-  Henry J. Kaiser

 

"Wishes are like seeds - few ever develop into something."
-  Michael Garofalo

 

"Nothing can withstand the power of the human will if it is willing to stake its very existence to the extent of its purpose."
-  Benjamin Disraeli    

 

"What may be done at any time will be done at no time."
-  Scottish Proverb

 

"If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you.  What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down."
-  Mary Pickford    

 

"It isn't sufficient just to want - you've got to ask yourself what you are going to do to get the things you want."
-  Franklin D. Roosevelt 

 

"Realizing your goal, resolution, or transformation is a journey.  Change, like any meaningful endeavor, proceeds sequentially through steps.  The journey begins with the contemplation stage of specifying realistic goals, getting ready, or getting psyched.  The planning stage is all about prepping.  How exactly will I do this thing?  At some point you will jump from preparing and planning to perspiring, the work of implementing the new, desired behavior.  Getting there is wonderful, but we need to keep you there, which entails persevering through slips and, finally, persisting over time."
-  John C. Norcross, Changeology, p.21

 

"Easy to say, hard to do."
-  Takeguchi Shihan 

 

"There is not great talent without great will power."
-  Honore de Balzac

 

"Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts.  This is the secret of success."
-  Swami Sivananda   

 

"What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple.  Whether you are willing to do it, that's another matter."
-  Peter F. Drucker

 

"Willingness is essential in any initiation or in making any dream come true.  "I can't" often means "I won't."  You can change "I won't" to "I will" with will power."
-  Marcia Wieder

 

"As long as I have you there is just one other thing I'll always need — tremendous self control."
-  Ashleight Brilliant

 

"People do not lack strength, they lack will."
-  Victor Hugo   

 

"Gongfu is an ancient Chinese term describing work/devotion/effort that has been successfully applied over a substantial period of time, resulting in a degree of mastery in a specific field.  Although the term is synonymous in the West with martial arts (though it is most over rendered Kung Fu), it is equally applicable to calligraphy, painting, music, or other areas of endeavor."
-  Andy James

 

"What is success?  I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose."
-  Margaret Thatcher    

 

"The person without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder."
-  Thomas Carlyle  

 

"When the will is ready the feet are light."
-  Proverb

 

"Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts."
-  Life's Little Instruction Calendar   

 

"Desire is the key to motivation, but it's the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal -- a commitment to excellence -- that will enable you to attain the success you seek."
-  Mario Andretti

 

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."
-  Wayne Gretzky   

 

"Self-will so ardent and active that it will break a world to pieces to make a stool to sit on."
-  Richard Cecil   

 

"The most essential factor is persistence -- the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come."
-  James Whitcomb Riley

 

Patience: Quotations, Sayings, Poems

 

"You are successful the moment you start moving toward a worthwhile goal."
-  Charles Carlson   

 

"Tomorrow is the day when idlers work, and fools reform."
-  Edward Young

 

"Strength does not come from physical activity.  It comes from an indomitable will."
-  Mahatma Gandhi   

 

"We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten.  Don't let yourself be lulled into inaction."
-  Bill Gates

 

"If you focus on results, you will never change.  If you focus on change, you will get results."
-  Jack Dixon

 

"What it boils down to is this - it's up to you to get hold of you mind, control  it, quiet it.  God does the rest.  And immediately, as Eckhart says, "The being ready and the pouring in are all one act."
-  Nancy Pope, Mayorga

 

"Will is character in action."
-  William McDougall

 

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
-  Eleanor Rosevelt   

 

"We all have dreams.  But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort."
-  Jessie Owens

 

"The most important thing about having goals is having one."
-   Geoffrey F. Abert

 

"Great souls have wills; feeble ones have only wishes."
-  A Chinese Proverb  

 

"We know the past but cannot control it.  We control the future but cannot know it."
-  Claude Shannon

 

"A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough."   
-  John C. Bovee

 

"Will power is to the mind like a strong blind man who carries on his shoulders a lame man who can see."   
-  Arthur Schopenhauer    

 

"They must change often, who would be constant in happiness."
-  Confucius

 

"If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair.  Few things are impossible to diligence and skill.  Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance."
-  Samuel Johnson

 

"I long to accomplish great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble.  The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny
pushes of each honest worker."
-  Helen Keller     

 

"Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task."
-  William James

 

"Willpower is the art of replacing one habit for another."
-  Michael Garofalo

 

"The greatest waste in the world is the difference between what we are and what we could become."
-  Ben Herbster

 

"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try."
-  Beverly Sills

 

"A determined soul will do more with a rusty monkey wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in a machine shop."
-  Robert Hughes

 

"The only good luck many great men ever had was being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck."
-  Channing Pollock

 

"Men who are resolved to find a way for themselves will always find opportunities enough; and if they do not find them, they will make them."
-  Samuel Smiles   

 

"Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure."
-   Earl Wilson

 

"Awareness by itself is not enough: it must be joined by mastery.  We need gradually to develop a steering ability to keep ourselves from slipping mechanically into this or that sub-personality. Thus we become able to identify with each part of our being as we wish. We can have more choice.  It is the difference between being impotently transported by a roller coaster and, instead, driving a car and being able to choose which way to go and for what purpose to make the journey."
-  Piero Ferrucci, What We May Be, p. 51

 

"If one does not know to which port he is sailing, no wind is favorable."
-  Seneca

 

"We are a product of the choices we make, not the circumstances that we face."
-  Roger Crawford   

 

"A will finds a way."
-  Orison Swett Marden

 

"The secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life, and in elevating them to art."
-  William Morris   

 

"Any significant long-term change requires long-term practice, whether that change has to do with playing the violin or learning to be a more open, loving person.  We all know people who say that they have been permanently changed by experiences of a moment or a day or a weekend.  But when you check it out you'll generally discover that those who ended up permanently
changed had spent considerable time preparing for their life-changing experience or had continued diligently practicing the new behavior afterward."
-  Michael Murphy and George Leonard

 

"Failure? I never encountered it. All I ever met were temporary setbacks." 
-  Dottie Walters   

 

"What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality."
-  Otto Rank

 

"My will shall shape my future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man's doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny."
-  Elaine Maxwell   

 

"It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success; they much oftener succeed through failures.  Precept, study, advice, and example could never have taught them so well as failure has done."
-  Samuel Smiles

 

"A man can do all things if he but wills them."
-  Leon Battista Alberti

 

"Goals are not only absolutely necessary to motivate us.  They are essential to really keep us alive."
-  Robert H. Schuller

 

"I'm a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it."
-  Thomas Jefferson   

 

"In order to excel, you must be completely dedicated to your chosen sport. You must also be prepared to work hard and be willing to accept constructive criticism. Without a total 100 percent dedication, you won't be able to do this."
-  Willie Mays

 

"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."
-  Bill Cosby   

 

"The most useless are those who never change through the years."
-  James Barrie

 

"We may think there is  willpower involved, but more likely change is due to want power.  Wanting the new addiction more than the old one.  Wanting the new me in preference to the person I am now."
-  George Sheehan

 

"Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I'll give you a man who will make history.  Give me a man with no goals and I'll give you a stock clerk."
-  J. C. Penney   

 

"It seems to me that perfection of means and confusion of goals seems to characterize our age."
-  Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

"Heaven is blessed with perfect rest but the blessing of earth is toil."
-  Henry van Dyke

 

"Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit."
-  Napoleon Hill

 

"Life is like a game of cards.  The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play is your own will."
-  Jawaharial Nehru

 

"Build your life brick upon brick,
Live a life of truth,
And you will look back on a life of truth.
Live a life of fantasy,
And you will look back on delusion."
-  Deng Ming-Dao

 

"The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it."
-  Elbert Hubbard

 

"Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent.  Most talents are, to some extent, a gift.  Good character, by contrast, is not given to us.  We have to build it piece by piece-by thought, choice, courage and determination."
-  John Luther

 

Patience: Quotations, Sayings, Poems

 

 

"Good thoughts are no better than good dreams, unless they are executed."
-   Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

"Achieving goals by themselves will never make us happy in the long term; it's who we become, as we overcome the obstacles necessary to achieve our goals, that can give us the deepest and most long-lasting sense of fulfillment."
-  Anthony Robbins

 

"In truth, people can generally make time for what they choose to do; it is not really the time."
-   John Lubbock

 

"Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning."
-   Benjamin Franklin

 

"Setbacks add some salt to every sweet success."
-   Michael Garofalo   

 

  "If you want to reach a goal, you must 'see the reaching' in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal."
-  Zig Ziglar

 

"Change is the law of life.  And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future."
-   John F. Kennedy

 

"Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together."
-   Vesta Kelly

 

"Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough."
-  Og Mandino

 

"Positive anything is better that negative nothing."
-   Elbert Hubbard    

 

"One siupreme fact which I have discovered is that it is not willpower, but fantasy and imagination that creates.  Imagination is the creative force.  Imagination creates reality."
-  Richard Wagner

 

"The intelligent want self-control; children want candy."
-   Mevlana Rumi

 

"Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal."
-   Earl Nightingale

 

"The world is full of willing people - some willing to work, the rest willing to let them."
-   Robert Frost   

 

Someday is not a day of the week.

 

"The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn... and change."
-  Carl Rogers

 

"Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions."
-  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

"The longer I live, the more I am certain that the great difference between the great and the insignificant, is energy -- invincible determination -- a purpose once fixed, and then death or victory."
-   Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

 

"I am an idealist. I don't know where I am going, but I am on my way."
-   Carl Sandburg   

 

"The time to begin most things is ten years ago."
-   Mignon McLaughlin

 

"Yoga is a light which, once lit, will never dim.  The better you practice, the brighter the flame."
-  B. K. S. Iyengar

 

"To will is to select a goal, determine a course of action that will bring one to that goal, and then hold to that action till the goal is reached.  The key is action."
-   Michael Hanson   

 

"Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: my strength lies solely in my tenacity."
-   Louis Pasteur

 

"You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills."
-   Jim Rohn

 

"Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over."
-   F. Scott Fitzgerald   

 

"When you see a thing clearly in your mind, your creative ''success mechanism'' within you takes over and does the job much better than you could do it by conscious effort or "willpower."
-   Maxwell Maltz

 

"You got to be careful if your don't know where you're going, because you might not get there."
-   Yogi Berra

 

"I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it."
-   Mae West   

 

"It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something."
-   Franklin Roosevelt   

 

"Failure is only postponed success as long as courage coaches ambition.  The habit of persistence is the habit of victory."
-   Herbert Kaufman

 

"Success is a state of mind.  If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success."
-  Dr. Joyce Brothers   

 

"You may delay, but time will not."
-   Benjamin Franklin

 

"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all."
-   Dale Carnegie

 

"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better."
-   Samuel Beckett   

 

"You always pass failure on the way to success."
-  Micky Rooney

 

"Never give up, for this is just the place and time that the tide will turn."
-  Harriet Beecher Stowe

 

"Continuous, unflagging effort, persistence and determination will win.  Let not the man be discouraged who has these."
-   James Whitcomb Riley   

 

"Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. What if they are a little course, and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice. Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble."
-   Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

"The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it."
-   Moliere

  

"Don't worry about genius.  Don't worry about being clever.  Trust to hard work, perseverance and determination.  The best motto for a long march is: ''Don't grumble. Plug on!''
-   Sir Thomas Treves

 

"The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going."
-   Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

"Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear."
-   Dan Millman

 

"Determination that just won't quit -- that's what it takes."
-   A. J. Foyt   

 

"Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud."
-   Sophocles

 

"Attention is the beginning of devotion."
-  Mary Oliver

 

"Let’s ask God to help us to self-control for one who lacks it, lacks his grace."
-  Mevlana Rumi

 

"Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen."
-   Peter Marshall   

 

There are many illnesses that might plague us - for instance breast cancer.  Breast cancer can be a draining experience with treatments, surgery, breast implants before and after, and medications.  However through meditation one can stay strong not only in mind, but in body.  Some things are beyond preventing, however, this does not mean we should slow down or give up.  You need to stay strong and move forward.  Do not let life tear you down instead build with what ever it throws at you.
 

 

 

 

  
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"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock."
-   Thomas Jefferson

 

"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."
-   Confucius   

 

"Energy and persistence conquer all things."
-   Benjamin Franklin

 

"Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared to believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance."
-   Bruce Barton

 

"What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him.  What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him."
-   Victor Frankl

 

"A thousand mile journey begins with one step."
-   Lao Tse

 

"Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently  believe, and upon which we must vigorously act.  There is no other route to success."
-   Stephan A. Brennan

 

"We shrink from change; yet is there anything that can come into being without it?"
-   Marcus Aurelius

 

"Determination is the wake-up call to the human will."
-   Anthony Robbins

 

"No problem is insurmountable. With a little courage, teamwork and determination a person can overcome anything."
-   B. Dodge

 

"Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you."
-   Denis Waitley

 

"Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is."
-   Albert Camus

 

"Habit is a cable.  We weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it."
-   Horace Mann

 

Success is a ladder you cannot climb with your hands in your pockets.

 

"What really distinguishes this generation in all countries from earlier generations ... is its determination to act, its joy in action, the assurance of being able to change things by one's own efforts."
-  Hannah Arendt   

 

"Procrastination is the thief of time."
-   Edward Young

   

"If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you."
-  Les Brown

 

"Mind is all that counts."
-   Robert Collier

 

"Goals are discovered, not made."
-   Richard J. Foster   

 

"When you blame others, you give up your power to change."
-   Douglas Noel Adams

 

"Prudent, cautious self-control, is wisdom's root."
-   Robert Burns

 

A diamond is a chunk of coal that made good under pressure.  

 

"It's the constant and determined effort that breaks down all resistance and sweeps away all obstacles."
-  Claude Bristol  

 

"I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate."
-   George Burns

 

"A major part of successful living lies in the ability to put first things first.  Indeed the reason most major goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first."
-   Robert J. McKain   

 

"The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself."
-   Mark Caine

 

"First say to yourself what you would be, and then do what you have to do."
-   Epictetus

 

"Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."
-   Winston Churchill    

 

"I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen."
-   Frank Lloyd Wright   

 

"Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle.  It's a strengthening of his powers of accomplishment."
-   Eric Butterworth

 

"It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that really matters in the end."
-   Ursula K. LeGuin

 

"Being a warrior is not about the act of fighting, it’s about being so prepared to face a challenge and believing so strongly in a cause that you are fighting for that you refuse to quit."
-   Richard J. Machowicz   

 

"Success is never permanent, and failure is never final."
-   Mike Ditka

 

  "A dictionary is the only place that success comes before work.  Hard work is the price we must pay for success.  I think you can accomplish anything if you're willing to pay the price."
-   Vince Lombardi

 

"Knowing is not enough, we must apply.  Willing is not enough, we must do."
-  Johann von Goethe   

 

"The principle is competing against yourself. "
-   Steve Young

 

"Those that only take a nibble here and a nibble there will never attain anything ... Those who really want to be yogis must give up, once and for all, this nibbling at things.  Take up one idea.  Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea."
-   Swami Vivekananda    

 

"A man makes inferiors his superiors by heat; self-control is the rule."
-   Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Patience: Quotations, Sayings, Poems

 

 

"Great minds have purpose. Others have wishes."
-   Washington Irving

 

  "Consider the postage stamp; its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there."   
-   Josh Billings 

 

"Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday."
-   Don Marquis

 

"What's money anyhow? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do."
-   Bob Dylan    

 

"Like a garden, the room for self-improvement grows each year."
-   Michael Garofalo   

 

"You have a very powerful mind that can make anything happen as long as you keep yourself centered."
-  Wayne W. Dyer    

 

"The time is always right to do what is right."
-   Martin Luther King Jr.   

 

"It is not because things are different that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult."   

 

"Strength is a matter of the made-up mind."
-   John Beecher

 

"You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present."
-   Jan Glidewell   

 

"There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will."
-   Epictetus  

 

"To labor is to pray."
-   Motto of the Benedictines

 

"Progress in every age results only from the fact that there are some men and women who refuse to believe that what they know 
to be right cannot be done."
-   Russell W. Davenport   

 

"The most important attribute of man as a moral being is the faculty of self-control."
-   Herbert Spencer

 

"Whatever you can do or imagine, begin it; boldness has beauty, magic, and power in it."
- Goethe

 

"Abstainer, n.  A weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure."
-   Ambrose Bierce

 

"You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough. You must want it with an inner exuberance that erupts through the skin and joins the energy that created the world."
- Sheila Graham

 

"A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means.  This is an obvious lie.  Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is....  A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later.  That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness.  They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in."
-   C.S. Lewis

 

"Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion."
-   Parkinson's Law 

 

"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins."
-   Benjamin Franklin

 

"The secret of health both for mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly."
-   Buddha  

 

"We like slipping, but not falling; our real anxiety is to be tempted enough." 
-   Augustus William Hare

 

"Difficulties strengthen the mind, as does labor the body."
-   Seneca

 

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"Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it."
-   Thomas Jefferson

 

"We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden."
-   Goethe

 

"There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable."
-   Mark Twain

 

"We are what we think."
-   Buddha

 

"About the only time losing is more fun than winning is when you're fighting temptation."
-   Tom Wilson

 

"We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success."
-  Henry D. Thoreau

 

"Nothing makes it easier to resist temptation than a proper bringing-up, a sound set of values - and witnesses." 
-   Franklin P. Jones

 

"You must welcome change as the rule but not as your ruler."
-   Denis Waitley

 

"Commitment is healthiest when it it is not without doubt but in spite of doubt."
-  Rollo May 

 

"Most people want to be delivered from temptation but would like it to keep in touch."
-   Robert Orben

 

"The past cannot be changed, but the future is still in your power."
-   Hugh White 

 

"There is no allurement or enticement, actual or imaginary, which a well-disciplined mind may not surmount.  The wish to resist more than half accomplishes the object." 
-   Charlotte Dacre

 

"Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.  
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny."
-   Frank Outlaw 

 

"Who is fit to govern others?  He who governs himself.  You might as well have said: nobody."
-   Augustus William Hare

 

"Imagination is the beginning of creation.  You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and, at last, you create what you will."
-   George Bernard Shaw

 

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"The trouble with resisting temptation is it may never come your way again."
-   Korman's Law

 

"See first that the design is wise and just; that ascertained, pursue it resolutely."
-   William Shakespeare 

 

"Not using faults does not mean that one does not have them."
-   Antonio Porchia

 

"It is not the strongest of the species who survive, not the most intelligent, but those who are the 
most adaptive to change."
-   Charles Darwin

 

"Conscience whispers, but interest screams aloud."
-   J. Petit-Senn

 

"It's easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top."
-   Henry Ward Beecher

 

"An element of abstention, of restraint, must enter into all finer joys."
-   Vida D. Scudder

 

"A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer 
and attempting a task he cannot achieve."   
-  Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

"The first attribute that characterizes the greater man from the moron
is his thicker layer of inhibition."
-   Martin H. Fischer

 

"Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people 
who have the habit of making excuses."
-   George Washington

 

"For every man there exists a bait which he cannot resist swallowing."
-   Friedrich Nietzsche

 

"Willpower is the strength of mind to carry out one's goals."
-   Sandy Anderson  

 

"If we resist our passions, it is more because of their weakness than because of our strength." 
-   François, duc de La Rochefoucauld

 

"A resolute determination is the truest wisdom."
-  Napoleon

 

"I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself."
-   Pietro Aretino

 

"It seems to me that the term 'free will' is one of the most manipulated and exploited 
terms. The real explanation of free will is not that you have free will but that your will 
can eventually make you free, that will can liberate you, that will can release 
you from slavery."
-   Torkom Saraydarian   

 

"I bid you conquer in your warfare against your four great enemies, the world, the devil, the flesh, and above all, that obstinate and perverse self-will, unaided by which the other three would be comparatively powerless."
-   Augustus William Hare

 

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude."
-   Thomas Jefferson

 

"It's all right letting yourself go, as long as you can get yourself back." 
-  Mick Jagger

 

"It is in changing that things find purpose."
-  Heraclitus

 

"Do you really think it is weakness that yields to temptation?  I tell you that there are terrible temptations which it requires
strength, strength and courage to yield to."
-   Oscar Wilde

 

"Do not go through life; grow through life."
-   Eric Butterworth

 

"What makes resisting temptation difficult for many people is they don't want to discourage it completely." 
-   Franklin P. Jones

 

"There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail."
-  Eric Fromm   

 

"You must admit you have self-control before you can use it."
-   Carrie Latet 

 

"Each new day beckons you to walk on the road of self-transcendence.  We transcend ourselves, we do not compete with others.  We compete only with our previous achievements, and we get joy.  Life is nothing but a perpetual possibility."
-  Sri Chinmoy

 

"The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it."
-   Oscar Wilde

 

"In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins - not through strength but by perseverance."
-  Jackson Brown

 

"Being out of control is one of the worst feelings in the world, sometimes even worse than pain.  It is its own kind of pain." 
-   Danzae Pace

 

"I hear and I forget.
I see and I remember.
I do and I understand."
-   Confucius

 

"It's a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways." 
-   Buddha

 

"Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing."
-   Thomas A. Edison

 

"Those who flee temptation generally leave a forwarding address." 
-  Lane Olinghouse

 

"The best way out is always through."
-   Robert Frost

 

"The cyclone derives its powers from a calm center.  So does a person."
-   Norman Vincent Peale

 

Patience: Quotations, Sayings, Poems

 

 

"If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative."
-   Woody Allen  

 

"All men are tempted.  There is no man that lives that can't be broken down, provided it is the right temptation, put in the right spot." 
-   Henry Ward Beecher

 

"You will soon realize that you create the mind in any way that you want, that you are master of your mind. To become master of your mind, you must realize that understanding is fifty percent of control of the mind, and you have to work at it as an accountant would work to balance his books, as a musician has to work to master his instrument."
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"I have been my own disciple and my own master.  And I have been a good disciple but a bad master."
-   Antonio Porchia

 

"The Twelve Laws of Transformation

1.  Seek the Truth
2.  Be Willing to Come Apart
3.  Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
4.  Commit to Growth
5.  Shift Your Vision
6.  Drop What You Know
7.  Relax with What Is
8.  Remove the Rocks
9.  Don't Rush the Process
10.  Be True to Yourself
11.  Be Still and Know
12.  Understand that the Whole is the Goal"
-  Baron Baptiste, 40 Days to Personal Revolution, 2004, pp. 5-45. 

 

"The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going."
-   Ralph Waldo Emerson   

 

"The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own.  No apologies or excuses.  No one to lean on, rely on, or blame.  The gift is yours - it is an amazing journey - and you alone are responsible for the quality of it.  This is the day your life really begins."
-   Bob Moawad

 

 

                           

 

 

"The obstacles that distract thought are disease, apathy, doubt, carelessness, indolence, dissipation, false vision, failure to attain a firm basis in yoga, and restlessness."
-   Pantanjali, Yoga Sutra (1.30), 200 CE, Translated by Barbara Stoler Miller.    

 

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."
-  Benjamin Franklin 

 

"How like herrings and onions our vices are in the morning after we have committed them."
-   Samuel Taylor Coleridge

 

"The first, sickness (vyadhi), is a physical obstacle, but the other eight can be considered mental.  These include languor (styana), doubt (samshaya), heedlessness (pramada), sloth (alasya), dissipation (avirati), false vision (bhranti-darshana), nonattainment of yogic states (alabdha-bhumikatva), and instability in these states (anavasthitatva)."
-  Richard Rosen, The Yoga of Breath, p. 39.  

 

"Not being able to govern events, I govern myself, and apply myself to them, if they will not apply themselves to me. 
-   Michel de Montaigne 

 

"If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal.  Not to people or things."
-   Albert Einstein   

 

"Awareness without emotion is a flame without fuel."
-  John C. Norcorss 

 

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.'
-  Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

"To err is human, to repent divine, to persist devilish."
-   Benjamin Franklin

 

"Self-respect is the root of discipline:  The sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself."
-   Abraham Joshua Heschel

 

 

 

 

 

 

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