Monday, May 30, 2005

Self Control

Self-control is only courage under another form. It may almost be
regarded as the primary essence of character. It is in virtue of
this quality that Shakespeare defines man as a being "looking
before and after." It forms the chief distinction between man
and the mere animal; and, indeed, there can be no true manhood
without it.

Self-control is at the root of all the virtues. Let a man give
the reins to his impulses and passions, and from that moment he
yields up his moral freedom. He is carried along the current
of life, and becomes the slave of his strongest desire for
the time being.

To be morally free--to be more than an animal--man must be able
to resist instinctive impulse, and this can only be done by the
exercise of self-control. Thus it is this power which constitutes
the real distinction between a physical and a moral life, and that
forms the primary basis of individual character.

In the Bible praise is given, not to the strong man who "taketh a
city," but to the stronger man who "ruleth his own spirit." This
stronger man is he who, by discipline, exercises a constant
control over his thoughts, his speech, and his acts.

Nine-tenths of the vicious desires that degrade society, and which, when indulged, swell into the crimes that disgrace it, would shrink
into insignificance before the advance of valiant self-discipline,
self-respect, and self-control. By the watchful exercise of these
virtues, purity of heart and mind become habitual, and the
character is built up in chastity, virtue, and temperance.

The best support of character will always be found in habit,
which, according as the will is directed rightly or wrongly, as
the case may be, will prove either a benign ruler or a cruel
despot. We may be its willing subject on the one hand, or its
servile slave on the other. It may help us on the road to good,
or it may hurry us on the road to ruin.

"In the supremacy of self-control," says Herbert Spencer,
"consists one of the perfections of the ideal man. Not to be
impulsive--not to be spurred hither and thither by each desire
that in turn comes uppermost--but to be self-restrained, self-
balanced, governed by the joint decision of the feelings in
council assembled, before whom every action shall have been fully
debated and calmly determined--that it is which education, moral
education at least, strives to produce."

It is by patience and self-control that the truly heroic character
is perfected. Life will always be, to a great extent, what we ourselves make it. The cheerful man makes a cheerful world, the gloomy man a gloomy one. We usually find but our own temperament reflected in the dispositions of those about us. And such usually is human life to each of us; it is, for the most part, but the reflection of ourselves.

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Saturday, May 14, 2005

Success Quotes-11

This is the eleventh in a series of some of my favorite success and inspiration quotations. I hope you enjoy them:

So you see, imagination needs moodling - long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering.
Brenda Ueland

The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.
Carl Jung

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
Albert Einstein

Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.
George Lois

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
Joseph Chilton Pearce

Creativity is...seeing something that doesn't exist already. You need to find out how you can bring it into being and that way be a playmate with God.
Michele Shea

Every time we say, "Let there be!" in any form, something happens.
Stella Terrill Mann

Creative work is play. It is free speculation using materials of one's chosen form.
Stephen Nachmanovitch

With regard to excellence, it is not enough to know, but we must try to have and use it.

Strive for excellence, not perfection.
H. Jackson Brown Jr

The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along lines of excellence.
John F. Kennedy

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
Pearl Buck

The renown which riches or beauty confer is fleeting and frail; mental excellence is a splendid and lasting possession.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2005


Nothing great has ever been accomplished without concentration. The ability to focus on a goal until its completion is a main factor in all levels of achievement.

No matter what field - be it business, sports, music or public service - the power of concentration is what separates the difference between the average and the great. No matter what the talent level of the individuals.

Focusing on a goal to its completion is more important than skill level, intelligence or anything else. Concentration can make one rise from lowly beginnings to the heights of Olympas. From outhouse to penthouse the old saying goes, and controlled focus can make that happen.

Controlled concentration takes discipline and in order to develop it, one must pick an objective or goal that will fire the imagination and stir the soul. When the goal is decided upon, then all your energy, mental and physical, needs to be directed to the attainment of the goal.

Look neither left or right, up or down and to the side. The whole force of your being should be looking in one direction - straight ahead. That is the key. Never deviate from the path, concentrate all your efforts towards the goal, and in time the objective will be yours.

Stay focused, keep concentrating. If you do this, all obstacles and circumstances will bow before you. Concentration along with belief and action is a triple-threat combination that can't be defeated.

Concentration shows the path, belief keeps you on course and action brings your desires to you. The more you practice the better you become. Don't be frustrated when you start. Keep on trying and you'll become a master. Apply your power of focus to a worthwhile end and great things will happen in your life.

Thoughts are things and what you think about expands. If you learn to harness your mental energy towards a goal, excluding everything else, you can't help but receiving the desired outcome. It is a mental law that never deviates.

Decide on a goal. Use your powers of concentration to focus on the goal to the exclusion of all else. Finally, take action towards the objective and the world will acquiesce to your mental demands.

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Monday, May 09, 2005

Success Quotes-10

This is the tenth in a series of some of my favorite success and inspiration quotations. I hope you enjoy them:

There are admirable potentialities in every human being. Believe in your strength and your youth. Learn to repeat endlessly to yourself, 'It all depends on me.'
Andre Gide

I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time.
Anna Freud

Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense.
Arnold Bennett

Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger.
Arnold Palmer

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy
Norman Vincent Peale

It seems to me that people have vast potential. Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks. Yet most people don't. They sit in front of the telly and treat life as if it goes on forever.
Philip Adams

If I have lost confidence in myself, I have the universe against me.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.
Rosalynn Carter

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
Samuel Johnson

Every time you don't follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness.
Shakti Gawain

Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent.
Sophia Loren

The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.
Ben Stein

It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
J. K. Rowling

The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.
John Dewey

An executive is a person who always decides; sometimes he decides correctly, but he always decides.
John H. Patterson

A weak man has doubts before a decision, a strong man has them afterwards.
Karl Kraus

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise.
Robert Fritz

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Thursday, May 05, 2005

How Good is Your Lemonade?

One of the biggest differences on that thin line between success and failure is the habit of finding the good hidden in the bad. It's a habit that separates winners from losers.

Taking adversity and turning it into an advantage is an art. On the bright side, it is an art that can be learned. All it takes is practice and consistency.

Life is going to throw you curveballs. That's just the way it is. It doesn't matter how much money or power or fame you have. Troubles come and nothing on earth can stop them. The key is to take those troubles and search for the hidden benefit.

There's an old saying that everyone who studies success philosophy knows, "Every adversity has with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit." It's up to us to dig deep for that greater benefit and use it to propel us on our success journey.

If you want to be a success in life, you must learn to triumph over adversity. Giving up or falling into despair is not the way champions are made. That's the quitter's way. A slow decent into an unfulfilled and uninspired existence.

Problems must be overcome and obstacles smashed if one is to become a true success in life, no matter what your calling is. Overcoming difficult situations builds character and creates and undefeatable willpower that in time, will respond to your beck and call.

Adversity allows us to grow if we only train ourselves to look for the great lessons that it teaches. It's all a matter of changing your focus. Concentrate on finding the benefit instead of obsessing on all the things that are wrong. Do this and problems will be discarded from your life like an old shirt no longer useful.

"When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." That has been the slogan for many a success in all fields and areas of life.

Thomas J. Watson (IBM), Charles Revson (Revlon), George Eastman (Kodak), Andrew Carnegie (U.S. Steel), Henry Ford (Ford Motor Company) and Larry Ellison (Oracle) were all high school drop-outs. Other business leaders such as Bill Gates (Microsoft), Michael Dell (Dell Computers) and John D. Rockefeller (Standard Oil) didn't complete college. A lack of education didn't stop them from becoming titans in the business world.

Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison were both called idiots who would be nothing but failures by their grammar school teachers. How wrong they were. History has proven it. Edison is the greatest inventor of all-time and Einstein it's greatest scientist.

There are so many examples we could go on all day. Suffice it to say that life will give you what you want provided one has a definite goal, belief in its achievement, takes action and learns to see the hidden good in all obstacles and problems.

How good is your lemonade? It all depends on how you look at it.

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