Whenever we take any kind of self improvement into our own hands we do two things that are important. First, we admit to ourselves that we have a weakness. This is the first step in personal growth. The second thing that occurs is we identify a goal, something to work towards. One cannot really work well without the other and both should be utilized when trying to improve one’s self.
Using inspirational quotes can be a useful tool in reaching any goal. I like to stick them in places where I will see them often, if not daily. Below are a few that I find especially supportive.
Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor. - Dr. Alexis Carrel (This quote certainly puts a new spin on masochism doesn’t it?)
People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy. – Oliver Goldsmith (The important thing is to only copy the good traits from our heroes. How do we know what is good and what isn’t? That is what self-introspection is for.)
You're never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you're never as bad as they say when you lose. - Lou Holtz (This little saying here will get you through that miserable feeling you have when criticized and the best part about it is… it’s true.)
Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is. - Isaac Asimov (Some would call this experience, which is not as much fun as you might think when it is a negative experience. You do learn the lesson, however.)
The highest purpose of intellectual cultivation is to give a man a perfect knowledge and mastery of his own inner self; to render our consciousness its own light and its own mirror. – Frederich Leopold von Hardenberg (I come upon this quote doing research for this article and fell in love with it. It’s going on my wall.)
The best contribution one can make to humanity is to improve oneself. - Anonymous (Only when we improve ourselves can we see ourselves as able to help others improve.)
Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible. – St. Francis of Assisi (I’ve gained strength from this saying before to conquer what seemed to be insurmountable odds.)
In this world man must either be anvil or hammer. – Henry W. Longfellow (The hammer would be best in my opinion, but I have a suspicion that everyone has been one and the other at some point in their lives.)
There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them. – Denis Waitley (If you don’t like something, what other choice do you have? I would say it is best to start small, though.)
Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
(I have no idea who said this, but I try my best to live my life toward it. Anybody who knows please comment.)
Anticipate meeting obstacles, but also anticipate overcoming them. - Emmanuel Segui (Isn’t it funny that all these obstacles seem to come up when we set out to achieve something?)
The greatest of faults, I should say, is being conscious of none. – Thomas Carlyle (I’ve met people who think they are perfect and later found out they were just putting on a show for others. In their privacy they are sad creatures. I think that admitting to ourselves any flaws we may have helps us overcome them.)
We generally change ourselves for one of two reasons: inspiration or desperation. – Jim Rohn (Trust me; change from inspiration is a whole lot better than change from desperation.)
Practice yourself in little things, and thence proceed to greater. – Epictetus (We all want to skip over the small steps to get to something much grander, but doing so will result in a much higher chance of failure.)
The good man is the man who, no matter how morally unworthy he has been, is moving to become better. – John Dewey (Forgiveness sound like an important part to the success of this quote.)
You may delay, but time will not. - Benjamin Franklin (Ahh time, what an unstoppable enemy you can be at times.)
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. – Zig Ziglar (Sounds like knowledge by experience to me.)
There is nothing noble about being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self. – Hindu Proverb (I think when we strive to be better than someone else pride seeps in. For those who think there is nothing wrong with a little pride, just remember that it was named one of the seven deadly sins for a reason. Everyone is guilty of it from time to time, however.)
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. – Confucius (I’ve had this one on my wall for a while now and it is probably the reason I am such a big fan of self-introspection. I find that I do know a lot of the really big answers, but I still have plenty of questions.)
The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him. – Abraham Lincoln (We all have enemies of variable skill and ambition; they just haven’t shown themselves yet.)
All of us, who are worth anything, spend our manhood in unlearning the follies, or expiating the mistakes of our youth. – Percy Bysshe Shelley (This rang true for me as there was certain things that I picked up on while growing up that turned out to be wrong or skewed in a certain direction. By the way, the word expiate means “to make amends for”. I had to look it up so I figured there might be others out who didn’t know what it meant.)
Ask yourself the easy questions and you’ll have a hard life, ask yourself the hard questions and you’ll have an easier life! – Peter Thomson (There is no better way to improve yourself than self-discovery.)
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