“We all have those lies, large and small, that we tell ourselves to justify why we do the things we do. The reality is, however, that every single decision you make is either helping you or hurting you. There really isn’t much gray area there.” – Patrice C. Washington
Ultimately, success is all about taking your shot, over and over again. Sometimes you may win, sometimes you will definitely lose, but the more things you try, the more chances you have of succeeding. Put the power of numbers on your side. Take as many shots as you can. There’s no guarantee of success, but when you don’t take a shot, there’s a definite guarantee of failure. – Jeff Haden
Say “yes” to as much as possible, but make sure it means something. Don’t be the person whose “yes” means “maybe” or “depending on how I’m feeling that day” or “if something better doesn’t come up” or “sure, but it’ll probably be late.” Say “yes” and mean it. Say “yes,” and throw yourself into the experiences it brings. Say “yes,” and hold yourself accountable for the follow-through. Say “yes,” and figure out how to get it done. If that means being more selective about your “yes,” so be it. Because, in the wise words of Amy Poehler, “What else are we going to do? Say no? Say no to an opportunity that may be slightly out of our comfort zone? Quiet our voice because we are worried it’s not perfect? I believe great people do things before they are ready.” – Kelsey Manning
I can’t instruct you in exactly how to ask for things—it’s not my area of expertise, and there are too many variables to account for. Sometimes you have to be gracious and charming, and other times you have to be brash and bold. But generally speaking, it’s a surprisingly simple formula: Just freaking ask. Because the essential fact is that asking is the best way—the only way, really—to what you want. – Elizabeth Gilbert
“Imagine how life would be for you if you knew that you were already perfectly wonderful and incredible just the way you are in your true self? What if you could separate out the flawed, wounded, programmed part of you — the part you created to help you survive pain — from the magnificent part of you that God created. What if you could see that your ego-wounded self — with all your fears and protections and ways of trying to have control over getting love and avoiding pain — is not who you are. Then, instead of perfectionism being your guiding light, being fully and passionately yourself becomes your guiding light! I assure you, this is a much easier way to live!” – Margaret Paul, Ph.D.