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"The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance".
~ Nathaniel Branden

"The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance".
~ Brian Tracy

"The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one".
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable".
~ Denis Waitley

"The quickest way to change your attitude toward pain is to accept the fact that everything that happens to us has been designed for our spiritual growth".
~ M. Scott Peck

"Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often."
~ Mark Twain

"Success will never be a big step in the future, success is a small step taken just now."
~ Jonatan Mårtensson

"It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through."
~ Zig Ziglar

"Goals help you channel your energy into action."
~ Les Brown

"When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps."
~ Confucius

"For every failure, there's an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour."
~ Mary Kay Ash

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"If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it."
~ Mary Engelbreit

"Be the change you want to see in the world."
~ Mahatma Gandhi

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
~ Reinhold Niebuhr

"Change your thoughts, and you change your world."
~ Norman Vincent Peale

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."
~ Walt Disney

"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Often the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one's better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on his ideas, to take a calculated risk, and to act."
~ Maxwell Maltz

"If you could get up the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed."
~ David Viscott

"We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear."
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

"One man with courage is a majority."
~ Thomas Jefferson

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass... It's about learning how to dance in the rain."
~ Vivian Greene

"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

"Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself."
~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

"A wise man learns by the mistakes of others, a fool by his own."
~ Latin Proverb

"Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity."
~ George S. Patton

"Rule number one is, don't sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it's all small stuff."
~ Robert Eliot

Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.
~ Thomas Jefferson

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant."
~ Robert Louis Stevenson

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"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time."
~ Betty Smith

"Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve."
~ Napoleon Hill

"Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong."
~ Ella Fitzgerald

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."
~ C. S. Lewis

"Too many people miss the silver lining because they're expecting gold."
~ Maurice Setter

"Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses."
~ Alphonse Karr

"Re-examine all that you have been told... dismiss that which insults your soul."
~ Walt Whitman

"I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet."
~ Mahatma Gandhi

"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."
~ Nelson Mandela

"Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for fewer problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom."
~ Earl Shoaf

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