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I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.
To achieve goals you've never achieved before, you need to start doing things you've never done before.
The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.
Integrity is conforming reality to our words - in other words, keeping promises and fulfilling expectations.
Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.
Make small commitments and keep them. Be a light, not a judge. Be a model, not a critic. Be a part of the solution, not the problem.
Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us.
When you really listen to another person from their point of view, and reflect back to them that understanding, it's like giving them emotional oxygen.
Improve relationships with others by assuming that they can hear everything you say about them
Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.
You can retire from a job, but don't ever retire from making extremely meaningful contributions in life.
Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
The need to leave a legacy is our spiritual need to have a sense of meaning, purpose, personal congruence, and contribution.
Begin with the end in mind.
If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster.
Live your life by a compass, not a clock.
We judge ourselves by our intentions. And others by their actions.
Each of us guard a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside.
What you do has far greater impact than what you say.
Beginners are many; finishers are few.
Nothing is more exciting and bonding in relationships than creating together.
Life is not accumulation, it is about contribution.
Leadership is a choice, not a position
We immediately become more effective when we decide to change ourselves rather than asking things to change for us.
We are not animals. We are not a product of what has happened to us in our past. We have the power of choice.
Unless you’re continually improving your skills, you’re quickly becoming irrelevant.
A moment of choice is a moment of truth.
You can learn great things from your mistakes when you aren’t busy denying them.
Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.
Synergy: The combined effect of individuals in collaboration that exceeds the sum of their individual effects.
The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.
Synergy is better than my way or your way. It's our way.
Role modeling is the most basic responsibility of parents. Parents are handing life's scripts to their children, scripts that in all likelihood will be acted out for the rest of the children's lives.
The most important ingredient we put into any relationship is not what we say or what we do, but what we are.
Almost all of the world-class athletes and other peak performers are visualizers. They see it; they feel it; they experience it before hey actually do it. They begin with the end in mind.
See every problem as an opportunity to exercise creative energy.
The essence of synergy is to value differences-to respect them, to build on strengths, to compensate for weaknesses
When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That's when you can get more creative in solving problems.
As long as you think the problem is out there, that very thought is the problem
The problems in life come when we're sowing one thing and expecting to reap something entirely different.
Every human has four endowments - self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom... The power to choose, to respond, to change.
It is possible to be busy-very busy-without being very effective.
We see the world, not as it is, but as we are──or, as we are conditioned to see it.
Prepare your mind and heart before you prepare your speech . What we say may be less important than how we say it.
It doesn't really matter how fast you're going if you're heading in the wrong direction.
What does it matter how much we do if what we're doing isn't what matters most?
We must never be too busy to take time to sharpen the saw.
Little kindness and courtesies are so important. In relationships, the little things are the big things.
The key is taking responsibility and initiative, deciding what your life is about and prioritizing your life around the most important things.
Trust is the highest form of human motivation. It brings out the very best in people. But it takes time and patience.