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Imagine a life where you managed your anger, behaved assertively with others, communicated clearly and effectively, appreciated your life and was grateful for those people you shared it with; a life where you understood the power of positive thinking, loved yourself more than anybody in the whole wide world, and never let fear become your master…
Are you imagining, yet, how great your life would be?
Well I’m a big believer in the power of inspirational quotations to get the message across as quickly and directly as possible. And that’s why I’ve decided to list seven self improvement quotes that cover these key self-help areas of life. And I discuss how you can embrace these inspirational quotes – these self improvement ideas – so that you can make a difference in your life today.
Self-Improvement Quote #1: Anger
“How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.” — Marcus Aurelius.
What this quotations means, I think, is that there is nothing wrong with getting angry – things are always going to happen that take us unawares, and make us cross. The important issue is HOW we express that anger.
So make sure, starting today, that you take a look at what’s still making you angry years after the event. And let go of this anger, if you can, as this anger is hurting you much more than it’s hurting anyone else.
And try and deal with new angry situations in a way where you express yourself clearly and assertively. Express it and forget it.
Self-Improvement Quote #2: Assertiveness
“Assertiveness is not what you do, it’s who you are!” — Shakti Gawain
When you express yourself clearly, and use words like “I” (rather than “you”) then you are giving life to your true self – whether the other person agrees with you or not.
How much better is it to do this than to squash your thoughts and feelings so as not to ’cause a problem’ to somebody else.
No problem is caused when you are being your true self.
Self-Improvement Quote #3: Communication Skills
“When I am at Milan, I do as they do at Milan; but when I go to Rome, I do as Rome does” — St. Augustine
Of course, ‘tailoring your message to the audience’ will always be of assistance in assertive communication. It will always help the other person understand what you are saying and why you are saying it.
This level of insight into each other’s position will always be of benefit to both parties, no matter whether you agree or disagree. The reason? At least you will both know you have been truly heard.
Self-Improvement Quote #4: Gratitude
“Remember that not to be happy is not to be grateful.” — Elizabeth Carter
This quote is another way of saying that having gratitude for what’s going on in your life is a sure way of finding happiness. Even if you’re disagreeing with people, or you don’t like the way people do things, it should still be possible to be grateful for that person in your life, for the differences that they reveal.
After all, imagine how dull it would be to take a walk in the woods only to find all of the trees the same, and all of the flowers the same, and all of the bird song to be the same.
Gratitude is simply finding a good reason to appreciate, rather than a good reason to criticise.
Self-Improvement Quote #5: Positive Attitude
“Positive thinking won’t let you do anything but it will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” — Zig Ziglar
If ever there was an inspirational quote that explained the power of positive thinking in anybody’s life it is this one. Why would anybody want to do something badly when they can do it well instead, simply via adopting a positive thinking attitude.
I know that it’s not always possible to feel good about things, and to not allow ourselves to wallow in our (apparent) repeated short-comings. This is understood. The idea, though, is to remind ourselves of how much more we can do in life by not allowing ourselves to wallow, but by getting back in the game and having another “I can” go…
Self-Improvement Quote #6: Self Love
“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.” –Oscar Wilde
As ever ol’ Oscar Wilde takes a short sentence to sum up a lifelong strategy for a successful, happy and fulfilled life. Self-love is absolutely vital to embrace, if we are to enjoy ourselves and our relationships. And everyone benefits when we do so.
What a fantastic self-improvement idea – to love ourselves more!
Self-Improvement Quote #7: Fear
“How very little can be done under the spirit of fear.” — Florence Nightingale
And when we love ourselves more, guess what we automatically do less of? We fear less. And when we fear less, we do more. And when we do more, we live more? And when live more, we are more.
Understanding how fear has a grip on our lives, and how it’s possible for us to look at this fear and to make it ‘disappear’ is almost as important a self improvement idea as loving ourselves more.
That’s what I say, anyway.
Okay, there we have it. There you have some self improvement tips and ideas by way of 7 self improvement quotes. The quotes covered anger, assertiveness, fear, communication, appreciation, positive thinking and self-love. And they clearly show you what to start doing to achieve greatness in your life.
This is especially true when you remember what a great life is all about… “There is nothing noble about being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.” — Hindu Proverb
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