4 Simple Self-Improvement Quotes That Speak VolumesNone by Shelby Skrhak
You don’t have to say much to make an impact. These four inspirational quotes are short, simple pieces of wisdom that really do speak volumes.
"Wherever you are, be there." —Jim Rohn
Several years ago I first heard those words spoken by the late personal development legend Jim Rohn, a silver-haired philosopher with a toothy smile and a golden voice. He spent nearly five decades speaking to audiences worldwide, sharing his seemingly simple wisdom. But that simple wisdom was powerful because of one thing—its simplicity. Rohn spoke often about the art of being. Being there, being in the moment, being open and mindful of everything that’s happening around us. As we go through the day, don’t focus on yesterday or tomorrow,
Rohn said. We’re often so involved in the past or the future that we never even notice that today, the present, is slipping by.
"Learn to express, not impress." —Jim Rohn
Here’s another short quip from Rohn; the lesson here is that words matter. Not all words, though. As a writer and editor, I read and write thousands of words—some very powerful and some that simply take up space.
There’s a writers’ group, the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors, that hosts a little-known Words Matter Week to help eradicate errant words from our world. (Hopefully for my sake, alliteration can stay.) They’ve got a great list of quotes about the power of words, one by William Shakespeare that says: “Words without thoughts never to heaven go.” How true is that? Words said only to impress don’t express any thoughts or real meaning because their purpose is pageantry. Instead, seek to communicate your genuine emotions through your words.
"What you see is who you'll be!" — Denis Waitley
Denis Waitley is another gentleman with a golden voice. I met him several years ago when we sat down to discuss a new book he was writing, a follow-up to his all-time bestseller, The Psychology of Winning. He mentioned the phrase, “Seeing is believing,” the notion that you need to physically see something with your own eyes to believe that it’s real. But there’s another school of thought that thinks in order to see it—happiness, health, wealth, whatever—you must first believe it.
Which is correct? Both, really. Think of a child’s impressionable mind. Put violence, bad language and unhealthy habits in front of them for their little eyes to see, and they’ll soak that up like a big, porous sponge. And when it comes time for that child to put that once-impressionable mind to work for themselves, well, you know what’ll likely happen. Now, put love, encouraging words and nourishment for mind and body in front of them to soak into their fertile mind, and the result will be what you invested in them. Choose your thoughts and actions carefully is Waitley’s lesson, because what you see truly is what you get.
“Never, never, never give up.” — Winston Churchill
Churchill’s famous quote about perseverance is actually a paraphrased version of the remarks he made to a group of students at his alma mater, Harrow School in London.
He said: “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
The two-time British Prime Minister believed that courage comes from continuous effort, so working to overcome negativity, naysayers or nagging memories of the past, for example, are all noble battles we must face.
Churchill said something else about perseverance that’s as cheeky as it is poignant: “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
What is your favorite short motivational quote? What’s the one phrase that continues to grab you no matter how many times you read it? Don’t have one yet? Follow @Happify and @SUCCESSmagazine on Facebook for daily motivational quotes.
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