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6 Quotes To Challenge You & Help You Gain Control Over Your Life

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6 Quotes To Challenge You & Help Us Gain Control Over Our Lives

Life is beautiful and offers us many valuable lessons along the way.

As much as we have come to believe that it is unpredictable and that our destiny is set in stone, we have the power within us to control and change most of what happens in our lives and it’s quality by the choices we make, the actions we take and the way we react to circumstances and various situations.

The following quotes reinforce this:

 

Quote #1:

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln

We cannot change the past, neither can we predict the future but we can use our past experiences, challenges and the valuable lessons we garner from them to create and shape our future. Life and time have a way of making us wiser, better equipped and changing our perspective as far as many things are concerned.

Often times though, we are so hung up on the past and spend too much time re-visiting it that we fail to realize the opportunities that abound before us. The best things are never behind us but ahead of us and can only be experienced if and when we allow ourselves to embrace new possibilities and opportunities and become proactive in creating the lives we desire for ourselves.

 

Quote #2:

“Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try.” – Gail Devers

Nothing ventured, nothing gained! To accomplish anything; you have to dare to dream, be willing to take risks and put yourself out there. Nothing worth having in life comes easily or will be handed to you without any effort or due diligence on your part.

The World’s greatest inventions and innovations were birthed from an idea and the idea turned into manifestation by the person who dared to try by taking a leap of faith and making the decision to put the idea into work.

 

Quote #3:

“That some achieve great success is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.” – Abraham Lincoln

Roger Bannister was able to accomplish a feat experts had said for many years the human body wasn’t capable of; he broke the four minute mile barrier and inspired others to follow suit shortly thereafter. As they say, the rest is history, what was once considered impossible is a norm today.

If someone else is succeeding at something you are failing in, you need to re-examine your actions and figure out what you are doing wrong or aren’t doing and determine if their actions, habits and mannerisms are duplicable and if emulated would aid you in achieving similar if not greater success.

 

Quote #4:

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

You really are the Author and Creator of your life and can be, do and have anything you put your mind to. Whatever you tell yourself is possible for you will be possible for you. The person YOU determine to be is the person you will become based on your mindset, the actions you perform and the choices you make.

The only person that stands in the way of you becoming the person you want to be is yourself. People can try to prevent you from becoming the person you would like to become or even influence you into becoming that very person but all the hard work lies in you determining the possibility of this happening.

 

Quote #5:

“Be miserable or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s your choice.” – Wayne Dyer

When it comes to dealing with challenging situations or obstacles in life, you can either take the stance of being the problem or the solution; whichever option you choose greatly determines the outcome and your happiness.

Complaining about circumstances that you can easily change is pointless and will lead you nowhere. Either make the choice to do whatever it takes to change your situation and proactively pursue the solution or choose to not do anything about it and stay miserable. The choice is really up to you. For things to change, you have to be willing to make the change or stop complaining about it if you aren’t willing to.

 

Quote #6:

“Only those who risk going far can possibly find out how far they can go.” – T.S. Eliot

Although we are unlimited beings, we rarely tap into most of our potential because we sometimes aren’t willing to take the risks or make the sacrifices or commitments doing so would require of us. You will never know what you are capable of or where your strength lies until you are willing to push yourself further than you’ve ever gone or get out of your comfort zone without the possibility of a safety net.

The difference between being extra-ordinary and ordinary is determined by one’s will to go the extra mile and do what others aren’t willing to do.

Yvonne Kariba loves helping people believe in the possibility of their dreams and inspiring & motivating others to become better versions of themselves. She is the author of Make Things Happen!!!; Traits & Habits Successful People Use To Attain Their Goals & Dreams That You Can Put Into Use In Your Own Life To Do The Same and an aspiring Life Coach. Yvonne contributes to the Huffington Post blog, Addicted2Success, Thought Catalog and other prolific blogs. Connect with her on Twitter @ykariba

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11 Comments

  1. Anurag bhatt

    Jul 3, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Thank u mam…..thanks for your wonderful words…..love it

  2. Magda

    Jun 12, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    A very educative article Yvonne. We owe it to ourselves to bud out the best of ourselves. As you say, we should be ready to learn from others, life is full of lessons, we are all students of life. Thanks for sharing.

    • Yvonne Kariba

      Jun 18, 2015 at 1:25 am

      You are most welcome, Magda. I am glad you found this article enlightening and share my philosophy on life, we truly are life’s students and have a lot to learn from each other.

  3. Tejaswi Khanna

    Jun 10, 2015 at 1:16 am

    Woke up to this article.and it’s marvelous. I loved the how projected these quotations into seeing the best in ourselves and create a better tomorrow. Thanks.

    • Yvonne Kariba

      Jun 10, 2015 at 11:29 pm

      You are most welcome, Tejaswi. We definitely have within us the power to create a better tomorrow for ourselves as well as others.

  4. Yvonne Kariba

    Jun 9, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    Thanks for reading my article and sharing your insight, Christian. I truly believe that we should always follow our gut as far as pursuing our dreams and passion are concerned. Fear robs us of too much, a life of regret is a painful existence and a reminder of what could have been had we dared to dream and taken the risks.

  5. Lawrence Berry

    Jun 9, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    This is great! I really like quote #1 and quote #4. Abraham Lincoln was absolutely correct in that the best way to predict the future is to create it. Like you said in the article, we cannot change the past, but we can make a future that we envision for ourselves and our families. We have the capability to be who we want and do what we want, we have to just be willing to focus on it and work hard to achieve it. This was great thanks for sharing!

    • Yvonne Kariba

      Jun 9, 2015 at 10:12 pm

      Thanks, Lawrence, I am glad you understand the responsibility we have in creating the life we desire, sometimes people struggle embracing this fact.

  6. Laurie Stone

    Jun 9, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    These are all lovely and inspirational. I guess it all boils down to believing in yourself, trying, making mistakes, and then keep going till you get where you want to go. Still, its always wonderful to hear great words from great people. Thank you.

    • Yvonne Kariba

      Jun 9, 2015 at 11:05 pm

      Thanks for the kind words, Laurie. I am glad this article resonates with you.

  7. Christian LS

    Jun 9, 2015 at 12:54 am

    Yvonne,

    Thanks for sharing.

    It is often times people forget the history and what people have done, what they’ve accomplished.
    And it is true that some people will as well get in your way for having the guts to pursue your dreams.

    Some are just to afraid to take risk, and some might not be in the positions to be.

    Whatever it is, follow your gut, and however it turns out, have no shame and learn from it.

    Christian LS
    NitroSalesTeam

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Today, we are very much conditioned to expect instant gratification in all areas of life. It’s important to remember, however, that true personal and professional success is achieved through tenacity and hard work. Very seldom does “luck” play a substantial role in building a solid and promising future.

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Ball’s career in the entertainment world was full of various ups and downs that included many B movies and lackluster performances. However, she continued to forge ahead learning from each and every experience. She was forty years old when she finally hit her stride and began her journey with I Love Lucy. Ball didn’t let the fact that Hollywood considered her to be “old” to stop her from fulfilling her dreams.

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For example, Ball’s natural hair colour was a light to medium brown with reddish tones. Early in her career, she bleached it blonde in hopes of being able to compete with the plethora of bombshell blondes of the era. She eventually realised, however, she needed to stand out, not blend in!

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Dyeing her natural brown hair the colour red was one of the greatest risks Ball took early in her career, but it became one of the late comedian’s most beautiful physical features that helped her stand out and succeed in Hollywood. She shared, “I had to learn to concentrate on developing my personality—to have an individual approach. The way you feel about yourself has a lot to do with the impression you make.”

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