Test: the “Tic tac toe” game of life

Pat Riley - American professional basketball executive and a former coach and player in the National Basketball Association

A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.

John Maxwell - American author, speaker, and pastor

Winning is an inside job.

Grantland Rice - American sportswriter

It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.

Carl Jung - Swiss psychiatrist

I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.

Anders Ericsson - Psychologist

The best way to get past any barrier is to come at it from a different direction, which is one reason it is useful to work with a teacher or coach.

Steve Chandler - Author  

Then I learned about something called action. I learned I can solve all this worry and decision-making anxiety by taking action. By admiring action. By having action plans, by asking, whenever stuck, WHAT’S MY NEXT ACTION? And then, doing that action NOW. Action. Movement. Decisive energy. Solves most everything!

Steve Chandler - Author  

Take that decisive action enough times and your fear won't exist any more.

Ralph Waldo Emerson - American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century.

Always do what you are afraid to do. Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain. 

Steve Chandler - Author and public speaker.

Do it badly; do it slowly; do it fearfully; do it any way you have to, but do it.

Jocelyn K. Glei - Writer who's obsessed with work, careers & creativity

Every great leader must face his or her demons in order to overcome them. I’ve always known this, but I wasn’t aware of any immediate problems. But these days the demons are more insidious; they’re the everyday annoyances, the little things that suck away our potential to do big things.

Eric Butterworth - Best-selling author of 16 books and a prominent leader in the Unity and New Thought movements

Don't go through life, grow through life.

Neil A. Fiore - Renowned psychologist, lecturer, trainer, and bestselling author

The choice is not working or not working, but which type of work; even feeling guilty because of procrastinating takes some effort. When you commit to a goal, you're committing to a form of work that brings ongoing rewards. When you procrastinate, you're choosing a self-punishing form of work.

Russ Harris - Internationally acclaimed acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) trainer and author of the best-selling ACT-based self-help book The Happiness Trap

1. The actions of confidence come first; the feelings of confidence come later.
2. Genuine confidence is not the absence of fear; it is a transformed relationship with fear.
3. Negative thoughts are normal. Don’t fight them; defuse them.
4. Self-acceptance trumps self-esteem.
5. True success is living by your values.
6. Hold your values lightly, but pursue them vigorously.
7. Don’t obsess about the outcome; get passionate about the process.
8. Don’t fight your fear: allow it, befriend it, and channel it.
9. Failure hurts—but if we’re willing to learn, it’s a wonderful teacher.
10. The key to peak performance is total engagement in the task.

Russ Harris - Internationally acclaimed acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) trainer and author of the best-selling ACT-based self-help book The Happiness Trap

A = Accept your thoughts and feelings and be present.
C = Connect with your values.
T = Take effective action.

George Burr Leonard - American writer, editor, and educator who wrote extensively about education and human potential

Indecision leads to inaction, which leads to low energy, depression, despair.

John Eliot - Decorated professor of management and performance psychology

The best players in any high-stakes field - business, entertainment, law, surgery, as well as sport - recognize that pressure occurs at the moments when meaningful accomplishment is possible. In fact, that is the reason why performers perform: for the opportunity to tackle challenges head on, to do something significant, to demonstrate what their hard work and talent can produce.

Brian Tracy - Canadian-American motivational public speaker and self-development author

The act of taking the first step is what separates the winners from the losers.

Ralph Waldo Emerson - American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, abolitionist and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century

Don’t be too timid or squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.

Stephen Covey - American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His most popular book is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.

James Clear - Author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Atomic Habits, which has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide

Some people spend their entire lives waiting for the time to be right to make an improvement.

Peter Drucker - Austrian management consultant, educator, and author, whose writings contributed to the philosophical and practical foundations of the modern business corporation

Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.

Og Mandino - American author. He wrote the bestselling book The Greatest Salesman in the World. His books have sold over 50 million copies and have been translated into over 25 languages

My dreams are worthless, my plans are dust, my goals are impossible. All are of no value unless they are followed by action.