Character shows us the way

John C. Maxwell - American author, speaker, and pastor

Attitudes are nothing more than habits of thought.

John C. Maxwell - American author, speaker, and pastor 

Character allow us to stay in the game of life for a long time.

Denis Waitley - American motivational speaker, writer and consultant 

View life as a continuous learning experience.

Denis Waitley - American motivational speaker, writer and consultant 

There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.

Mike Krzyzewski - Basketball coach

There’s nothing more important than attitude, and it’s YOUR choice.

Roy T. Bennett - Author

Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.

Denis Waitley - American motivational speaker, writer and consultant  

Mistakes are painful when they happen, but years later a collection of mistakes is what is called experience.

Muhammad Ali - American professional boxer, activist, and philanthropist 

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.

Epictetus - Greek Stoic philosopher

It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. 

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

You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.

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

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.

Albert Einstein - Theoretical physicist

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.

Edwin Louis Cole - Founder of the Christian Men's Network and author

Attitude determines the altitude of life. 

Unknown 

Every moment matters! 

Alexander the Great - King of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon

With the right attitude, self imposed limitations vanish.

Roy T. Bennett - Author

Happiness depends on your mindset and attitude. 

Roy T. Bennett - Author

Turn your obstacles into opportunities and your problems into possibilities. Discipline Your Mind to Think Positively: Discipline your mind to see the good in every situation and look on the best side of every event.

John Maxwell - American author, speaker, and pastor

Doesn't matter how difficult is, ask always: ”What good thing is going to come out of this.”

Og Mandino - American author

Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity.

Charles R. Swindoll - Evangelical Christian pastor, author, educator, and radio preacher 

The remarkable thing is, we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.

James Allen - British philosophical writer

A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.

Jim Rohn - American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker

Character is the result of hundreds and hundreds of choices you make that gradually turn who you are, at any given moment, into who you want to be.

Samuel Smiles - Author and government reformer

"Where there is a will there is a way," is an old and true saying. He who resolves upon doing a thing, by that very resolution often scales the barriers to it, and secures its achievement. To think we are able, is almost to be so - to determine upon attainment is frequently attainment itself.

Michelle Gielan - One of the brightest stars in positive psychology and an eloquent champion for rethinking the way we communicate

Instead of running from the negative, I've started running towards the positive.

Marie Forleo - American entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author

Not having the best situation, but seeing the best in your situation is the key to happiness. 

David Brooks - Political and cultural commentator who writes for The New York Times 

We don't have the choice to control our emotions, but we do have the power to educate our emotions. And we do that through literature and through art and music to give ourselves a repertoire of emotional experiences.

Joseph Campbell - American professor of literature at Sarah Lawrence College who worked in comparative mythology and comparative religion

Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.

William James - American philosopher and psychologist, and the "Father of American psychology"

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.

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

The fear of failure, the fear of being imperfect (perfectionism), and the fear of impossible expectations (being overwhelmed) that prevent us from acting on and attaining humanly possible goals and relationships.

Jim Loehr - World-renowned performance psychologist

Thankfulness and gratitude are the foundation of character and being able to serve others.

Marci Shimoff - Celebrated transformational leader and motivational expert

Everything we think and feel is creating our future. If you're worried or in fear, then you're bringing more of that into your life throughout the day.

David Emerald Womeldorff - Celebrated creator of leadership frameworks proven to powerfully boost teamwork and productivity

Everything can be taken from a (person) but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.

David Joseph Schwartz, Jr. - American motivational writer and coach, best known for authoring The Magic of Thinking Big in 1959

How we think shows through in how we act. Attitudes are mirrors of the mind. They reflect thinking.

Marcus Aurelius - Roman emperor from 161 to 180 and a Stoic philosopher

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.

Jose Silva - Mexican-American self-taught parapsychologist and author of the "Silva Method"

Negative thinking is guilt, worry, insecurity, fear, jealousy, suspicion, hatred, antagonism, anger, despair, mourning, and self-doubt. Negative thinking is being out of step with people and things around you. Positive thinking is love, appreciation, optimism, security, courage, cooperation, compassion, generosity, friendliness, patience, helpfulness, and ambition. Positive thinking is being in step — in harmony — with people and things around you.

Robin Sharma - Canadian writer, best known for his The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari book series

Your "I CAN" is more important than your IQ. 

Esther Hicks - American inspirational speaker and author. She has co-written nine books with her late husband Jerry Hicks, presented numerous workshops on the law of attraction

If something you want is slow to come to you, it can be for only one reason: You are spending more time focused upon its absence than you are about its presence.

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

Genuine confidence is not the absence of fear; it is a transformed relationship with fear.

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

The feeling of love comes and goes on a whim; you can't control it. But the action of love is something you can do, regardless of how you are feeling.

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

Commitment isn’t about being perfect, always following through, or never going astray. Commitment means that when you (inevitably) stumble or get off track, you pick yourself up, find your bearings, and carry on in the direction you want to go.

Martin Elias Pete Seligman - American psychologist, educator, and author of self-help books

Above all, during the interval, change from “ego orientation” to “task orientation.” Think: “I know this seems like a personal insult, but it is not. It is a challenge to be overcome that calls on skills I have.

Martin Elias Pete Seligman - American psychologist, educator, and author of self-help books. Seligman is a strong promoter within the scientific community of his theories of positive psychology and of well-being.

Pessimistic prophecies are self-fulfilling.

Martin Elias Pete Seligman - American psychologist, educator, and author of self-help books. Seligman is a strong promoter within the scientific community of his theories of positive psychology and of well-being.

Life inflicts the same setbacks and tragedies on the optimist as on the pessimist, but the optimist weathers them better.

Martin Elias Pete Seligman - American psychologist, educator, and author of self-help books. Seligman is a strong promoter within the scientific community of his theories of positive psychology and of well-being.

Optimism generates hope...hope releases dreams...dreams set goals...enthusiasm follows.

Maxwell Maltz - American cosmetic surgeon and author of Psycho-Cybernetics, which was a system of ideas that he claimed could improve one's self-image leading to a more successful and fulfilling life

Close scrutiny will show that most "crisis situations" are opportunities to either advance, or stay where you are.

Daniel Jay Millman - American author and lecturer in the personal development field

Act happy, feel happy, be happy, without a reason in the world. Then you can love, and do what you will.

Rick Hanson - Psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author

The remedy is not to suppress negative experiences; when they happen, they happen. Rather, it is to foster positive experiences—and in particular, to take them in so they become a permanent part of you.

Melanie Robbins - American lawyer, television host, author, and motivational speaker

Hesitation is the kiss of death. You might hesitate for a just nanosecond, but that’s all it takes. That one small hesitation triggers a mental system that’s designed to stop you. And it happens in less than—you guessed it—five seconds.

Tal Ben-Shahar - American and Israeli teacher, and writer in the areas of positive psychology and leadership 

Things do not necessarily happen for the best, but I can choose to make the best of things that happen.

John Calvin Maxwell - American author, speaker, and pastor who has written many books, primarily focusing on leadership

Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.

John Calvin Maxwell - American author, speaker, and pastor who has written many books, primarily focusing on leadership

Talent is a gift, but character is a choice.

James Allen - British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of the self-help movement

A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.

James Allen - British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of the self-help movement

Circumstances do not make the man, they reveal him.

Wayne Walter Dyer - American self-help and spiritual author and a motivational speaker

Remove all unloving thoughts from your mind, and practice kindness in all of your thoughts, words, and actions.

Albert Ellis - American psychologist and psychotherapist who founded Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

Even injustice has it's good points. It gives me the challenge of being as happy as I can in an unfair world.

Steve Chandler - Author of 30 books that have been translated into over 25 languages. His personal success coaching, public speaking and business consulting have been used by CEOs, top professionals, major universities, and over 30 Fortune 500 companies

Negative thinking is something we all do. The difference between the person who is primarily optimistic and the person who is primarily pessimistic is that the optimist learns to become a good debater. Once you become thoroughly aware of the effectiveness of optimism in your life, you can learn to debate your pessimistic thoughts.

Mark Divine - Creator and founder of SEALFIT and The Unbeatable Mind Academy

To live an uncommon life, one needs learn uncommon disciplines.

David Kent Reynolds - Author and the founder of Constructive Living. He was a faculty member at the UCLA School of Public Health, the University of Southern California School of Medicine and the University of Houston

Every situation, every moment, provides the opportunity for self-growth and development of your character.

Carlos Castaneda - American author. Starting with The Teachings of Don Juan in 1968, Castaneda wrote a series of books that describe his training in shamanism, particularly with a group whose lineage descended from the Toltecs

The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.

Carlos Castaneda - American author. Starting with The Teachings of Don Juan in 1968, Castaneda wrote a series of books that describe his training in shamanism, particularly with a group whose lineage descended from the Toltecs

The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse.

William Harry McRaven - Retired United States Navy four-star admiral who served as the ninth commander of the United States Special Operations Command

At some point we will all confront a dark moment in life. If not the passing of a loved one, then something else that crushes your spirit and leaves you wondering about your future. In that dark moment, reach deep inside yourself and be your very best.

Michael Bernard Beckwith - New Thought minister, author, and founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center in Beverly Hills, California, a New Thought church with a congregation estimated in excess of 8,000 members

Be for something and against nothing.

Michael Bernard Beckwith - New Thought minister, author, and founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center in Beverly Hills, California, a New Thought church with a congregation estimated in excess of 8,000 members

Problems can only exist if they have your attention.

John Wooden - American basketball player and coach

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.

John Wooden - American basketball player and coach

Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.

John Wooden - American basketball player and coach

Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.

Denis E. Waitley - American motivational speaker, writer and consultant

Don't dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.

Michael Roach - American non-traditional teacher of Tibetan Buddhism. Ordained as a Gelugpa monk, he was the first American to receive the Geshe degree at Sera Monastery in Tibet

If a situation can be fixed, Why get upset about it? If a situation cannot be fixed, What’s the use of getting upset?

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt - American political figure, diplomat and activist. She served as the First Lady of the United States

Do one thing every day that scares you.

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt - American political figure, diplomat and activist. She served as the First Lady of the United States

You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude.

Elizabeth Helen Blackburn - Australian-American Nobel laureate who is the former President of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Experiencing stress and pain is unavoidable. It is part and parcel of being involved in life, of loving and caring for people, caring about issues, and taking risks. Use the challenge response to protect your cells while you engage fully with life.

Helen Keller - American author, disability rights advocate, political activist and lecturer.

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

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

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

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

The way we see the problem is the problem.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - German poet, playwright, novelist, scientist, statesman, theatre director, critic, and amateur artist.

Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.

Dale Carnegie - American writer and lecturer, and the developer of courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving. 

Ryan Holiday - American marketer and author. He is the former director of marketing for American Apparel and a media columnist and editor-at-large for the New York Observer

Your potential, the absolute best you’re capable of—that’s the metric to measure yourself against. Your standards are. Winning is not enough. People can get lucky and win. People can be assholes and win. Anyone can win. But not everyone is the best possible version of themselves.

Josh Waitzkin - American chess player, martial arts competitor, and author. As a child, he was recognized as a prodigy, and won the U.S. Junior Chess championship in 1993 and 1994. The film Searching for Bobby Fischer is based on his early life

It is rarely a mysterious technique that drives us to the top, but rather a profound mastery of what may well be a basic skill set.

Robin Sharma - Canadian writer, best known for his The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari book series. Sharma worked as a litigation lawyer until age 25, when he self-published MegaLiving, a book on stress management and spirituality

Victims recite problems, leaders provide solutions.

Robin Sharma - Canadian writer, best known for his The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari book series. Sharma worked as a litigation lawyer until age 25, when he self-published MegaLiving, a book on stress management and spirituality

Victim fall in love with excuses.

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

In most cases you are the one who confuses just doing the job with testing your worth. Replace 'I have to' with 'I choose to'.

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

People don’t procrastinate just to be ornery or because they’re irrational. They procrastinate because it makes sense, given how vulnerable they feel to criticism, failure, and their own perfectionism.

Thomas Carlyle - Scottish historian, satirical writer, essayist, translator, philosopher, mathematician, and teacher

No pressure, no diamonds.

James Kerr has 38 years experience in the martial arts and has served as an AAU (American Athletics Union) certified martial arts coach and tournament judge

The challenge is to always improve, to always get better, even when you are the best. Especially when you are the best.

Matthew Kelly - One of the great thought leaders of our time. His enormous success as an author, speaker, and business consultant is the result of his comprehensive worldview which springs forth from the single idea that we are each here to become the-very-best-version-of-ourselves

There will be times of fear and trembling. There will be times of discouragement and disillusionment. Have courage, smile, keep your chin up, laugh often, be kind to yourself, stay focused, be gracious and appreciative, think happy thoughts, and carry on regardless.