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People who fly into a rage always make a bad landing.

—Will Rogers (1922; Public Domain)

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Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control affairs.

—Andrew Carnegie (1913; Public Domain)

Of course, we must also realize that this control flows through us from a Higher Power. Humility and confidence are not opposing forces, they are two sides of the same coin.

—Mike Hazell

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Such as are thy habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of thy soul—for the soul is dyed by the thoughts. Dye it then, with a continuous series of such thoughts as these—that where a man can live, there if he will, he can also live well.

—Marcus Antonius (Public Domain)

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There are certain people and certain things in life which are anathema to one’s happiness and success. They need to be recognized, and then cut from one’s life to the greatest possible degree. Personal and spiritual growth and development is the aim, so why would we willingly carry inhibitors with us on our journey?

Mike Hazell (Image Licensed)

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You will find it less easy to uproot faults than to choke them by gaining virtues. Do not think of your faults, still less of others’ faults. In every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong; honor that; try to imitate it, and your faults will drop off like dead leaves when their time comes. 

John Ruskin (1863, by W. & D. Downey; Public Domain)

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Don’t give up emotional power to circumstances outside of your control; retain the ability to move into a mental state of your own choosing.

—Mike Hazell (Image Licensed)

I recall being at a professional football game several years back at which the home team—my team—blew a certain win and was handed an ugly defeat by a taunting opponent. As could be expected, the positive, energized emotions of some 70,000 screaming fans turned ugly seemingly on a dime. 

After the game, as everyone was shuffling up the stands toward the concourse, I heard one guy about three steps behind me angrily shouting up to the herd of people in front of him: “C’mon people, get a (expletive) move on!” I looked back to see a guy in his mid-40s, dressed in a one-piece orange jumpsuit, so angry that his head was turning beat red. The sight of that red face atop that orange jumpsuit made my own mental state immediately shift from anger and disappointment over the loss to surprise and then levity. He looked like a cartoon caricature! I always remember that event as evidence of just how quickly we can change our own mental state, no matter what is going on around us. 

It’s easy to be in an upbeat, sanguine mood when things around us are going great. Our true colors comes shining through, however, when the external environment is not of our liking. When we find ourselves in such a moment, instead of letting these figurative storm clouds take control of our states of mind, let us take a few seconds to thank God for the opportunity to sharpen our own prowess and move to a positive mental state of our own choosing.


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Win or lose you will never regret working hard, making sacrifices, being disciplined or focusing too much. Success is measured by what we have done to prepare for competition.

—Captain John Smith (Public Domain)

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