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Acceptance is such an important commodity, some have called it "the first law of personal growth."

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The more severe the pain or illness, the more severe will be the necessary changes. These may involve breaking bad habits, or acquiring some new and better ones.

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To avoid situations in which you might make mistakes may be the biggest mistake of all.

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In reality, serendipity accounts for one percent of the blessings we receive in life, work and love. The other 99 percent is due to our efforts.

Peter McWilliams

Stubbornness is also determination. It's simply a matter of shifting from "won't power" to "will power."

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Resentment is anger directed at others--at what they did or did not do.

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I see nothing wrong with the human trait to desire. In fact, I consider it integral to our success mechanism. Becoming attached to what we desire is what causes the trouble. If you must have it in order to be happy, then you are denying the happiness of the here and now.

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The simple solution for disappointment depression: Get up and get moving. Physically move. Do. Act. Get going.

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To use fear as the friend it is, we must retrain and reprogram ourselves...We must persistently and convincingly tell ourselves that the fear is here--with its gift of energy and heightened awareness--so we can do our best and learn the most in the new situation.

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Many people weigh the guilt they will feel against the pleasure of the forbidden action they want to take.

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Pain (any pain--emotional, physical, mental) has a message. The information it has about our life can be remarkably specific, but it usually falls into one of two categories: "We would be more alive if we did more of this," and, "Life would be more lovely if we did less of that." Once we get the pain's message, and follow its advice, the pain goes away.

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Acceptance is not a state of passivity or inaction. I am not saying you can't change the world, right wrongs, or replace evil with good. Acceptance is, in fact, the first step to successful action. If you don't fully accept a situation precisely the way it is, you will have difficulty changing it. Moreover, if you don't fully accept the situation, you will never really know if the situation should be changed.

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If you want peace, stop fighting. If you want peace of mind, stop fighting with your thoughts.

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Guilt is anger directed at ourselves--at what we did or did not do.

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If our early lessons of acceptance were as successful as our early lessons of anger, how much happier we would all be.

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Mistakes, obviously, show us what needs improving. Without mistakes, how would we know what we had to work on?

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If you change the belief first, changing the action is easier.

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The road to positivity is strewn with the abandoned vehicles of the faint-hearted.

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Learn to ask for what you want. The worst people can do is not give you what you ask for which is precisely where you were before you asked.

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Nothing adventured, nothing attained.

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Guilt is anger directed at ourselves - at what we did or did not do. Resentment is anger directed at others - at what they did or did not do.

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As the world gets dumber and dumber, I feel more and more at home.

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What's more important-your goal, or others' opinions of your goal?

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While goals are chosen, a purpose is discovered. Our purpose is something we have been doing all along, and will continue to do, regardless of circumstances, until the day we die.

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We can consciously end our life almost anytime we choose. This ability is an endowment, like laughing and blushing, given to no other animal... in any given moment, by not exercising the option of suicide, we are choosing to live.

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