maxwell maltz Quotes

What is opportunity, and when does it knock? It never knocks. You can wait a whole lifetime, listening, hoping, and you will hear no knocking. None at all. You are opportunity, and you must knock on the door leading to your destiny. You prepare yourself to recognize opportunity, to pursue and seize opportunity as you develop the strength of your personality, and build a self-image with which you are able to live - with your self-respect alive and growing.
— Maxwell Maltz
We age not by years but by events and our emotional reactions to them.
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Close scrutiny will show that most "crisis situations" are opportunities to either advance, or stay where you are.
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The greatest mistake a man can make is to be afraid of making one.
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He must have a burning desire to solve the problem. But after he has defined the problem sees in his imagination the desired end result secured all the information and facts that he can then additional struggling fretting and worrying over it does not help but seems to hinder the solution.
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It is common knowledge among psychologists that most of us underrate ourselves, short-change ourselves, sell ourselves short. Actually, there is no such thing as a superiority complex. People who seem to have one are actually suffering from feelings of inferiority; their "superior" self is a fiction, a coverup, to hide from themselves and others their deep-down feelings of inferiority and insecurity.
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— Maxwell Maltz
If you make friends with yourself, you'll never be alone.
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You make mistakes, mistakes don't make you
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To think, when one is no longer young, when one is not yet old, that one is no longer young, that one is not yet old, that is perhaps something.
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Often the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one's better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on his ideas, to take a calculated risk, and to act.
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— Maxwell Maltz
Do not say to yourself, 'I am going to act this way tomorrow.' Just say to yourself - 'I am going to imagine myself acting this way NOW - for 30 minutes - today.'
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— Maxwell Maltz
Self-discipline is the golden key; without it, you cannot be happy.
— Maxwell Maltz
The greatest miracle you can hope for is self-acceptance.
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Happiness isn't something that happens to you. It is what you yourself do and determine upon.
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We simply must get it through our heads that holding a low opinion of ourselves is not a virtue, but a vice.
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Happiness is simply a state of mind in which our thinking is pleasant a good share of the time.
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Conscious effort inhibits and "jams' the automatic creative mechanism.
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The un-happiest of mortals is that man who insists upon reliving the past, over and over in imagination - continually criticizing himself for past mistakes - continually condemning himself for past sins.
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— Maxwell Maltz
Within you, whoever you may be, regardless of how big a failure you may think yourself to be, is the ability and the power to do whatever you need to do to be happy and successful.
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— Maxwell Maltz
This Creative Mechanism within you is impersonal. It will work automatically and impersonally to achieve goals of success and happiness, or unhappiness and failure, depending upon the goals which you yourself set for it. Present it with success goals and it functions as a Success Mechanism. Present it with negative goals, and it operates just as impersonally, and just as faithfully as a Failure Mechanism.
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Your automatic creative mechanism is teleological. That is, it operates in terms of goals and end results. Once you give it a definite goal to achieve, you can depend upon its automatic guidance system to take you to that goal much better than "you" ever could by conscious thought. "You" supply the goal by thinking in terms of end results. Your automatic mechanism then supplies the means whereby.
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— Maxwell Maltz
Our self image and our habits tend to go together. Change one and you will automatically change the other.
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Man maintains his balance, poise, and sense of security only as he is moving forward.
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The biggest secret of self-esteem is this: Begin to appreciate other people more; show respect for any human being merely because he is a child of God and therefore a thing of value.
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— Maxwell Maltz
You may live in an imperfect world but the frontiers are not closed and the doors are not all shut.
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— Maxwell Maltz
For imagination sets the goal picture which our automatic mechanism works on. We act, or fail to act, not because of will, as is so commonly believed, but because of imagination.
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— Maxwell Maltz
Take the trouble to stop and think of the other person's feelings, his viewpoints, his desires and needs. Think more of what the other fellow wants, and how he must feel.
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— Maxwell Maltz
The most delightful surprise in life is to suddenly recognise your own worth.
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— Maxwell Maltz
We are built to conquer environment, solve problems, achieve goals, and we find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve.
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— Maxwell Maltz
Successful people are able to rise above crises by relaxing no matter what the external situation. Their belief in themselves, the strength of their self-image is impenetrable armor, which protects them against shattering events.
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— Maxwell Maltz
We, whoever we are, must have a daily goal in our lives, no matter how small or great, to make that day mean something.
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— Maxwell Maltz
To change a habit, make a conscious decision, then act out the new behavior.
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— Maxwell Maltz
It takes 21 days to develop a habit.
— Maxwell Maltz
When you see a thing clearly in your mind, your creative "success mechanism" within you takes over and does the job much better than you could do it by conscious effort or "willpower.
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— Maxwell Maltz
Your nervous system can't tell real failure from imagined failure.
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— Maxwell Maltz
Worry is one of the most destructive scourges of mankind.
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We must have courage to bet on our ideas, to take the calculated risk, and to act. Everyday living requires courage if life is to be effective and bring happiness.
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— Maxwell Maltz
This is where you will win the battle - in the playhouse of your mind.
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— Maxwell Maltz
Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.
— Maxwell Maltz
If you wait until circumstances justify your thinking pleasant thoughts, you are likely to wait forever.
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— Maxwell Maltz