The 10 Commandments of Self Improvement

You are probably familiar with many of these powerful “Commandments”. If you are, please look at these as a refresher course to remind you of the basics. I have included quotes that support each lesson and belief from a variety of experts in the field of personal effectiveness.

1. Thou Shalt Take Responsibility for Your Life

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

2. Thou Shall Take Action

“Take Massive Action” – Tony Robbins

“Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.” – Jack Canfield

3. Thou Shall Have Desire

“Desire is the starting point of all achievement.” – Napoleon Hill

“The key that unlocks energy is ‘Desire’. It’s also the key to a long and interesting life. If we expect to create any drive, any real force within ourselves, we have to get excited.” – Earl Nightingale

4. Thou Shall Set Goals

“Every single life only becomes great when the individual sets upon a goal or goals which they really believe in, which they can really commit themselves to, which they can put their whole heart and soul into.” – Brian Tracy

“A goal properly set is halfway reached.” – Zig Ziglar

5. Thou Shalt Create a Plan

“If You Fail to Plan, You Plan to Fail.” – Unknown

6. Thou Shalt Pay the Price

“Success is the child of drudgery and perseverance. It cannot be coaxed or bribed; pay the price and it is yours.” – Orison Swett Marden

7. Thou Shalt Have Persistence

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” – Calvin Coolidge

8. Thou Shalt Believe

“If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won’t, you most assuredly won’t. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.” – Denis Waitley

9. Thou Shalt Learn From Thy Mistakes

“There are no failures, only lessons to be learned.” – Oprah Winfrey

10. Thou Shalt Create a Clear Picture of Your Future and Visualise It

“Picture yourself in your mind’s eye as having already achieved this goal. See yourself doing the things you’ll be doing when you’ve reached your goal.” – Earl Nightingale

“Create a clear, mutual understanding of what needs to be accomplished, focusing on what, not how; results not methods. Spend time. Be patient. Visualise the desired result.” – Stephen Covey

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