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Dan Millman Quotes

Daniel Jay Millman

Dan Millman quotes: word porn from the accomplished author.

“Where are you? Here. What time is it? Now. What are you? This moment.”

“Dream big. Start small and then connect the dots.”

“We are here to live moment by moment, and each moment brings a task, a challenge, a goal. It’s good to have big goals, but we need to connect the dots between where we are and where we are going, one day, one moment at a time.”

“There are times to let things happen, and times to make things happen. Now is that time. You will either make things happen, watch what happens, or wonder what happened.”

“Aim not to win or succeed, but for excellence in the moment.”

“Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear.”

“Life is a series of moments. The quality of attention and action that we bring to each moment determines the quality of our lives.”

“Energy follows thought; we move toward, but not beyond, what we can imagine. What we assume, expect, or believe creates and colors our experience. By expanding our deepest beliefs about what is possible, we change our experience of life.”

“The journey is what brings us happiness, not the destination.”

“Every choice eventually leads to wisdom.”

“A little bit of something beats a lot of nothing. Break the largest of difficult tasks into the smallest of steps and it can be done.”

“There are no mistakes, only lessons. If you don’t learn the lesson the first time, they get harder.”

“It’s better to make a mistake with the full force of your being than to timidly avoid mistakes with a trembling spirit. Responsibility means recognizing both pleasure and price, action and consequence, then making a choice.”

“Ultimately, fear of failure generates a vicious circle that creates what is most feared. To break this cycle, you need to make peace with failure. It isn’t enough to merely tolerate it; you need to appreciate the failure and use it.”

“Your fears are not walls, but hurdles. Courage is not the absence of fear, but the conquering of it.”

“The time is now, the place is here. Stay in the present. You can do nothing to change the past, and the future will never come exactly as you plan or hope for.”

“Before you can see the light, you have to deal with the darkness.”

“Life has three rules: paradox, humor and change. Paradox: life is a mystery; don’t waste your time trying to figure it out. Humor: keep a sense of humor, especially about yourself. It is a strength beyond all measure. Change: know that nothing ever stays the same.”

“Every positive change—every jump to a higher level of energy and awareness—involves a rite of passage. Each time to ascend to a higher rung on the ladder of personal evolution, we must go through a period of discomfort, of initiation. I have never found an exception.”

“To rid yourself of old patterns, focus all your energy not on struggling with the old, but on building the new.”

“Just handle what is in front of you now and the future will take care of itself. Otherwise, you’ll spend most of your life wondering which foot you’ll use to step off the curb when you’re still only halfway to the corner.”

“Everything you’ll ever need to know is within you; the secrets of the universe are imprinted on the cells of your body. Listen. Feel. Trust the body’s wisdom.”

“You don’t have to control your thoughts; you just have to stop letting them control you.”

“Unless someone truly has the power to say no, they never truly have the power to say yes.”

“If you face just one opponent, and you doubt yourself, you’re out-numbered.”

“Choice means giving up something you want for something else you want more.”

“Moderation? It’s mediocrity, fear and confusion in disguise. It’s the devil’s dilemma. It’s neither doing nor not doing. It’s the wobbling compromise that makes no one happy. Moderation is for the bland, the apologetic, for the fence-sitters of the world afraid to take a stand. It’s for those afraid to laugh or cry, for those afraid to live or die. Moderation… is lukewarm tea, the devil’s own brew.”

“You get no more and no less than what you believe you deserve.”

“Although motivation comes and goes, you can always rely on your will.”

“No matter what we feel or know, no matter what our potential gifts or talents, only action brings them to life. Those of us who only think we understand concepts such as commitment, courage and love, one day discover that we only know when we act; doing becomes understanding.”

“Responsibility is a grace you give yourself, not an obligation.”

“While some of us act without thinking, too many of us think without acting.”

“Stress happens when your mind resists what is, what arises. The only problem in your life is your mind’s resistance to life as it unfolds.”

“Money is neither my god nor my devil. It is a form of energy that tends to make us more of who we already are, whether it’s greedy or loving.”

“You are rich if you have enough money to satisfy all your desires. So there are two ways to be rich: you earn, inherit, borrow, beg, or steal enough money to meet all your desires. Or you cultivate a simple lifestyle of few desires; that way you always have enough money.”

“The hours of your life are the most valuable currency you will ever have. How will you spend them?”

“Managing your money does not depend upon becoming wealthy or declaring vows of poverty. Rather, it is about creating stability and sufficiency—a balanced flow of monetary energy through your life.”

“As you manage your money, you manage your life.”

“The universe does not judge us; it only provides consequences and lessons and opportunities to balance and learn through the law of cause and effect. Compassion is the recognition that we are each doing the best we can within the limits of our current beliefs and capacities.”

“There are no ordinary moments.”

“Surrender means accepting this moment, this body, and this life with open arms. Surrender involves getting out of your own way and living in accord with a higher will, expressed as the wisdom of the heart. Far more than passive acceptance, surrender uses every challenge as a means of spiritual growth and expanded awareness.”

“Our sense of self-worth is the single most important determinant of the health, abundance, and joy we allow into our lives.”

“Coming to appreciate your worth can, in some cases, dramatically improve your circumstances by changing the choices you make and the actions you take. And as you begin to treat yourself with more respect, other people begin to do the same, since we subconsciously ‘train’ others how to treat us through messages we send through body language, tone of voice, and other subtle cues and behaviors. Discovering your innate worth and living from that place allows you to make more constructive choices—to choose the higher roads of life.”

“To be authentic literally means to be your own author.”

“Life comes at us in waves. We can’t predict or control those waves, but we can learn to surf.”

“Life is not suffering; it’s just that you will suffer it, rather than enjoy it, until you let go of your mind’s attachments and just go for the ride freely, no matter what happens.”

“Faith means living with uncertainty: feeling your way through life, letting your heart guide you like a lantern in the dark.”

“Wake up! If you knew for certain you had a terminal illness—if you had little time left to live—you would waste precious little of it! Well, I’m telling you… you do have a terminal illness: it’s called birth. You don’t have more than a few years left. No one does! So be happy now, without reason—or you will never be at all.”

“It is better for you to take responsibility for your life as it is, instead of blaming others, or circumstances, for your predicament. As your eyes open, you’ll see that your state of health, happiness, and every circumstance of your life has been, in large part, arranged by you—consciously or unconsciously.”

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

“When you become fully responsible for your life, you can become fully human; once you become human, you may discover what it means to be a warrior.”

“A warrior does not give up what he loves, he finds the love in what he does.”

Related: Mark Victor Hansen quotes.

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