David J. Schwartz quotes:

  • It really is easy to forget the unpleasant if we simply refuse to recall it. Withdraw only positive thoughts from your memory bank. Let the others fade away. And your confidence, that feeling of being on top of the world, will zoom up-ward. You take a big step forward toward conquering your fear when you refuse to remember negative, self-deprecating thoughts.

  • A good idea if not acted upon produces terrible psychological pain. But a good idea acted upon brings enormous mental satisfaction. Got a good idea? Then do something about it. Use action to cure fear and gain confidence. Here's something to remember: Actions feed and strengthen confidence; inaction in all forms feeds fear. To fight fear, act. To increase fear--wait, put off, postpone.

  • Remember, you see in any situation what you expect to see.

  • The thought "It's impossible" sets off a chain reaction of other thoughts to prove you're right.

  • Believing there is a solution paves the way to a solution.

  • Believe Big. The size of your success is determined by the size of your belief. Think little goals and expect little achievements.

  • Action cures fear. Indecision, postponement, on the other hand, fuel fear.

  • There is a good side to every situation.

  • Believing something can be done sets the mind in motion to find a way to do it.

  • Where success is concerned, people are not measured in inches, or pounds, or college degrees, or family back-ground; they are measured by the size of their thinking.

  • Belief releases creative powers.

  • Those who believe they can move mountains, do!

  • Success shuns the man who lacks ideas.

  • The person determined to achieve maximum success learns the principle that progress is made one step at a time.

  • Build castles, don't dig graves.

  • How much we can do, depends on how much we THINK we can do.

  • Get the big view of your job. Think, really think your present job is important. That next promotion depends mostly on how you think toward your present job.

  • Hesitation only enlarges, magnifies the fear. Take action promptly. Be decisive.

  • Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success.

  • When you believe something is impossible, your mind goes to work for you to prove why. But when you believe, really believe, something can be done, your mind goes to work for you and helps you find the ways to do it.

  • Here is the first step toward success. It's a basic step. It can't be avoided. Step One: Believe in yourself, believe you can succeed.

  • The test of a successful person is not an ability to eliminate all problems before they arise, but to meet and work out difficulties when they do arise.

  • Remind yourself regularly that you are better than you think you are. Successful people are not superhuman. Success does not require a super-intellect. Nor is there anything mystical about success. And success isn't based on luck. Successful people are just ordinary folks who have developed belief in themselves and what they do. Never...yes, never...sell yourself short.

  • The thinking that guides your intelligence is much more important than how much intelligence you may have.

  • Knowledge is power only when put to use - and then only when the use made of it is constructive.

  • People do more for you when you make them feel important.

  • Get the action habit - you do not need to wait until conditions are perfect.

  • Those who believe they can move mountains, do. Those who believe they can't, cannot. Belief triggers the power to do.

  • Here is the basic rule for winning success. Let's mark it in the mind and remember it. The rule is: Success depends on the support of other people. The only hurdle between you and what you want to be in is the support of other people.

  • Life is too short to waste. Dreams are fulfilled only through action, not through endless planning to take action.

  • When you help others feel important, you help yourself feel important too.

  • Big thinkers are specialists in creating positive, forward-looking, optimistic pictures in their own minds and in the minds of others.

  • Think you are weak, think you lack what it takes, think you will lose, think you are second class - think this way and you are doomed to mediocrity.

  • Believe Big. The size of your success is determined by the size of your belief. Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success. Remember this, too! Big ideas and big plans are often easier -certainly no more difficult - than small ideas and small plans.

  • Hope is a start. But hope needs action to win victories

  • Persons who reach the higher rungs in business management, selling, engineering, religious work, writing, acting, and in every other pursuit get there by following conscientiously and continuously a plan for self-development and growth.

  • How can I give more than is expected of me?

  • Think first class about everyone around you, and you'll receive first-class results in return.

  • Goals are as essential to success as air is to life.

  • Luck take a second look at what appears to be someone's good luck. You'll find not luck but preparation, planning, and success-producing thinking.

  • Believe, really believe, you can succeed, and you will.

  • Am I worthy in every respect of being imitated?

  • Then it dawned on me that no one else was going to believe in me until I believed in myself.

  • The mind is what the mind is fed.

  • Every day thousands of people bury good ideas because they are afraid to act on them.And afterwards, the ghosts of these ideas come back to haunt them.

  • Think doubt and fail. Think victory and succeed.

  • Just enough sense to stick with something-a chore, task, project, until its completed pays off much better than idle intelligence, even if idle intelligence be of genius caliber.

  • Believe triggers the power to do.

  • How you think determines how you act. How you act in turn determines how others react to you.

  • Attitudes are more important than intelligence.

  • Don't let tradition paralyze your mind. Be receptive to new ideas. Be experimental. Try new approaches. Be progressive in everything you do.

  • How much we can do depends on how much we think we can do. When you really believe you can do more, your mind thinks creatively and shows you the way.

  • To think confidently, act confidently... Act the way you want to feel.

  • Believe it can be done. When you really believe something can be done, your mind will find the ways to do it.