Having Feelings Isn’t an Absence of Strength

“Feelings aren’t an absence of strength. I know this for sure. So why should I pretend to have a sense of humor just to allow someone else to take a shot at me?”
~ Gabourey Sidibe
Author, Actress, Satellite Special Achievement Award for Outstanding New Talent (2009), NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (2010) & Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead (2010)
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Stay Skills-Relevant

“Unless you’re continually improving your skills, you’re quickly becoming irrelevant.”
~ Stephen Covey,
Author, Professional Speaker, Professor, Consultant, Businessman & Management Expert
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The Kind of Self-Image You Can Live With

“To really live, that is to find life reasonably satisfying, you must have an adequate and realistic self-image that you can live with. You must find yourself acceptable to you.” 
~ Maxwell Maltz
Cosmetic Surgeon & Author
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Self-Esteem is a Necessity

“Self-esteem is as necessary to the spirit as food is to the body.” 
~ Maxwell Maltz
Cosmetic Surgeon & Author
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When No One Else is Looking

“Always do your very best. Even when no one else is looking, you always are. Don’t disappoint yourself.”
~ Colin Powell
Politician, Statesman, Diplomat, United States Army 4-Star General (1989) & 65th United States Secretary of State (2001-2005)
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Our Self-Image & Our Habits

“Our self-image and our habits tend to go together. Change one and you will automatically change the other.” 
~ Maxwell Maltz
Cosmetic Surgeon & Author
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Getting Ahead of Yourself

“Winning isn’t getting ahead of others. It’s getting ahead of yourself.” 
~ Roger Staubach
a.k.a. “Roger the Dodger”, “Captain America” & “Captain Comeback”
Heisman Trophy (1963), Naval Academy Graduate (1965), Hall of Fame Quarterback – Dallas Cowboys (1969-1979), NFL Players Association Most Valuable Player (1971), Super Bowls VI (MVP) & XII Victories, Founder – Staubach Company (1977), Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor (1983), Pro Football Hall of Fame (1985), Office & Industrial Properties Executive of the Year (1998), Commercial Property News Corporate Services Executive of the Year (1999 & 2000) & NCAA “Teddy” Roosevelt Award – United States Naval Academy Football (2000)
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Your Best Inside & Out

“Beauty is being the best possible version of yourself on the inside and out”
~ Author Unknown
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Double-Check Yourself, Your Actions & Your Words

“Being a former Engineer, you learn to always go back, study yourself, see what you could’ve done differently, see what you could’ve said.”
~ Loni Love
Comedian, Talk Show Host, Actress & Author
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The Authentic Self

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“You should always be your authentic self; let people love the real you.”
~ Jekalyn Carr
Recording Artist. Speaker, Entrepreneur, Actress, Author, Billboard #1’s (8x), & GMA Dove Award
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We Rise in Spite of the Bitter, Twisted Lies

“You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lies, you may trod me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I’ll rise.”

~ Maya Angelou,
Poet, Civil Rights Activist, Dancer,
Film Producer, Television Producer, Playwright,
Film Director, Author, Actress & Professor

Opportunities Given

“… Being given this opportunity as one of my people may be the beginning of a certain dimension, that anyone who wants to aspire to be so completely free artistically as I have been … is truly an American act, and it makes me proud to be an American.”
~ Leontyne Price,
Classical (lirico spinto) Soprano, Author, Presidential Medal of Freedom (1964), Spingarn Medal (1965),
Kennedy Center Honors (1980), National Medal of Arts (1985), Grammy Awards (19X),
Lifetime Achievement Award (1989) & National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors (2008 )

Strength to Endure, Power to Obey

“Being strengthened to endure and being given the power to obey doesn’t make obedience easy, but it does make it possible.”
~ Jackie Hill Perry
Writer, Speaker, Author & Artist
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We Aren’t Whatever Tempts Us

“Just because we are tempted does not mean that we are our temptations.”
~ Jackie Hill Perry
Writer, Speaker, Author & Artist
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The Body’s ‘Final Say’

“The body doesn’t have to have the final say in our lives.”
~ Jackie Hill Perry
Writer, Speaker, Author & Artist
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Take the Time to Get to Know Yourself

“When you haven’t taken the time to get to know yourself, be OK
with you, and articulate what it is you want in a relationship,
then you can’t possibly find that person for you
because you don’t even know what you’re looking for.”
~ Keshia Knight Pulliam,
Actress

Not in Rivalry to Man

“To be liberated, woman must feel free to be herself, not in rivalry to man but in the context of her own capacity and her personality.”
~ Indira Gandhi,
Stateswoman & Prime Minister of India (1966–77) & (1980-1984)

Carrying Confidence

“Confident people have a way of carrying themselves that makes others more attracted to them.”
~ Sofia Vergara
Actress, Television Producer, Presenter, Model, Imagen Foundation Awards (2011), NAACP Image Awards (2011),
Screen Actors Guild (2012), Glamour Awards (2012), Screen Actors Guild (2013) & People’s Choice Award (2017)
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Company: Option vs. Necessity

“Someone told me the other day that he felt bad for single people because they are lonely all the time. I told him that’s not true; I’m single and I don’t feel lonely. I take myself out to eat, I buy myself clothes. I have great times by myself. Once you know how to take care of yourself, company becomes an option and not a necessity.”
~ Keanu Reeves
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Finding You

“To find yourself, think for yourself.”
~ Socrates,
Philosopher

Who You Pretend to Be

“… God cannot bless who you pretend to be. So, you might as well become who you are; everybody else is taken. There is something that He put inside of you.”
~ NAME
Founder, CEO and Senior Pastor – The Lighthouse Church & Ministries & Author
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Doing Anything for Material Things & Money

“I’m not so in love with material things that I’ll do anything for money. That allows me the luxury of doing things of value.”
~ Esther Rolle
Actress & Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Special (1979)
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Seeing Sin as a Good Thing

“Unbelief doesn’t see God as the ultimate good. So it can’t see sin as the ultimate evil. It instead sees sin as a good thing and thus God’s commands as a stumbling block to joy. In believing the Devil, I didn’t need a pentagram pendant to wear, neither did I need to memorize a hex or two. All I had to do was trust myself more than God’s Word. I had to believe that my thoughts, my affections, my rights, my wishes, were worthy of absolute obedience and that in laying prostrate before the flimsy throne I’d made for myself, that I’d be doing a good thing.”
~ Jackie Hill Perry
Writer, Speaker, Author & Artist
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A Culture of Narcissism

“Self-admiration has created a culture of narcissism and a ‘love gap’ that diminishes us. What the world needs most is a love that is the polar opposite of narcissism. A love that is selfless and self-abandoning. A love that does not ask, ‘What’s in it for me?’ but ‘What’s in it for those I am privileged to know?’ A love that isn’t about being served but serving others. Your dreams come alive when you are preoccupied with making other people’s dreams come true. That is where real happiness is found.”
~ Mark Chironna,
Pastor, Life Coach, Author, Founder – The Masters Touch International Church
& Founder – The Dream Builders Network