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From "When things fall apart" by Pema Chodron
"Generally speaking, we regard discomfort in any form as bad news. But for practitioners or spiritual warriors - people who have a certain hunger to know what is true - feelings like disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, resentment, anger, jealousy, and fear, instead of being bad news, are actually very clear moments that teach us where it is that we're holding back. They teach us to perk up and lean in when we feel we'd rather collapse and back away. They're like messengers that show us, with terrifying clarity, exactly where we're stuck. This very moment is the perfect teacher, and, lucky for us, it's with us wherever we are."
From "Instant Life Coach - 200 Brilliant Ways To Be Your Best"
by Lynda Field ISBN 0091906709
Believe in yourself
Self-confident people have indestructible self-belief, nothing can take
away their feeling of self-worth and they bounce back again and again.
You can feel like this. You have all that it takes to go for what you want
and to ride the ups and downs that life inevitably brings. No one has a
smooth trip but just think how you will feel if you don't even give yourself
a chance to get out there and give things a try!
A person with self-belief:
Never compares herself with others.
Knows that she is her own woman and that nobody can understand her as well as she can
Listens to helpful advice and comments but never blindly follows others' opinions
Trusts her instincts and listens to her heart
Recognises that she will make mistakes and learns from them and moves on
Depends upon her own judgement and always gives herself time to work things through
Values rest and relaxation as much as action planning and activity
Knows that when she is calm and focused she will make the best decisions
Accepts that there will be days when her self-belief is not so strong and will wait until she is feeling more positive before committing herself to any course of action
"When you are high in self-belief you will trust your own thoughts and feelings and will be able to follow through with appropriate action"
From "Screw it, Let's do it - Lessons in life" by Richard Branson ISBN 07535 1099 5
"We spent the rest of our holiday on another island. Our plan was to travel on to Puerto Rico - but when we got to the airport, the flight was cancelled. People were roaming about, looking lost. No one was doing anything. So I did - someone had to. I chartered a plane for $2,000. I divided that by the number of people. It came to $39 a head. I borrowed a blackboard and wrote on it:
VIRGIN AIRWAYS. $39 SINGLE FLIGHT TO PUERTO RICO.
The idea for Virgin Airways was born.
From "How to Change Your Life in 7 Steps" by John Bird ISBN 0091907039
"Don't think you have failed just because you have to change your plans or ideas. The cleverest scientists in the world do that all the time. They don't think of themselves as failures."