The Road to Success: 10 Of My Favorite Quotes Of All Time

fitness-332278_1280All successful people get inspired and learn from others. Fuel your own creativity and be motivated to action by some of my own favorite quotes.

What you think, you become.”
– Buddha

The power of your thoughts is astonishing. Not only do your negative thoughts drain your energy but they also block your development. What you think about – where your focus is – is crucial to your success in life, and in business.

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy;
they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

– Marcel Proust

It is so easy to take the people closest to us for granted, yet they are the ones that makes life extra meaningful. Tell the ones you love how much they mean to you – and then show it in your actions.

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
– Abraham Lincoln

Many roads may go to Rome but there’s only one foolproof road to success – preparation. There are no shortcuts.

“It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you don’t care who gets the credit.”
– Harry S. Truman

If you want to be truly successful, drop your Ego and live from your heart. Be supportive and encouraging of other peoples achievements. What goes around comes around. Besides, do you want the acknowledgement of being successful or do you want to be (genuinely feel) successful?

“There’s no ‘ifs’ amongst believers. Anything can happen.”
– Jesus

Whatever you perceive you will achieve. There are no boundaries, no limits at all, to what you can create in your life. Anything is possible!

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
– Gandhi

The way we treat other beings says a lot about our true essence – more so than any external showcases of practicing religion. What you sow, you shall reap – that’s just the way it works.

“When eating a fruit, think of the person who planted the tree.”
– Vietnamese proverb

Remember that everything that you have in your life – and I know that you have a lot – you have simply because of someone else’s efforts and hard work. Acknowledge and be grateful for what’s in your life, be it things or beings.

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
– Aristotle

If you don’t know your true self, how can you genuinely know someone else? It’s first when you know your deepest desires and dreams, that you can take the next step in achieving them.

“When we have nothing left but God, we discover that God is enough.”
– Unknown

There are many people who at some point in their lives got themselves into a situation where they ended up with absolutely nothing. I am one of them. It was through that situation though, that I – by the grace of God – managed to rise from the ashes like a phoenix. And it was with the comfort, security and knowledge that God is always within me and God is enough, that I moved forward with such success that I created a life beyond what I thought was possible. With God, all things are possible.

“The struggle ends when gratitude begins.”
– Neale Donald Walsch

Be grateful for what you have as opposed to focus on what you have not. Make a list of everything in your life that you are grateful for – don’t leave anything out. If you at any time still feel like you don’t have anything to be grateful for, take a look at that list. Show Gratitude for what you have, no matter how little, and God will provide you with more to be grateful for.

Do you have any favorite quote of your own? I’d love to know about them! Send me an email to gustolifegroup[at]gmail[dot]com and I might include them in a future post as your personal favorite quote (if you consent).

Concious choices

Most people in this world do not make conscious choices. With that I mean that we do not choose our thoughts nor the feelings or emotions that we are creating. Most of the times we do not even choose our behavior. We do not think about what energy or content of consciousness that wegreatness allow into our conscious mind and – as a result – by that what we allow to remain in our subconscious mind.

In order for us to remain in a state of always making “conscious choices” with regards to every thought, feeling, word, energy and deed, we must first learn the art of self-mastery.  And how do we do that? By learning how to detach – as in disidentify – ourselves. You see, if you are identifying yourself with certain thoughts, feelings, things, etc. you – by doing that – hinder yourself from having the ability to choose.

Now, detaching isn’t all that easy, I know that. Facts are, if you for example instantly react instead of choosing how to respond to the actions of someone else you make yourself a victim. Do you see what I mean? Feelings are a choice – they don’t just suddenly happen to us. They are built up from something – deeply buried inside of you and likely from a (sub)conscious fear you have – and if you do not meet these feelings and detach yourself from them you’ll get stuck.

Remember that our fears comes from love, they are two different sides of the same coin. The only way to dissolve them is to challenge them straight on, regardless if it’s a fear of losing someone, fear of doing something or fear of seeing and being your authentic Self.

imageschoiceWe cannot always control what comes into our life but we do have free choice as to the attitude and perspective we take towards it. Ask yourself, do I want the Spirit or my negative Ego to guide my actions? Do I want love or fear? Do I want oneness or separation?

As I said before, this isn’t always easy – we are humans severely affected by the impact of society – and you will make mistakes that you’ll regret deeply. However if (or when) you do choose wrongly, or do not choose at all at some times, learn the lesson God has given you, forgive yourself – and apologize to anyone that might have been affected by your choice – and make a new choice!

When you have mastered the blessing of free choice you will be in perfect harmony with God because what opens your divine consciousness – the connection with God – is the development and refinement of your spiritual journey.

I will still love you even if you are not perfect. I will still love you even if you’re not always the kind of person I wished you were? I will still look into your eyes with warmth even if I’ve seen your shadows. I will still hold your hand even if I know there will be times you’ll let me down. I will still do everything to ensure your happiness even if you do nothing – because I love you.” – unknown

Faith or foolishness?

Is it possible to have too much faith? To be too courageous? Where does the line go between being very courageous and being plain foolish? And what defines foolishness?

A very brave friend of mine arplan lifee about to embark on a adventurous and most likely life-changing journey.  This journey has been planned for quite some time, with careful considerations to all that might or might not happen, or develop, as a result of it. However, what was by him before thought of as a pretty normal event with all that naturally happens in the course of a relationship – yes, we are talking about a lovers situation here – this “journey” has turned into a drama of its own and the events now unfolded  as led him to reflect great deal on the subjects of having faith, being courageous or being plain foolish.

Not long ago his plans seemed like a great idea. As a matter of fact he felt that it seemed as an incredible, fun, exciting and amazing opportunity. A blessing from the Divine that could lead him to fantastic never-before-experienced things and to a life with the woman of his dreams. However, by unseemed actions – at least for him – things have surfaced that indicates that this “fun, exciting and amazing opportunity” that he expected might not happen the way he planned it to. My question, does it ever?

“Although individuals around me smile and tell me – or my loved ones remind me – of how ‘courageous’ I (supposedly) am, so often daring to do what many wouldn’t, their words of encouragement is not working on me this time. In fact, I do not feel courageous at all….I feel totally lost.”

My friend explained to me how he’d felt about this change in course – expressing feelings of confusion, discouragement and more importantly a sense of being lost. He’d even questioned his courage – wondering if he had not just been plain foolish and blind, not courageous.

tumblr_ms8u1cjo0v1rtqolxo1_1280To me courage is daring to follow your heart’s desire, the path of your soul and having faith in that everything will work out to the best – in a greater perspective. Courage is what makes people go against the mainstream and follow their inner voice – or the guidance of the Divine source – in order to grow spiritually. Courage is what makes us take a huge leap of faith and follow our hearts desire when meeting the (wo)man of our dreams in order to pursue our relationship – even if, as my friend and his lover, you are living in different parts of the world. Courage is what makes us try new or different things, or walk on to unknown paths, although feeling afraid, just to be able to grow in one way or another. Courage is to be truly scared but still move ahead.

It makes me think about what some individuals are prepared to in order to fulfill their deepest dreams! Their courage, strength and faith is beautiful and it warms my heart simply thinking about it! Especially when they are determined to turn something that can be perceived as a “tough situation” into a golden moment of opportunity. I love that!

“The optimist refuses to believe that the road ends without options” – Robert H. Schuller.

One thing is clear to me though. Although we’re told by society that we are frail and powerless beings who live in a world where things just “happen” for no apparent reason, I am confident that our existence – as our most ancient and cherished spiritual traditions tell us – is based on a Divine force that lives within each and every one of us. A power that nothing in the world can touch. And for my friend there’s some – to him at this point unknown and unforeseeable – reason he’s supposed to do this. All the signs still points him towards it. Yes, there’s no denying that his situation has gone from a being “a prospective wonderful amazing God-given opportunity to a life in total bliss” (his words) to a complete turnaround into a somewhat frightening and lonely road.

6My friend is still guided to go through with it. And with restored faith in great things ahead, he surely will. It’s not going to be the way he wished or planned for, that’s clear. But with the determination to make the best he can out of the current situation, I am absolutely convinced he’ll experience a journey beyond his imagination. In other words, better than anything he ever could have planned. I know from my own experiences that it is only by the courageous leaps I’ve taken that I’ve gotten to not only encounter the most amazing individuals, but also experience truly fascinating spiritual journeys. Having faith and leaving the rest in God’s hands, that is the most courageous thing you can do.

The things that are going on right now in my friends life right now makes me think of the words of Gibran who in his classic book “The Prophet” reminds us of what it means to have a great gift and to know that it’s power is already within us. Gibran writes that “no man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.” In other words, we can’t be taught what we don’t already know as we came into the world already knowing how to use our beliefs and I find that to be so very true. We ourselves have the power to rewrite our own code of reality. It’s just a matter of choice of how we want our life to be! Isn’t that an amazing blessing from the Divine?! I truly think so!

Gibran’s thought aren’t something new – in fact, his book was published in the beginning of the 19th century. The same subject has been explored by many mystics in the past. The ancient Sufi poet Jalal ad-Din ar-Rumi describes the irony of our mysterious condition in this world by stating that “what strange beings we are that sitting in hell at the bottom of the dark, we’re afraid of our own immortality.” Rumi, as well as many other ancient philosophers, explored the promise of surviving the darkest moments of life and the reassurance that difficult times are only a part of a journey that leads to a place where bad things can’t happen any longer as they reflected on “the deepest mysteries of life”. Just as these fascinating individuals, I myself do not believe that we are fragile victims of events that are beyond our control but that we are powerful creators of our own life – if we choose to be! Which leads me back to the beginning…not knowing anything yet knowing it all I could not but encourage my friend to embark on this fascinating, scary and divine journey with faith that it’ll lead to all that he want it to – the fulfillment of his soul’s desire as ones know it.

Through the godlike power of human belief, we are given the equally divine ability to bring what we believe to life in the matrix of energy that bathes and surrounds us.”

Pure Joy: Conquer Your Fears

Courage is all about being afraid but acting anyway. It is taking a huge leap of faith and act towards something or someone although being afraid. It is listening to God´s voice -which always guides you towards personal growth and true love and not against it – although relatives, friends or others around you advise against it, for whatever expressed purpose. It is trusting yourself and the knowledge you have that God has sent this thing, opportunity, individual etc your way for a very specific positive reason. Courage is taking calculatcourageed risks and realising that in the end you have so much more to gain than to loose. It is being able “at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become” as put by Charles DuBois. Always. Think about it.

Imagine if a fearless spirit took over your body, and used your brain and skills and knowledge. Because this spirit wouldn´t identify with those fearful thoughts that you have as its own, it wouldn´t act accordingly, it would hear them but dismiss them as unimportant. Do you think such a spirit could do or would do things different than you? Well, some may still say that we do need to consider what might go wrong so we won´t make mistakes. Yes, it is logical to think like that. I used to do that myself for a very long time. I brought my professional assignment of analysing and preparing for “the worst case scenario” into my personal life, doing the same thing. At times it was very useful as it felt reassuring to have had covered “the worst thing that could happen” and know that no matter what, I had it all under control – or so I thought. Picturing a “worst case scenario” can be a good thing though if used appropriate. I do not know of anyone who actually have manage to do that however. I sure didn´t manage to use it appropriate myself, which led me to experience lack of control over all things that I wished I would have had control over. I only caused myself to experience more stress. However, very grateful for all the lessons learned, I have since come to terms with that with a strong sense of courage – based on a deep trust in that everything works out accordingly to the bigger purpose, my life’s purpose or God’s plan for me – I do not need to be afraid. What a relief!

i-have-learnedBy being courageous life feels so much easier and fun! By putting our trust in God, knowing that if we just realise and are  appreciative of what or who He sends our way, everything will work out positively as it is meant to be. I’m not saying of course that you should be careless or take the type of risks that could have a negative effect on others or yourself, at least not without everyone included actually agreeing to it. There is however a huge difference between having fearful thoughts that hinder your evolution – your growth as a human being – and the thoughts you have when you in fact have to deal with something that has happened. Let go of all anxiety as you really don’t need it in order to see danger or to take precautions. Your fearful thoughts doesn’t protect you from making mistakes. They do nothing but discourage you. And God doesn´t discourage. God offers guidance, support and courage. God is good and wants nothing but goodness for you.

By being courageous enough to explore whatever He has sent your way I’m absolutely sure that you’ll feel awarded for it. After all, what’s the worst thing that could happen? …you see! Now think about the best thing that could happen and you’ll realize that you do not have anything to be afraid of but everything to gain. Have faith in what or whom God has send you and it’ll all work out for the best! One of my favourite quotes are “courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgement that something else is more important than feIMG_4786ar”. If you think about that you’ll see that there is so much you can and should do, it could be anything from travelling to unknown places, meeting new people whom might be strangers but can turn out to become your best friends, taking that professional  course which might be the first step to an new exciting career or by giving that specifik person an second chance and be blessed with an soulmate.

In other words, have faith in what or whoever God sends your way, be courageous to explore the possibilities of what can be and it’ll all work out for the best! Dare to take a huge leap of faith in yourself and in the Divine – you surely will find gold at the end of the rainbow. I know this for a fact! I’ve done it more times than I can count and no matter what I experienced along the way, it’s always been and still am worth it in the end. Pure Joy and Happiness ♥