Self Development


It’s not about what you get in life. It’s about what you become.

Tama J Kieves

It is necessary, then, to find higher visions and broader vistas of thought if we are to transcend our previous experiences… The Spirit is always ready to flow through us, but we are each individual and must let it flow by the act of self-choice.

Ernest Holmes

How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.

Coco Chanel

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.

CS Lewis

Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.

Jim Rohn

Everything you've ever wanted is one step out of your comfort zone.


When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German-American Physicist

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

Benjamin Franklin

If you will keep being your best right where you are, you will come into more favor, promotion and opportunity than you ever imagined.

Joel Osteen

In order to grow, you must give up the struggle to remain the same.

Michael Singer

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is no condition that you cannot modify into something more, any more than there is any painting that you can paint and not like and just paint over it again. There are many limiting thoughts in the human environment that make it feel like it is not so, as you have these incurable illnesses, or these unchangeable conditions. But we say, they are only “unchangeable” because you believe that they are.

Abraham-Hicks, from the workshop in San Antonio, TX on Saturday, April 21, 2001

You’re always getting a perfect vibrational match to what you predominantly give your attention to. But you’ve got to make the best of it. You’ve got to vibrate slightly different from where you are if you are going to improve where you are. You can’t keep taking score of where your business is or your relationship is or your body is without continuing to create it as it is. To make improvement, you’ve got to reach for a different thought.

Abraham-Hicks, from the workshop in Tampa, FL on Saturday, December 6, 2003

You grow most in your areas of greatest strength. You will improve the most, be the most creative, be the most inquisitive, and bounce back the fastest in those areas where you have already shown some natural advantage over everyone else-- your strengths. This doesn't mean you should ignore your weaknesses. It just means you'll grow most where you're already strong.

Marcus Buckingham in Now, Discover Your Strengths

You don’t have to go where you don’t want to be to get where you want to be. You can go from where you are to where you want to be.

Abraham-Hicks, from the workshop in Napa, CA on Friday, February 28th, 1997

To reach satisfaction in all desire its possession in nothing.
To come to the knowledge of all desire the knowledge of nothing.
To come to possess all desire the possession of nothing.
To arrive at being all desire to be nothing.

St John of the Cross

Drop the idea of becoming someone, because you are already a masterpiece. You cannot be improved. You have only to come to it, to know it, to realize it.


One of my great passions in life is seeking out women who live out loud — the brave and daring dames who connect deep to their yearning and purpose, shunning paychecks and predictability, courageously leaping into the abyss to make their dreams reality.

Giselle Fernandez

Our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world as being able to remake ourselves.


Man's main task is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is.

Erich Fromm

You’re always getting a perfect vibrational match to what you predominantly give your attention to. But you've got to make the best of it. You’ve got to vibrate slightly different from where you are if you are going to improve where you are. You can’t keep taking score of where your business is or your relationship is or your body is without continuing to create it as it is. To make improvement, you’ve got to reach for a different thought.

Abraham-Hicks, from the workshop in Tampa, FL on Saturday, December 6, 2003

What you are is what you have been. What you'll be is what you do now.


Be what you are. This is the first step toward becoming better than you are.

Julius Charles Hare

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

George Eliot

"When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." I choose to remain an expectant observer, listener, sensor.

Annie Zalezsak

As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.


Never ever think your life is over, but know that each day, each moment, is another beginning, another chance to re-create yourself anew.

Neale Donald Walsch

Every person with whom you interact is a part of the person you are becoming. Not a single interaction with a single person is left out of the process of your becoming.


The process of self-development can be described as the stripping away of layer after layer of all that is false.

The Daily Guru

Self-knowledge is for the purpose of contributing.

Alene Moris

When the student is ready the teacher will appear.

Zen proverb (see more Zen proverbs)

The teacher is within!

from Success is the Quality of Your Journey, by Jennifer James

A saying by Lao Tzu goes something like this: First we must do our own personal work, then we tend the necessary work of our family, then our community, then our world – in that order! Most of us go about that process quite backward, first jumping into the world and bringing our messy, unresolved issues with us. The attempt to do anything significant in the world before we have been deeply changed ourselves is a way to avoid real change. Good intention counts for very little in the mythic journey! Doing our own work first leads to our true and unique participation in the world we wish to serve.

from The Inspired Heart, p134-135, by Jerry Wennstrom

If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you'll be unhappy for the rest of your life.

Abraham H Maslow (1908-1970) American psychologist

Be a student. Stay open and willing to learn from everyone and anyone. Being a student means you have room for new input. When you are green you grow, when you are ripe you rot. By staying green you will avoid the curse of being an expert. When you know in your heart that every single person you encounter in your lifetime has something to teach you, you are able to utilize their offerings in a profound way.

from Real Magic by Wayne Dyer (about Wayne Dyer)

Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life.

Herbert Otto

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.

Aldous Huxley (1864-1963) English novelist

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.

Beauty Tips, by Audrey Hepburn

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you will help them become what they are capable of becoming.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832) German playwright

Most people never feel secure because they are always worried that they will lose their job, lose the money they already have, lose their spouse, lose their health, and so on. The only true security in life comes from knowing that every single day you are improving yourself in some way, that you are increasing the caliber of who you are and that you are valuable to your company, your friends, and your family.

Anthony Robbins (about Anthony Robbins)

A man's mind stretched by a new idea can never go back to its original dimensions.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

Don't let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.

Richard L Evans

The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible - and achieve it, generation after generation.

Pearl S Buck (1892-1973) American writer

Be very thankful you can grow regardless of any physical, mental, emotional or financial situation.

The Daily Guru

I don't like work… but I like what is in work – the chance to find yourself. Your own reality – for yourself, not for others – which no other man can ever know.

Joseph Conrad

A childlike man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle aged habit and convention.

Aldous Huxley

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.

Henry Ford (1863-1947) American entrepreneur

There is nothing noble in being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.

Hindu proverb (see more Hindu proverbs)

It is better to correct your own faults than those of another.

Democritus (460-370 BC) Greek philosopher

I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish artist

Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busy work. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow!

Og Mandino (see works by Og Mandino)

The most consistent characteristic of awakened teachers and people I have met is a childlike nature. They laugh, cry, twinkle, and joke, all with a spontaneity born of freedom. Their faces are fluid and reflect a timeless sweetness, even into old age.

from Passionate Presence, p165, by Catherine Ingram (about Catherine Ingram)

A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

Charles Gordy

To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.

Henri Bergson

Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.

Helen Keller (1880-1968) American writer

The self is not something that one finds. It is something that one creates.

Thomas Szasz (1920-) American psychiatrist

When a man begins to understand himself he begins to live. When he begins to live he begins to understand his fellow men.

Norvin McGranahan

The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live.

Morris Adler (1870-1937) Austrian psychiatrist

Let’s honor our mistakes by allowing them to teach us. Let’s consider our failings to be gifts, and share them humbly with others. Let the cracks in our perfect facades let in light and air so that new life can grow through them.

Molly Gordon

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

George Eliot (1819-1880) English novelist

Everything that happens to you has the potential to deepen you.

from Anam Cara, Spiritual Wisdom from the Celtic World (p26), by John O’Donohue

It’s not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong; not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich; not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned; and not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity.

Francis Bacon

The sages do not consider that making no mistakes is a blessing. They believe, rather, that the great virtue of man lies in his ability to correct his mistakes and continually make a new man of himself.

Wang Yang-Ming (1472-1529) Chinese Philosopher

Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult.

Warren Bennis

Learn and grow all you can; serve and befriend all you can; enrich and inspire all you can.

William Arthur Ward

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