Tactics in the game of life

Stephen R. Covey - American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker

Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important. 

Denis Waitley - American motivational speaker, writer and consultant

Motivation is in the direction of the desired result not away from what you don't want.

Roy T. Bennett - Author

Surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams, encourage your ideas, support your ambitions, and bring out the best in you.

Roy T. Bennett - Author

Focus on your goals, not your fear. Focus like a laser beam on your goals.

Henry Ford - American industrialist and business magnate

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.

Aristotle - Greek philosopher

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.

Ernest Holmes - American New Thought writer, teacher, and leader

When you want to do a big thing, get the mental pattern, make it perfect, know just what it means, enlarge your thought, keep it to yourself, pass it over to the creative power behind all things, wait and listen, and when the impression comes, follow it with assurance. Don't talk to anyone about it. Never listen to negative talk or pay attention to it and you will succeed where all others fail.

Darren Hardy - American author, keynote speaker, advisor, and former publisher of SUCCESS magazine

Seek out positive people who have achieved the success you want to create in your own life. Remember the adage: “Never ask advice of someone with whom you wouldn’t want to trade places."

Michelle Gielan - One of the brightest stars in positive psychology and an eloquent champion for rethinking the way we communicate

When someone comes to you to talk about a problem, if you move the conversation on to a discussion of potential solutions, you fuel their creative problem solving abilities on average by 20% - not to mention you make them feel better! You make them smarter and more empowered to tackle challenges.

Russ Harris - Internationally acclaimed acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) trainer and author of the best-selling ACT-based self-help book The Happiness Trap

Stop trying to control how you feel, and instead take control of what you do.

Sun Tzu - Chinese general, military strategist, writer and philosopher who lived in the Eastern Zhou period of ancient China

Therefore, just as water retains no constant shape, so in warfare there are no constant conditions. He who can modify his tactics in relation to his opponent and thereby succeed in winning, may be called a heaven-born captain. 

Sonja Lyubomirsky - American professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside and author of the bestseller The How of Happiness

Find a happy person, and you will find a project.

Atul Gawande - American surgeon, writer, and public health researcher

You may not control life's circumstances, but getting to be the author of your life means getting to control what you do with them.

Atul Gawande - American surgeon, writer, and public health researcher

You may not control life's circumstances, but getting to be the author of your life means getting to control what you do with them.

Tal Ben-Shahar - American and Israeli teacher, and writer in the areas of positive psychology and leadership

Leonardo da Vinci pointed out that "simplicity is the ultimate sophistication".

Trevor Moawad - Renowned Mental Conditioning expert and strategic advisor to some of the world's most elite performers

What am I saying to myself?
What am I saying to my teammates?
What language am I using?
How am I impacting myself?
How am I impacting others?
How am I being my best self every time I step on the field?
It’s critical to have a fundamental mental plan.

Brad Stulberg - Internationally known expert on human performance, well-being, and sustainable success

Stress + rest = growth. This equation holds true regardless of what it is that you are trying to grow.

Russell Simmons - American entrepreneur, record executive, writer, and film producer

When you embrace the process of your work, instead of focusing on the results, you’ll always be happier, plus do a much better job.

Steve Chandler - Author of 30 books that have been translated into over 25 languages. His personal success coaching, public speaking and business consulting have been used by CEOs, top professionals, major universities, and over 30 Fortune 500 companies.

Whatever goal you want to reach, you can reach it 10 times faster if you are happy.

Vernon Linwood Howard - American spiritual teacher, author, and philosopher

A clear understanding of negative emotions dismisses them.

John Wooden - American basketball player and coach

It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.

Elizabeth Helen Blackburn - Australian-American Nobel laureate who is the former President of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Negative thoughts are like microtoxins—relatively harmless when your exposure is low, but in high quantities they are poisonous to your mind.

Gregg Krech - Executive Director of the ToDo Institute, a Naikan education and retreat center near Middlebury, Vermont

I’ve never heard of anyone on their deathbed saying, “I wish I would have spent more time watching TV or reading Facebook posts."

Travis Macy - Speaker, author, coach, and professional endurance athlete

When you feel bad, try to hold on. When you feel good, it's time to push.

Sam Harris - American author, philosopher, neuroscientist, and podcast host. His work touches on a wide range of topics, including rationality, religion, ethics, free will, neuroscience, meditation, psychedelics, philosophy of mind, politics, terrorism, and artificial intelligence

My mind begins to seem like a video game: I can either play it intelligently, learning more in each round, or I can be killed in the same spot by the same monster, again and again.

Raymond Charles Barker - Leader and author in the New Thought spiritual movement and, specifically, in Religious Science

Fixing your attention on a positive goal causes Life to back you up with all its processes and you realize that the universe is for you and never against you.

Brian Tracy - Canadian-American motivational public speaker and self-development author. He is the author of over eighty books that have been translated into dozens of languages. His popular books are Earn What You're Really Worth, Eat That Frog!, No Excuses!

One of the very worst uses of time is to do something very well that need not to be done at all.

Robert B. Cialdini - Regents' Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Marketing at Arizona State University and was a visiting professor of marketing, business and psychology at Stanford University, as well as at the University of California at Santa Cruz leader vision

There is a natural human tendency to dislike a person who brings us unpleasant information, even when that person did not cause the bad news. The simple association with it is enough to stimulate our dislike.

Austin Kleon - New York Times bestselling author of five books: Steal Like an Artist; Show Your Work!; Keep Going; Steal Like An Artist Journal; and Newspaper Blackout. Kleon's works focus on creativity in today's world

If you ever find that you're the most talented person in the room, you need to find another room.

Jason Selk - One of the premier performance coaches in the United States, with dozens of professional athletes and Fortune 500 executives as his clients

Within 60 seconds, replace all problem-focused thought with solution-focused thinking.

Gary Keller - American entrepreneur and best-selling author. He is the founder of Keller Williams, which is the largest real estate company in the world by agent count, closed sales volume, and units sold

Make sure every day you do what matters most. When you know what matters most, everything makes sense. When you don’t know what matters most, anything makes sense.

Lanny Bassham - American sports shooter who won a gold medal in the 1976 Summer Olympics, and a silver medal in the 1972 Summer Olympics

Be careful who you listen to. Do not spend time listening to the problems of others, or you will soon inherit their problems.

Thich Nhat Hanh - Vietnamese Thiền Buddhist monk, peace activist, and founder of the Plum Village Tradition, historically recognized as the main inspiration for engaged Buddhism

Consciously choosing what and who you surround yourself with is among the keys to finding more space for joy.

Thich Nhat Hanh - Vietnamese Thiền Buddhist monk, peace activist, and founder of the Plum Village Tradition, historically recognized as the main inspiration for engaged Buddhism

When we surround ourselves with people who are committed to understanding and loving, we’re nourished by their presence and our own seeds of understanding and love are watered. When we surround ourselves with people who gossip, complain, and are constantly critical, we absorb these toxins.

Daniel J. Siegel - Clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and executive director of the Mindsight Institute

One of the key practical lessons of modern neuroscience is that the power to direct our attention has within it the power to shape our brain’s firing patterns, as well as the power to shape the architecture of the brain itself.

Adam Alter - Marketing author who also teaches at New York University Stern School of Business. He is a New York Times-Best Seller

Addiction originally meant a different kind of strong connection: in ancient Rome, being addicted meant you had just been sentenced to slavery.

Jim Rohn - American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker

If you’re around people who spend all they make, chances are excellent that you’ll spend all you make.

Troy Bassham - Accomplished competitor winning 12 National Championships, setting 4 national records and is a former World Champion in International Rifle Shooting. He is a Senior Master Instructor and is the Director of Program Development at Mental Management Systems

Focus on the things that you can control and never worry about the things you cannot.

Wallace D. Wattles - American New Thought writer. He remains personally somewhat obscure, but his writing has been widely quoted and remains in print in the New Thought and self-help movements

To fix your attention on the best is to surround yourself with the best, and to become the best.

Alden Mills - American businessman, entrepreneur, author, speaker, and former Navy SEAL

When the world is crumbling around you and you have no idea what to do your best tactic is to stay consistent.