The Best Quotes From Brian Tracy’s “Maximum Achievement: Strategies and Skills That Will Unlock Your Hidden Powers to Succeed.”


From Brian Tracy’s Maximum Achievement: Strategies and Skills That Will Unlock Your Hidden Powers to Succeed.

I learned that if I didn’t commit to achieving my own happiness, no one else would. — P.24

At almost any time, you can measure how well you are doing in your relationships by one simple test: laughter. How much two people, or a family, laugh together is the surest single measure of how well things are going. When a relationship is truly happy, people laugh a lot when they’re together. And when a relationship turns sour, the very first thing that goes is the laughter. — P.27

To be truly happy, you need a clear sense of direction. You need a commitment to something bigger and more important than yourself. You need to feel that your life stands for something, that you are somehow making a valuable contribution to your world. — P.29

You are where you are or ever will be is up to you. You are where you are today because that is where you have chosen to be. You are always free to choose your actions, or inactions, and your life today is the sum total of your choices, good and bad. If you want your future to be different, you have to make better choices. — P.35

Self-discipline, self-mastery, self-control all began with you taking control of your thinking. No person or situation can make you feel anything — it is only the way you think about a situation that makes you feel the way you do. — P.42

The Law of Belief says that whatever you believe, with feeling, becomes reality. The more intensely that you believe something to be true, the more likely it is that it will be true for you. If you really believe something, you cannot imagine it to be otherwise. Your beliefs give you a form of tunnel vision. They edit out or cause you to ignore incoming information that is inconsistent with what you have decided to believe. — P.45

In one study, 90 percent of prisoners interviewed by psychologists reported that they had been told over and over again by their parents when they were growing up that “Someday, you’re going to end up in jail.” — P.51

W. Clement Stone, the multimillionaire, is famous for being an “inverse paranoid.” This is someone who believes that the universe is conspiring to do him good. An inverse paranoid sees every situation as being heaven-sent either to confer some benefit or teach some valuable lesson to help make him successful. This form of inverse paranoia is the foundation of a positive mental attitude. This is the most outwardly identifiable quality of a high-performing man or woman. — P.52

Everything in your life you have attracted to yourself because of the person you are, and especially because of your thoughts. — P.53

The Law of Correspondence is one of the most important laws of all, and is in many ways a summary law that explains many others. It says, “As within, so without.” It says that your outer world is a reflection of your inner world. This law declares that you can tell what is going on inside of you by looking at what is going on around you. — P.55

Exceptional men and women have very clear self-ideals, toward which they are constantly striving. — P.67

Beware the siren song of old habits, of the comfort zone, luring you to stay where you are, holding you back from all the great things that are possible for you. You must consciously and deliberately counter the pull to the comfort zone as you move upward and onward toward ever higher levels of accomplishment. — P.87

You do get what you think about most of the time, and if you continually think in terms of how you can achieve it, and the specific actions you can take to move toward it, you are much more likely to be successful in the end. — P.88

All change is from the inner to the outer. All change begins in the self-concept. You must become the person you want to be on the inside before you see the appearance of this person on the outside. — P.102

If you see yourself now as you wish to be, and you walk, talk, and behave as the very best person you can imagine yourself being, your dominant thoughts and goals will materialize as your reality. You will become what you think about most of the time. — P.107

Your subconscious mind is an unquestioning servant that works day and night to make your behavior fit a pattern consistent with your emotionalized thoughts, hopes, and desires. Your subconscious mind grows either flowers or weeds in the garden of your life, whichever you plant by the mental equivalents you create. — P.113

The Law of Concentration states that whatever you dwell upon, grows. The more you think about something, the more it becomes part of your reality. — P.116

Sir Isaac Newton is generally considered to be the greatest scientist who ever lived. His breakthroughs in mathematics and physics laid the groundwork for the modern age. In his later years, he was asked how it was that he, one man, had managed to make such significant contributions to the world of science. He replied: “By thinking of nothing else.” — P.132

Human beings, you and I, are goal-centered organisms. We are teleological in that we are motivated by purposes, by desired end states. We are engineered mentally to move progressively and successively from one goal to the next, and we are never really happy unless, and until, we are moving toward the accomplishment of something that is important to us. — P.139

(The famous oil billionaire H.L. Hunt) said that in America, you only needed two things to be successful: “First,” he said,” “decide exactly what it is you want. Most people never do that. Second, determine the price you’re going to have to pay to get it, and then resolve to pay that price. — P.141

The Law of Substitution says that you can substitute a positive thought for a negative one. What positive thought do you use to substitute for negative thoughts or experiences? Your goals! Whenever something goes wrong, think about your goals. Whenever you have a bad day, think about your goals. The very thought of a goal, something that you want to accomplish in the future, is inherently positive and uplifting. It is impossible to think about your goals continually without being optimistic and highly motivated. — P.143

A young man once went to Socrates and asked him how he could gain wisdom. Socrates replied by asking the young man to come with him while they walked together into a nearby lake. When the water got to be about four feet deep, Socrates suddenly grabbed the young man and pushed his head under the water. Then he held it there. The young man thought it was a joke at first and did not resist. But as he was held under the water longer and longer, he became frantic. He struggled desperately to get free as his lungs burned for lack of oxygen. Finally, Socrates let him up, coughing and spluttering and gasping for air. Socrates then said, “When you desire wisdom with the same intensity that you desired to breathe, then nothing will stop you from getting it.” It’s the same with your goals. — P.162

The acceptance of complete responsibility, the giving up of all your excuses, is not easy. It’s one of the hardest things you ever attempt. That’s why most people never do it. — P.202

Thomas Szasz, the controversial psychiatrist, says, “There is no such thing as mental illness; there are merely varying degrees of irresponsibility.” — P.204

Act as if the fear did not exist. Pretend. Ask yourself, “If I were totally unafraid in this situation, if I had no fears at all, how would I behave? And then behave that way.” — P.244

First, your personality is healthy to the degree to which you deliberately look for the good in each person and each situation. — P.260

The choice of a mate, and the quality of your home and family life, determines your success as a human being as much as or more than any other factor. — P.285

Benjamin Disraeli, prime minister of England in the nineteenth century, once said, “No success in public life can compensate for failure in the home.” — P.285

Love is like money: If you have an ample supply, you don’t think about it very much. But if your supply is cut off for any period of time, you think about nothing else. — P.289

The second major problem in relationships is trying to change the other person or expecting the other person to change. This is another subtle form of rejection. It is another way of saying, “You are not good enough for me the way you are.” — P.300

Your whole life could be falling apart, but to most other people, what they are going to have for lunch today is more important to them than your problems. — P.306

The antidote to feelings of fear, doubt and low self-esteem is to get out and find someone else you can express love toward. The best cure for unhappiness is to make someone else happy. — P.337

If you practice expressing love, you will have no problem getting love back, and eventually filling your life with it. You control the amount of love you have in your life by how much of it you give away to others. Be generous! — P.337

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