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Change starts with you

Achieving your goals is your choice, no one else can do it for you. So we’ve found some quotes to help you get moving.

It’s your choice: from the ancient world

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. Solomon

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Paul

You harvest what you plant, whether good or bad. Solomon

If you ask, then you will receive. If you search, then you will find. And if you knock, then the door will be opened for you. Jesus

from the Māori world

He kai kei aku ringa. There is food at the end of my hands.

Mauria te pono. Believe in yourself.

from the modern world

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. Carol Burnett

We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers – but never blame yourself. Because it’s never your fault. But it’s always your fault, because if you wanted to change you’re the one who has got to change. Katharine Hepburn

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

Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice. Wayne Dyer

Either you run the day or the day runs you. Jim Rohn

I’ve worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of my goals. I will not let my teammates down and I will not let myself down. Mia Hamm

Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door. Kyle Chandler

If you don’t design your own life plan, then chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. Jim Rohn

If you don’t like how things are, then change it! You’re not a tree. Jim Rohn

You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. Jack London

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Author Info

Rebecca Hawkins

Rebecca is the Communications and IT Manager for Sports Chaplaincy NZ. In her younger days she played cricket and football with great enthusiasm but very little skill. Now she spends a lot of time supporting her four sons in their sport. She especially loves scoring their cricket matches, which she insists on doing the old fashioned way, with pen and paper.

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