10 Daily Habits to Develop From Oprah
What Would Oprah Do? 10 Oprah Quotes That Will Give You Life
What is there to say about Oprah? She’s wise, she’s genuine, she’s Wonder Woman: she’s everything. We DVR Super Soul Sunday, we've watch her gift cars to thousands, we've cried during her Michelle Obama interview, and we follow her on Twitter. We can’t get enough. Oprah started from pain and hardship, but she persevered to become one of the most admired and influential women in the world. What can we learn from her? So much. Here are 10 quotes from Oprah that will most definitely make you think. Write them down on post-it notes, put them on your bathroom mirror, and remember that "you are the dream." (Ok, 11 quotes).
1. "Turn your wounds into wisdom."
We all suffer and hurt at times. What’s most important is what you do with that pain and suffering. You can always learn from adversity, you just have to commit to locating that lesson, decide to never let that happen again, and transform the new recognition of that pattern into an act of strength.
2. "Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe."
Believing the best of yourself creates the best of yourself. Dream big, know that you can, affirm yourself instead of beating yourself up because you're "not there yet," and reap the rewards of the positive energy you're bathing in!
3. "Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher."
You know those Debbie Downers and Negative Nancys? Good riddance. Even if you felt the need to clean house on your relationships, find those who are positive influences in life. This is the core and the essence of "finding your tribe." When you are engulfed in positivity, you can’t help but become positive yourself. Being a positive light will help make you better in business, an awesome family member, make you more money, and will make you exude success from the inside out.
4.“Devote today to something so daring even you can’t believe you’re doing it.”
You know that comfort zone you're hiding in? Break out of that growth-stunting cave of safety you've been backed into. Most people don't take risks in fear of "rocking the boat" and becoming to visible, successful, wealthy, press-worthy, or attractive. Stop playing it safe. No big news in the world was created by anyone who decided to play their life on the sidelines. Taking risks allows you to go further than you have ever believed possible. It also gives you valuable lessons you can use in the future. Learn to get comfortable being uncomfortable if you want to move the needle.
5. “What I know is, is that if you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.”
When you work for that paycheck, you can become uninspired and unhappy. Is money your only motivation? Does giving up on your dream job worth $45,000 per year and the hope of a future pension? When you do what you love, work doesn’t feel like work. Sure, being able to pay your bills does matter. But how can you figure out how to MATCH the amount you need to survive, AND do the work that truly makes you happy? I promise you, there is a way.
6. "You have to know what sparks the light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world."
It's your job here on the planet to make difference. You can make money, and change the world. You have your own unique power to inspire someone, go far, be the first, break that glass ceiling--so use it. If you do it, others will know they can do it too. Isn't this why we're so obsessed with Oprah in the first place?
7. "The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance--and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning."
Your work will mean nothing if you don’t find it fulfilling and meaningful. When you're feeling overwhelmed, think about your job as an act of service. You may be tired, but is your creativity inspiring someone? Is what you're working for going to make an impact? When you strive solely for monetary gain, you won’t get as far as you would if you strived for love and service instead.
8. “When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.”
Energy is contagious. If you don’t believe in yourself, you are omitting the energy of doubt. People can smell low self confidence from a mile away. When if you just valued yourself? What would happen if you knew how powerful you were? Even if you have to fake it at times, when you think of yourself as important, worthy, and ENOUGH, others will follow suit. Give stepping into your power a try. Remember: all of the greatest thinkers, inventors, and minds who changed the world were all doubted and bullied. Unleash your brilliance. Prepare for fireworks.
9. “Where there is no struggle, there is no strength."
If you never fail, how will you learn? All successful people know that you must fail 1,000 times on your way to success. Every so-called failure will bring you one step closer to figuring out the secret formula to getting it right. Your failures strengthen your ability to move forward. Think of your failures as "research" instead.
10. “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”
Always take the time to praise your accomplishments. When you have your head down working hard, you'll often forget the amazing things and small wins you have achieved along the way. When you take time to recognize and love your journey, you will remember how far you've come. Locate your sense of gratitude, be grateful for the small things you have achieved. Small things add up to big things in the end.
Do you have a favorite Oprah quote that you're inspired by? Share with us in the comments!
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