I am responsible for my life. I accept self-responsibility.


Today, I stand tall and brace my shoulders and with the courage of a hero and the smile of a conqueror and accept the truth that each of us is accountable for our lives, that each of us creates our destiny.

I take responsibility for my choices as well as the consequences of my actions.

Today, I know that I am in charge of my success, my failure, my  happiness, my sorrow, my glow, my gloom, my victory, my defeat, my wealth, my poverty, my peace as well as my restlessness, my health, my dis-ease, my progress, my backwardness, the friends I choose  and the enemies I make, my love, my disgust, my hope, my despair, my courage, my fear, my willingness, my indifference, my balance, my bias, my goals, my aimlessness, my faith, my doubt,  my dreams, my nightmares, my desires, my fulfillment, my liberty, my limitations, my reaction, my response, my freedom and my bondage.

Today, I no longer seek to control or to change the world or a country or the society I live in or my family or my friends. I realize that wisdom lies in accepting that I have control over my life alone.

Today, I turn my excuses into reasons to grow and fault-finding into learning outcomes. I take control of my thoughts and begin to build my life anew.

And each day, I recollect the truth during my working hours, and remember it when I am home and affirm it upon waking and as I go to sleep. In time, the truth shall set me free.

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Responsible persons are mature people who have taken charge of themselves and their conduct, who own their actions and own up to them–who answer for them.–William J. Bennett from The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories 3

The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.–Albert Ellis

God has entrusted me with myself.–Epictetus



I inhale peace and I exhale cheerfulness.

Peace is life, restlessness is death. I know that life is not made up of years but of moments. And what I fill these moments with, I get back as life.

Today, whenever I have time, nay now, this moment, I close my eyes, feel my breath and see it flow in and out at its own pace. With each breath, I inhale peace and I exhale cheerfulness. I am one with peace.

Peace is my greatest treasure and I make time everyday to gather the honey of peace from the honeycomb of meditation. With peace in my thoughts and peace in my heart, I connect to the Universe and discover the source of strength, wisdom and love inside me. I experience the miracle of the moment: Peace.

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Breathing in I calm my body. Breathing out I smile. Dwelling in the present moment, I know this is a wonderful moment – Thich Nhat Hang

As human beings we all want to be happy and free from misery… we have learned that the key to happiness is inner peace. The greatest obstacles to inner peace are disturbing emotions such as anger, attachment, fear and suspicion, while love and compassion and a sense of universal responsibility are the sources of peace and happiness. – Dalai Lama quotes (Head of the Dge-lugs-pa order of Tibetan Buddhists, 1989 Nobel Peace Prize)

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Breathing in, I calm my body. Breathing out, I smile.

नमस्ते, السلام عليكم, 你好, おはよう, γεια σας, hola, hallo, zdravstvuyte, Hi!

Sri Sri Daya Mata, President of Self-Realization Fellowship, puts it beautifully:

‘Visualize strongly the positive changes we want to make in our lives and to see manifest in this world, for out of the power of thought every worthwhile accomplishment is born.

‘The patterns we create in our mind mold our destiny and affect the lives of those around us.

Let us consciously choose to think positive, loving, confidence-inspiring thoughts, that we may tune in with the infinite Source of our being, and draw out the best in ourselves and others.’

धन्यवाद, شكرا لك, 감사합니다, ευχαριστία, danke, thank you…

Komarraju Venkata Vinay
Author, Affirmative Thinking

I can. I will. I can. I will. I can. I will


I can do all things through faith in myself. I can fulfill the dreams I see when I am awake through belief in myself. I can stand unshaken amidst the crash of breaking worlds through trust in myself. I can accomplish the great deeds I desire through conviction in myself.

I can hold in my arms the achievement I aspire, the success I seek, the happiness I pursue, the love I cherish, the warmth I yearn, the riches I want, the potential I possess, the courage I long for, the satisfaction I hope for, the meaning and purpose of life I search for, only through confidence in myself.

I know that gaining self-confidence is not one-tenth as difficult as I imagine. It is not a gift given to a chosen few. Aha! I feel its presence as I acknowledge and affirm the truth:  I am nature’s greatest creation; I am unique in all the world; Infinite power is within me. And from now on, in every situation, I will stand tall on the rock of this affirmation.

When I am called to speak in public, I chant ‘I can, I will’ and step forward. When I am faced with a financial crisis, I shout ‘I can, I will’ and look for possibilities. When I am assigned a task that appears to be too big to handle or too difficult to accomplish, I remind myself ‘I can, I will’ and I set to work. When I am stuck in an emotional quicksand, I silently hum ‘I can, I will’ and look for ways to pull myself out.

In waking, eating, working, loving, sleeping, dreaming, I constantly affirm unheard by any, ‘I can, I will’. And armed with the magic wand of self-confidence, I cast the spell ‘I can, I will’ on the Voldemort of fear and transform every can’t into a can and every won’t into a will.

I am thrilled for I now know that self-confidence is something I can never lose, because self-confidence is something I can always choose by affirming ‘I can, I will’.

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Until you start believing in yourself, you ain’t gonna have a life! – Rocky Balboa

A true man is not afraid to show himself, his inner self.  He relies on who he is rather than what he is.– Gideon

If you had an ounce of self-esteem, of self-worth, of self-confidence, you would realize that as trite as it may sound, beauty is truly skin-deep.- Beautiful Girls

I think one day you’ll find that you’re the hero you’ve been looking for. – An American Tail: Fievel Goes West

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Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful. Mark Victor Hansen

Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself. – Robert Collier

One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. – Arthur Ashe

Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful. – Mark Victor Hansen

The wealth of earth and universe belongs to me.


All wealth is in my mind. I am poor when so I think. I am rich when so I think. Therefore, I watch my thoughts and nurture my prosperity consciousness. I smile and acknowledge every thought of wealth that passes my mind. I hold it and affirm it with love and joy.

I watch my words and chose only expressions of abundance. My vocabulary becomes rich with phrases of bounty: I talk of affluence; I enjoy ampleness; there is copiousness; I make a fortune; the world is opulent; I open my arms to plenitude; there is plenty for all; I can afford the universe; I treasure the compliments; I love money.

I watch my actions. I bless everything I spend and appreciate all I receive. I recognize prosperity everywhere and rejoice in it. I give happily, knowing that I have access to the cosmic bank.

I watch my habits and replace habits of lack with those of plenty. I focus on the dish and not on the price in the menu as I make my choice. If I am stingy, I willingly give more; if I avoid shopping in a grand store, I walk into it and enjoy the opulence and tell myself, ‘that’s for me’.

Thus, I form the character that lives the truth that the abundance of the universe is available for everyone. And my destiny of wealth unfolds.

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Man comes into the world financed by God, with all that he desires or requires already on his pathway. The supply is released through faith and the spoken word. – Game of Life and How to Play it by Florence Scovel Shinn

The only reason any person does not have enough money is because they are blocking money from  coming to them with their thoughts…think more thoughts of abundance than of lack and you have tipped the balance. – Rhonda Byrne, The Secret

The spiritual substance from which comes all visible wealth is never depleted. It is right with you all the time and responds to your faith in it and your demands on it. – Charles Fillmore

When it comes to creating wealth, wealth is a mindset. It’s all about how you think.- David Schirmer

The good news is that the moment you decide that what you know is more important then what you have been taught to believe, you will have shifted gears in your quest for abundance. Success comes from within, not without. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Jack Canfield, the co-creator of the ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ book series,  talks about how he didn’t start making lots of money until he changed his peer group. According to Canfield, if you take the average income of your ten closest friends and/or colleagues, you can accurately predict what your earnings will be. [Source: LuxuryClues.com]

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I can change; I have the will to change; I will change.

Habits in the BrainI am today the result of my habits. My destiny starts with my thoughts and is crafted by habits. My tendencies, moods and desires are born out of my habits. So are hopelessness, despair, failure, anger, fear and worry. And so is excellence.

I watch my thoughts carefully for they are the seeds of habits. And I know that each thought-habit is a mental magnet: Prosperity thought-habits attract wealth; poverty thought-habits draw scarcity.

I perform all actions using right judgment and choice of will and not by the force of habits. I replace wrong habits with right ones and water them with good thoughts and actions.  With tremendous commitment, I keep at it until the positive habit is deeply rooted in my mind.

I take time to consciously sow right habits and weed out wrong habits. And in time, I reap a rewarding destiny!

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Your brain carves patterns and searches for them endlessly – Thomas B. Czerner

The brain is constantly trying to automate processes, thereby dispelling them from consciousness; in this way, its work will be completed faster, more effectively and at a lower metabolic level. Consciousness, on the other hand, is slow, subject to error and expensive – Gerhard Roth

Today’s revolutionary advances in neuroscience will rival the discoveries of Copernicus, Galileo and Darwin – Paul Churchland

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit – Aristotle

Habits of thought are mental magnets that attract specific things relative to their kind and quality. Material habits will always bring material results, and spiritual habits attract spiritual results. – Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda

Habits can be learned and unlearned. But I also know it isn’t a quick fix. It involves a process and a tremendous commitment. Habits have tremendous gravity-pull and breaking deeply imbedded habitual tendencies involves more than a little willpower and few minor changes in our lives. – Stephen R.Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. We cannot open the gate of another, either by argument or by emotional appeal. – Marilyn Ferguson

Sow a thought, and you reap an act; Sow an act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit, and you reap a character; Sow a character, and you reap a destiny – Charles Reade

I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.
I am completely at your command.

Half of the things you do you might as well
Turn over to me and I will do them – quickly and correctly.

I am easily managed – you must be firm with me.
Show me exactly how you want something done
and after a few lessons, I will do it automatically.

I am the servant of great people,
And the regret of all failures as well.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.

I am not a machine but I work with all its precision
Plus the intelligence of a person.

You may run me for profit or you may run me for ruin –
It makes no difference to me.

Take me, train me, be firm with me, and
I will place the world at your feet.
Be easy with me and I will destroy you.

Who am I? I am Habit.

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Today is the best day of my life.

The_Perfect_DayThe perfect day is today, not tomorrow or yesterday.

As I open my eyes to today, I quietly close them again and surcharge myself by breathing deeply a few times, relishing each breath fully. My first thoughts I choose carefully for they set the tone and tenor of the day. I begin with affirmations of gratitude and joy for the key to the perfect day is within me.

I thank the ‘power’ for granting me another sunrise, while millions will watch it no more; for the throbbing heart, while a million others will beat no more. My first thoughts will affirm and rejoice in celebration of being alive. And I get out of bed feeling within me positive emotions of peace, or love or joy or confidence or security.

I gift hugs to my family and each hug bonds us stronger. By giving love, I receive happiness that will surround me during the day, enfold me while I work, protect me as I take risks and watch over me on my return home.

Carrying the portable paradise within, I walk into the day. I move forward calmly active and actively calm, knowing that I am in the right place at the right time doing the right thing and am guided from within.

As I drive to work, every other vehicle is an opportunity to perfect my day, to practice peace and love. I bless each one of them. At traffic lights, as I wait, I affirm loving thoughts reminding myself of the wisdom, power and beauty that lie within me.

I meet everybody and every circumstance with the courage of a hero and the smile of a conqueror. I fill a few seconds at different times of the day with the magic potion of positive self-talk.

I work briskly, quickly, speedily, swiftly, promptly but never hurriedly or hastily. I bless everyone who comes into my day with a simple ‘I bless you’ for who can resist love and goodwill.

As I retire at the end of the day, I recall what I did or did not do or should have done. I introspect objectively, for self-analysis is the key to self-improvement. The positives I reinforce, the negatives I correct.

And how shall I know I lived a perfect day? I shall measure it on the motto: Be Better. If I am better at the end of the day – a little or a lot- I know I have lived a perfect day.

Thus shall I perfect my day and others will soon say, “What a wonderful change has come over him!”

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This day I will make the best day of my life. This day I will drink every minute to its full. I will savor its taste and give thanks. I will maketh every hour count and each minute I will trade only for something of value. I will labor harder than ever before and push my muscles until they cry for relief, and then I will continue. I will make more calls than ever before. I will sell more goods than ever before. I will earn more gold than ever before. Each minute of today will be more fruitful than hours of yesterday. I will live this day as if it is my last. And if it is not, I shall fall to my knees and give thanks.- Og Mandino, Scroll VI, The Greatest Salesman in the World