Shad Helmstetter Quotes

Who is Shad Helmstetter?

Dr. Shad Helmstetter, Ph.D is a personal growth author best known for his books 'What to Say When You Talk to Yourself' and 'The Power of Neuroplasticity'.

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Best 91 Quotes by Shad Helmstetter | Page 1 of 4

“A lot of people have lived richer lives because someone who cared took the time to listen.”

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“All too often, the words we have said to ourselves when things went wrong contributed to the problem – instead of making it better or helping us solve it.”

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“As long as you and I allow others to program us in a way that fits their choosing, we are, without a doubt, out of control, captive to the whims of some unknown destiny, not quite recognizing that what hangs in the balance is the fulfillment of our own futures.”

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“Belief does not require something to be true. It only requires us to believe that it’s true! That’s powerful stuff! That means most of what reality is, to each of us, is based on what we have come to believe – whether it’s true or not!”

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“Choosing to live your life by your own choice is the greatest freedom you will ever have.”

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“How about being your own motivator? How about taking charge and putting yourself back in control? You can, just by learning that all true motivation – the only kind that lasts, the only kind you can count on – is internal motivation.”

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“How we 'feel' – tired or energetic, listless or enthusiastic – is mental and chemical; it is physiological.”

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“I am in control of myself in every way—at all times and in all situations. Each time I sit down to eat, I reaffirm my determination to achieve my goal.”

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“I can do anything I believe I can do! I’ve got it, and every day I get more of it. I have talent, skills, and ability. I set goals and I reach them. I know what I want out of life. I go after it and I get it.”

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“I do not agree with those who tell us that all problems are "opportunities." Some problems represent potential opportunities, but not all of them. If a man with a gun in his hand were to walk in at this moment and point the gun at your head, that is not an opportunity – that is a problem!”

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“I never blame anyone else for the circumstances of my life. I accept my failings and move past them as easily as I accept the rewards for my victories.”

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“I never demand perfection of myself, but I expect the very best of what I have to give—and that’s what I get! I never give myself excuses. I get things done on time and in the right way.”

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“If everything you tell yourself about yourself becomes a directive to your subconscious mind, then anytime you make a statement about yourself that is negative you are directing your subconscious mind to make you become the person you just described – negatively!”

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“It is your programming that has created your choices in the past. It is the choices you make today that are creating the programs of your future.”

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“Leading behavioral researchers have told us that as much as seventy-seven percent of everything we think is negative, counterproductive, and works against us. At the same time, medical researchers have said that as much as seventy-five percent of all illnesses are self-induced. It’s no wonder.”

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“Learning to manage, control, and direct the resources of your mind is the greatest challenge you will ever face.”

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“Mastering one’s future must surely start with managing one’s 'self'. And if we could accomplish that, we could manage and master at least a part of what we call 'life'.”

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“Some people choose to live by complaining. Other people choose to live.”

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“The human brain will do anything possible you tell it to do, if you tell it often enough and strongly enough!”

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“There may be a thousand little choices in a day. All of them count.”

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“We are most comfortable with the thoughts we have lived with the most. It makes no difference if those thoughts aren’t the best for us – it’s what we know, it’s what we are most secure in keeping at our side.”

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“We are trying to force the brain to do something that it has not been programmed to do. The brain simply believes what you tell it the most. And what you tell it about you it will create. It has no choice.”

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“We can change friends, spouses, jobs, or locations, and we still take the same inner selves along with us – the same internal identities which made us unhappy, helped us, or got us into trouble in the first place. If we take the old images of ourselves with us wherever we go and into what ever we do, how could we expect to do better the next time we try?”

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“What we become a part of becomes a part of us.”

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“Whatever you put into your mind – in one way or another – is what you will get back out – in one way or another.”

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“You are everything that is, your thoughts, your life, your dreams come true. You are everything you choose to be. You are as unlimited as the endless universe.”

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“You can be a graduate student of management and never attain the essential skills of managing others if you do not first master the management of yourself… The second essential ingredient of being a good manager is knowing how to develop the qualities and skills of others.”

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“You may think that in life, a lot of things happen to you along the way. The truth is, in life, you happen to a lot of things along the way.”

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“Your subconscious mind is an incredibly powerful, goal-achieving mechanism. Programmed strongly enough, it will do anything necessary to help you achieve your goals. Unless you tell it what to do, it doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong.”

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“Deep inside the workings of the human brain, there is no actual ‘truth.’ The part of the brain that stores all of the messages you have received, accepts what it is told most often. It then plays back to you the strongest messages it has received. And it plays those messages back to you as ‘truth’ or ‘fact’, whether the messages are actually true or not.”

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“Our self-image and our habits tend to go together. Change one and you will automatically change the other.”

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