Hal's Quotes

Quotes Have Changed My Life

Hal here. I don’t know if this is true for you (yet), but I have countless quotes from other people that are embedded in my subconscious, and that continuously help guide my thinking and direct my behavior. 

For example, Zig Ziglar once said, “You can have everything you want in life by helping enough other people get what they want,” and those words have guided my purpose in life, ever since. 

Yoda told Luke, “There is no try; only do.” Those six words have inspired millions of people to follow through and go beyond merely trying in order to achieve our goals.  

Are you with me in believing that a single idea can change the way we think, the way we feel, and the way we live? Thought-provoking quotes are one of my favorite means of encapsulating powerful, life-changing ideas. So, one of my passions is to create & share quotes that can inspire, empower, and challenge YOU to expand your perspective.

Here are some of my favorite and most popular quotes, many of which you can copy and paste to share on Facebook and Twitter, set them as your computer desktop, put them on a T-shirt, have them tattooed on your lower back, or whatever floats your boat… :^) 
With love & gratitude,
– Hal

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LOVE the Life You Have
Give Up Being Perfect
Let Today Be The Day
The Moment You Take Responsibility

Hal’s Top “Tweetable” Quotes

“It’s temporary. Tolerate it, accept it, embrace it, or enjoy it. Whatever it is, just know that it is temporary.”

“When it comes to following through with your commitments, you don’t have to be perfect, but NEVER let one missed day turn into two.”

“Every day you can either be ‘stressed out’ or you can be ‘blissed out’ depending on what you choose to focus on.”

“Think Differently”

“Establishing and maintaining clarity for yourself and what you want is the starting point for success. Thus, maintaining extraordinary clarity is necessary to achieve extraordinary success. The problem is that most people maintain a mediocre level of clarity, which inevitably leads to a mediocre level of success. #DontBeLikeMostPeople

“Any time you find yourself “wishing” you were further along than you are, or comparing where you are with where someone else is, keep in mind that when you finally get to point you’ve been working towards for so long, you never wish it would have happened any sooner. Instead, you see that the journey and the timing are perfect. So be at peace with where you are while maintaining a healthy sense of urgency to make the consistent progress each day that will ensure you get to wherever it is that you want to go. #EnjoyYourJourney

“Know that wherever you are in your life right now is both temporary, and exactly where you are supposed to be (otherwise you would be somewhere else). Be at peace with where you are while taking your next step toward where you want to be.”

“People who complain often say things like, ‘I’m not being negative, I’m just being realistic.’ Really? How is it anymore ‘realistic’ to focus on and talk about things that discourage us and make us feel bad, than to focus on and talk about the POSITIVE aspects of life that make us feel GOOD? Both area equally REALISTIC, but which you choose to dwell on has a very different impact on the quality of YOUR life.” :^)

“The moment you accept 100% responsibility for EVERY aspect of your life is the moment that you claim the power to change ANY aspect of your life. I think where people get caught up with this is when someone else is to blame for a situation. But understand that accepting responsibility is NOT the same as accepting blame. While blame determines who is at fault for something, responsibility determines who is committed to improving a situation. It really doesn’t matter who was at fault; all that matters is that YOU are committed to improving and creating the circumstances you want for your life, regardless of who is at fault. That’s what taking responsibility is all about.”

“Although actions speak louder than words, I believe it is our intentions that reveal our soul. Refrain from judging others based solely on their words and actions, and seek to know their deepest intentions so that you can know who they truly aspire to be, and support them in becoming the best version of themselves.”

“Remember that nearly all extraordinary accomplishments began by overcoming a series of challenges that discourage and tempt us to quit, before we succeed. Those that maintain faith, stay committed, follow through and keep moving forward are the few that achieve everything they want in life. Be one of the few.”

“When you value your integrity at the highest level, living alignment with your word and following through with your commitments no matter what, there are no limits to what you can create for your life. However, when you make excuses, justify doing what easiest, and choose the path of least resistance, you will live a life of mediocrity, frustration and regret. Live with integrity as if your life depended on it, because it does.”

“Those who only do what they feel like, don’t do much. To be successful at anything you must take action even when you don’t feel like it, knowing it is the action itself that will produce the motivation you need to follow through.”

“Your entire life begins to change the day that you decide you will no longer accept mediocrity for yourself. When you decide that TODAY is the most important day of your life, and that NOW matters more than any other time, because it is who you’re becoming in every moment, based on the choices you’re making and the actions you’re taking, that is determining who and where you are going to be for the rest of your life.”

“Remember that you are always exactly where you need to be, experiencing what you need to experience so that you can learn what you must learn in order to become the person you need to be to create everything you want for your life. Always.”

“The one thing we can count on is that time will pass; day will become night, and the sunrise will bring with it a new tomorrow. What you are doing with these precious moments TODAY is creating your tomorrow. How you spend today is the greatest measure of who you are becoming, and the life you will be living. My question to you is: what will YOU do today to become the person you need to be to create the extraordinary life you deserve?”

“Problems tend to be put into their proper perspective the moment we get off SELF, and on PURPOSE. By choosing your purpose in life – a purpose that serves the greater good – and devoting the majority of your time, energy, and attention everyday toward living it, you discover the secret to a life of fulfillment.”

“One of the most important areas of self-awareness is for us to realize that we either live our lives guided primarily by our emotions (being reactive) or by our intelligence (being proactive). When you live by emotions, you buy things you don’t need, eat things that aren’t good for you, and ultimately make choices and take actions to gain short term pleasure while sacrificing long term happiness, health, and fulfillment. From now on, for every choice you make or action you take, first ask yourself, “Will this add value to my life, or am I just acting out of emotion?” Then proceed to make “added-value” choices. #LiveIntelligently”

“If you don’t make the commitment today to start becoming the person you need to be to create the extraordinary life you really want, what makes you think that tomorrow – or next week, or next month, or next year – is going to be any different? They won’t. And that’s why you must draw your line in the sand TODAY.”

“Dear Procrastinator: Taking action in and of itself is not difficult, but is in fact satisfying and is usually followed by a sense of pride & accomplishment. However, it is THINKING about the action that you should be taking and NOT taking it that’s difficult, as it leaves you feeling guilty and unsatisfied. THE SOLUTION: Stop thinking and take action NOW.”

“Why is it that when a baby is born, we often refer to him or her as ‘the miracle of life’ but then we accept mediocrity for our own lives? Where along the way did we lose sight of the miracle that WE are?”

“Let’s be careful not to mistake our “life situation” with our LIFE. Consider that our life situation is simply our current, TEMPORARY set of circumstances, but it is not WHO YOU ARE. Your LIFE is what really matters, as it is the being that is YOU. Extraordinary… Worthy… Capable… Limitless… YOU. Your LIFE is all that you are, and the unlimited potential that represents the essence of all that you can choose to become. No matter what your life situation, you can choose to focus NOW on appreciating and expanding the extraordinary abundance that is your LIFE.”
“Most people suffer from the self limiting dysfunction ‘rear-view mirror syndrome’ – driving through life with their subconscious mind constantly looking in their own self-limiting rear-view mirror. They filter every choice they make through the limitations of their past experiences. Always remember that your potential is TRULY unlimited, and that you are just as worthy, deserving, and capable of achieving everything you want as any other person on earth.” 
“No matter what you want to accomplish or overcome, there is ALWAYS a way… when you’re committed. If you’re not committed, nothing and no one can help you. If you are committed, nothing and no one can stop you.”


  1. “Unfortunately the people who would probably do the most GOOD with a large sum of money are often the same people who have the biggest hang ups about making large sums of money. You must embrace that YOU deserve to be as wealthy as you choose to be, and the more money you have, the more you can use it to help others — those you love and those in need (which I realize might be the same people!) 

    I would go as far as to say (at the risk of offending some people) that it is our responsibility to do everything in our power to build significant wealth so that we can not only take care of ourselves, but so we can support those we love as well as help those in need.

    This starts with actively embracing that YOU are just as deserving of extraordinary happiness, health, wealth and success as any other person on this planet. You must know that in your heart, believe it, affirm it everyday and then take the necessary actions TODAY (well, it’s Saturday – maybe you’ll take them on Monday ) to create the extraordinary life you deserve to live, including the wealth that will give you the freedom to do what you want, and the ability to help others to do the same.”

  2. “Everyone wants to be financially secure, the problem is most people focus on getting by when they need to be focused on getting rich.”


“Consider that our level of success and fulfillment will always be determined by how much value we add to the lives of others.I don’t think anyone said it better than Zig Ziglar: ‘You can have everything you want in life if you help enough people get what they want.’True leaders don’t focus on getting more; they focus on giving more. Whether a parent, teacher, entrepreneur, or CEO – leadership is about focusing on how you can add more value by helping others to achieve their personal & professional objectives.The more people you help, the more influence, income, and opportunities you will attract, and the more successful you will become.

[*Action Plan*] Put time in your schedule each week to brainstorm and strategize ways that you can help your clients, prospects, friends, family and colleagues to achieve their personal & professional objectives.


“Don’t let the pain of your past limit the potential of your future.”

“If there were no limits to what you could be, do, and have (there aren’t) and if you were to no longer settle for less than you truly want (you shouldn’t), what would you create for your life?”

 “YOU are destined to accomplish great things – things bigger and better than you have yet to even imagine. You are intelligent, capable, and YOU are just as deserving of extraordinary success as any other person.

“The possibility of mediocrity exists for all of us, because being mediocre simply means choosing to remain the same as we’ve already been. Whereas becoming successful is a result of choosing to continuously learn, grow, and be better than you’ve ever been before.”

“Any reasoning we use to justify engaging in any behavior which is unhealthy for us (physically, mentally, emotionally, financially, etc.) is the definition of a ‘Mediocre Mindset.’ Remain aware of your tendency to do this, and use that awareness to make healthier, more proactive choices.”

“Affirm to yourself every single day day: ‘I am just as deserving, worthy, and capable of achieving the highest levels of success as any other person on earth,’ then prove it with your actions.”

“If you want to change your life and experience levels of personal and professional success beyond what you’ve ever experienced before, you must be committed at a level you’ve never been committed before.”

“Unsuccessful people use bad days as an excuse to create more of the same, while successful people learn from their mistakes and rarely let one bad day turn into two.”


“To rebel against the activities you know you should be doing is to rebel against having the extraordinary life you deserve to be living. Stop rebelling, and start producing.”

“Pursue your goals fearlessly, because the REAL purpose of a goal is not to hit it, but to GROW by giving it EVERYTHING you’ve got until the last possible moment, regardless of the results. Only the growth lasts forever.”

“The purpose of setting and committing to your goals is not to hit them as much as it is to develop your character through the unwavering pursuit of your goal. It is who you become that matters.”

“The life of your dreams is real and available to you, but it’s waiting for you to take action and claim it. What are you waiting for?”


“Even when life is difficult or challenging—especially when life is difficult and challenging—the present is always an opportunity for us to learn, grow, and become better than you’ve ever been before.”


“If you can’t learn to be happy now, with the life you’ve got, what makes you think you’ll understand how to be happy with the life you think you want?”

“Always focus on adding more value to the lives of others (friends, family, clients, co-workers, etc.) because the more value you add, the more invaluable you become.”

“The busier we are, the most important it is to give EQUAL importance and protection to both our “professional” time AND “personal” time with our loved ones.”


“YOU are just as deserving of extraordinary happiness, health, wealth and success as any other person on this planet. Believe that, know it in your heart, and take the necessary actions TODAY to start creating the extraordinary life you deserve to live.”


“Experience G.R.A.T.I.T.U.D.E. at a deeper level…
ive it…
eceive it…
ffirm it…
hink it…
nspire it in others…
alk about it…
nderstand it…
Dream it…
xperience it in everything you do…

“Be grateful for your challenges, setbacks, adversity and disappointments. Be grateful for your opportunity to overcome every single one, because doing so contributes to your growth & your ability to help others overcome theirs.”

“Consider that worrying excessively about another person, especially a loved one, is a destructive act. It causes you emotional distress which prevents you from being at your best and contributing at the levels you’re capable of. Instead of worrying, focus on accepting what is out of your control, and actively changing all that you can.”

“The #2 cause of mediocrity and unfulfilled potential is that ‘most people’ never dedicate time each day to learning, growing, and developing themselves into who they need to create the life they want. DON’T BE LIKE ‘MOST PEOPLE.’”

“My #1 guiding principle for a successful life (learned from J Brad Britton): “Do the right thing; not the easy thing.” Everyday, you are constantly faced with choices to do either the right thing (any activity that moves you closer to where and who you want to be) or the easy thing (anything else). In every moment of choice, choose to do the right thing over the easy thing, and your becoming successful is inevitable.”

“As a leader, parent, or friend – don’t let someone’s poor attitude and poor performance hinder your commitment to holding them to higher standards. You don’t need to make the person ‘wrong’ for the way they’re behaving, simply point out that the behavior is ineffective.”

“You must allow yourself to start thinking BIGGER and acting BOLDER with regards to what’s possible for you. Seriously. Don’t wait. Start now.”

“Attempting to do anything you haven’t done before is always uncomfortable, and usually scary, but it is ALWAYS worth it. Fear disappears in the midst of action, and a better version of yourself awaits you on the other side of your fear. Feel the fear, and do it anyway…”

“Through the good times and bad, the quality of your relationships will ultimately determine the quality of your life. So be grateful for your loved ones and focus on adding as much value to their lives as you possibly can.”

“Until you’re willing to accept what already is – the things of your past that you can’t change – there’s no space for you to create what you want. Acceptance is the key to unlocking the door to true peace, happiness, and freedom. ”

“L.I.F.E. = Living Inspired & Fulfilled Everyday.”

“Your level of success, in every area of your life, will always parallel your level of personal development. If you want Level 10 success in any area of your life, you must first develop yourself to be a Level 10 person in that area.”

“To love your family, love your work, live your purpose and be unconditionally grateful for every moment of your life… is to succeed at the highest level (in my opinion).”

“Most extraordinary success includes first having to overcome extraordinary adversity. See your challenges as opportunities to become better.”

“When in doubt, always choose love & gratitude.”

“Sure, we all have problems and we all have our mess, and what happens tomorrow is anyone’s guess, but there’s no need and no benefit to let yourself stress, because for one and for all… life is blessed!”

“I don’t claim to be an expert on this, but I think ADD and creativity may be the same thing; it’s just that they can’t sell you drugs for being creative. Seriously, the world needs people whose minds constantly wander, because that’s how great ideas are stumbled upon.”

“Don’t ‘just do it.’ First, plan it, then do it.”

“Let today be THE day.”

“Never underestimate the power of gaining a new perspective by simply changing your immediate environment. Going for a walk, reading a book, or talking to a friend can provide you with life-changing insights that you not otherwise attain while remaining stagnant.”


“All too often we worry too much about what others think of us, but the reality is that all people really care about how you make THEM feel. Focus on building people up and making them feel good, and everyone will love you.

“The more value you add to the lives of others, the more valuable you become to them.”

“There is no day better than today for you to do the thing(s) you’ve been putting off. Take NEW action; it’s the only way to change your life.”

“Happiness is a choice. Focus your energy and attention on the things that make you happy, and accept everything else as it is.”


“Wake up early everyday so that while others are still dreaming, you can make your dreams come true.”

“There is too much life to be lived for you to hit the snooze button. In fact, I believe it is ‘seize the day’, not ‘snooze the day!’”

“How we start our day determines how we create our life. Are you snoozing through your morning… snoozing through your life… and snoozing through your unlimited potential… Or are YOU committed to waking up each day with passion, purpose, and a plan so you can create the life you truly want & deserve?”

“I find that most of wake up day, not because we genuinely ‘want’ to, but because we have to. We have to be somewhere, do something, answer to or take care of someone. But when you shift your intention and create a genuine desire – event enthusiasm – for waking up in the morning, your entire life changes.”

“Every time we push personal development aside, we invite personal struggle into our lives.”

“Say it over and over until you believe it, and only then shall you become it.”

“When it comes to achieving your dreams, the excuse “I don’t know where to start” is no longer valid. Between the countless self-help books available on Amazon.com and the limitless supply of free articles found through Google, everything you need is just a click away. It’s time you go figure it out!”

“Anything you want for your life, if someone else has done, become, or achieved it, use that as evidence that so can you.”

“Your problems are put into perspective as soon as we stop worrying about our SELF, and start focusing on our PURPOSE. Begin to clarify your purpose in life – a purpose that adds value to the lives of others – and align the majority of your time, energy, and actions everyday toward living it. This is the path that will lead you to the next level, to a life of abundance and fulfillment.”

“The less you ‘think’ you know, the greater your ability to learn and grow.”

“If you want more energy, put yourself in situations where energy is required. Your body will naturally respond and always produce the energy you need, but not if you’re just sitting around complaining about not having enough energy.”

“Make sure to answer these (3) empowering questions everyday (preferably in writing): Q1-What am I grateful for? Q2-What am I proud of? Q3-What results am I committed to creating today? –> Start now!”

“The A-B-C’s of Living Life’s Purpose: A=Accept all things you can’t change. B=Be Grateful for all that you have. C=Constantly create progress towards to your goals & dreams.”

“By accepting life before it happens, and letting go of your inner resistance to all things you cannot change, you unlock true emotional freedom from all of your self-imposed emotional pain.”

“Most of us are so busy trying to manage, maintain, or even just survive our life situation, that we don’t make time to focus on what’s most important — our LIFE.”

“Forever be happy, never be content, and always know the difference.”

“Every time you help someone else, not only are you helping that person, but you are helping every person they touch, AND you are helping yourself – because we are all ONE.”

Know that TODAY, and each and everyday literally becomes the BEST day of your life, when YOU choose to see that it is. It doesn’t matter what’s going on around you, it only matters what’s going on inside of you.

“It is often said that everything happens for a reason, but you must embrace the perspective that it’s never a reason that is predetermined or out of your control. It is always your responsibility to choose the most empowering reasons for the occurrences of your life.”

“There is a big difference between just learning something, and actually LIVING what you learn.”

“THE MIRACLE EQUATION: Unwavering Faith + Extraordinary Effort = Miracles. When you maintain unwavering faith in your dreams and give extraordinary effort toward your goals, that is how you create miracles in your life.”


“No extraordinary result ever came from mediocre effort.”

“Personal growth is about progress, not perfection.”

“I believe that their is a duality to the purpose of our life, and it is LOVE and CREATION. To LOVE the life we have – authentically and unconditionally, while we CREATE the best life we can imagine – actively and persistently. This is what L.I.F.E. (Living Inspired & Fulfilled Everyday) is about!”

“Watch out world, we’re here to change ya!”

“What if you had the ability to make EVERYDAY the BEST day of your life? You do! You see, we have the opportunity to make everyday our best, through the power of our perspective. The quality of our lives has little to do with what happens to us, but is always determined by the perspective we choose to view our lives from.”

“An empowering perspective gives birth to an empowered life.”

“Each morning when you wake, and everyday for the rest of your life… Expect the best of yourself, and accept the rest from yourself.”

“The path of least resistance leads to a life of no fulfillment.”

“Two of my favorite phrases to repeat to myself daily are ‘Life is perfect’ and ‘I am grateful’. The more I do, the better I feel. Try it for yourself!”

“Give more than you get. Everyday. Everywhere. With everyone. Always.”

“Set goals that are BOLD enough to scare you, but inspiring and exciting enough for you to commit 100% to!”

“Everyday when you wake up, create the intention and then commit to making it your best day ever. Seriously. Do it.”

“When you express gratitude everyday, you give yourself the gift of experiencing the joy of gratitude everyday. Give yourself that gift today!”


“Some guy tried to get tough with me the other day, and I was like, “Look buddy, you don’t want to mess with me… I watch more UFC than anybody you know!”

“To be truly happy, we must embrace that we are already perfect as we are, and everything else is just a story we tell ourselves.”

“Your current life situation, no matter how difficult or challenging, is always the perfect opportunity for you to learn, grow, and to become better than you’ve ever been before.”

“You can do anything you want, but you can’t do everything at once. Prioritize and focus your time on the single actively that will have the greatest impact on your life NOW.”

When you’re living in alignment with your purpose and focused on constantly creating forward progress, you will attract extraordinary opportunities that those who sit around, complain, and “hope” for things to get better, never will.”

Living Your True P.R.O.F.E.S.S.I.O.N. = Purpose Realized Over Fear Excuses Self – Sabotage Insecurity &Obstacles… No-matter-what!

“Human nature is to take the easy road, to give up when things get difficult, and to settle for less than we TRULY want. You must stand guard against your tendencies, rise above your human nature, and tap into the SUPER-human that is within each of us!”

“Any beneficial activity that you know you should be doing but resist doing because you dislike it, you can learn to like by simply doing it consistently. I used to dislike (let’s be honest – “hate”) running, so I started running everyday and I stopped hating it. I used to dislike making sales phone calls, so I started making calls everyday and stopped disliking them. To create the life you want, you MUST do things you don’t particularly enjoy doing, but by doing them, the resistance fades and they get easier and easier. Start today.”

“Personal growth is crucial, but it’s only half of the equation for success. What you learn is important, but it’s what you LIVE that really matters.”

“Motivation must be created daily, and it is YOUR responsibility to create it. Are you doing the things DAILY that create motivation? Such as nourishing your mind/body/spirit everyday with practices like reading (personal development books), exercising, spending time in silence, etc? Are you reviewing your goals, your plan, and taking action toward both everyday? Motivation is available to all of us, but only for those who are willing to do the things each day that create it.”


“The 1st secret to success is to simply master your ability to get started, to take the first step. If you want to get physically fit, simply pack a gym bag everyday and get in the car. Once you do, where else are you going to go?”

“The 2nd secret to success is to be emotionally ‘engaged’ with your goals, but not emotionally attached. What’s the difference? When you are emotionally engaged you create excitement & enthusiasm for the possibility of achieving your goals, but when you are emotionally attached you create fear & pain that you might not.”

“There is no better day than today to do the things you’ve been putting off. Take action; it’s the only way to change your life!” 

“Success is a process for all of us, and as long as you are making consistent progress towards your goals – sincerely giving your best effort more often than not – then you are already successful and deserve to feel proud of yourself.”

“To become a champion, you must first think like a champion, and the best way to think like a champion is start talking like a champion. So start talking today like the champion you could be, and your thoughts and actions will follow.”

“Every result or goal you want to achieve is preceded by a process. The secret to success is to remain unconditionally committed to your (day-to-day) process without being emotionally attached to your (day-to-day) results. Be emotionally engaged, but not emotionally attached.”

“Anything you want for life is available to you, the universe is just waiting for you to take the necessary action(s) before it gives you what you want.”


“This morning when I woke up, I decided I was going to be open to new ideas and opportunities. I decided that I would dedicate today to learning, growing, connecting, and contributing with every person I came in contact with. I committed to giving my best to everything, and to everyone. I decided today was going to be a great day, and now it is.”

“This morning when I woke up I decided that I will live today like others won’t, so that someday I can live like others can’t. I will do what is right, and what is necessary. I will be a force for good, a force for creation, and an unwavering force for contribution. I decided today was going to be an extraordinary day, and as a result… it is.”

“This morning when I woke up, I decided that, beginning today, I will hold myself to higher standards. I will no longer justify mediocrity in my life. I will no longer expect nor accept less from myself that I can be. I will live at my full potential by always choosing, in every moment, to do the ‘right’ thing & not the ‘easy’ thing. I decided today will be the day that I give up who I’ve been for who I can become… and so today is that day.”

“This morning when I woke up, I felt tired. So, I decided that I would not let my feelings dictate nor limit my actions. I decided that to attract, create, & live the life I truly want, I must be proactively moving in the direction of my goals and dreams, even when I don’t feel like it. I decided that by taking action, the action itself will produce the feelings & motivation I need to follow through. I made the choice to follow through with my commitments today… so I am.”

“This morning when I woke up, I did so because I wanted to, not because I had to… I choose to wake up early today & everyday because I am committed to creating an extraordinary life for myself & my family. I choose to learn, grow & become the person I need to be that is capable of creating that life. I make this choice today & everyday because I value the life of my dreams far above my excuses… so I create it NOW.”

“This morning when I woke up, I remembered that my life is richer when I stop living only for my SELF, & I focus on my PURPOSE. “Get off self & get on purpose!” Mark Lovas once said. So, today I will focus on my purpose of ADDING VALUE to the lives of others. Whether through a simple smile, a sincere compliment, or by asking what I can do to help them. Today I decided to live on purpose… so I am.”


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