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Even though it’s difficult to choose my favorite motivational quotes, it’s safe to say that Anais Nin spoke some of my best loved quotes.

Anais Nin was a,confident, extraordinary, French-Cuban writer, who defined success on her terms.

Speaking of success – I would like to share with you five of my favorite Anais’s quotes that will inspire you to stay motivated to achieve your success.

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

This quote should inspire you to step out of the shadows into your light. If you stay in your safety zone, as you get older, the toxic energy of regret will keep you looking backwards, instead of forwards with joyful anticipation.

“Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.”

You have a dream but as you look through the lens of your reality, you question the possibility of achieving your dream. You see lack of money, resources, connections and you even question your own worthiness of realizing this dream.

Ignore your “it’s not possible reality,” move forward in faith, whatever happens will be experiential.

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

It takes courage to do the things that you’re afraid of. Fear is the portal to your success. Stepping through that portal in spite of your fears will build your courage and enrich your life. The more portals you step through, the more courageous you’ll become and you will learn and grow beyond recognition.

If fear holds you back, your life will become one dimensional and lack luster. Like a muscle it will shrink and eventually atrophy.

“Dreams are necessary to life.”

The beautiful car you’ve always wanted sits in your driveway. One problem, the gas tank is empty. Your car isn’t taking you anyplace until you feed it some fuel.

Your dreams fuel your life.

Don’t park your life. When one dream is realized, fuel your life with another dream.

And another. And another.

Your life will be vibrant, happy, and fulfilling.

 “The secret of joy is the mastery of pain.”

Life hands us a smorgasbord of painful experiences: unrequited love, betrayal, losing a loved one, and the pain of …

 Pain lurks in the shadows of every successful life.

When pain knocks, let it in. Embrace it. Feel it. Touch it. Taste it. Smell it. Pain intensifies with resistance and subsides with acceptance.

This is pain mastery

The flip side of pain is joy one can’t exist without the other. Mastering pain frees you to feast from the smorgasbord of joy.

It’s a wrap

Having dreams that are unconventional will be problematic, only, if you allow others to influence your decisions.

Whether your dreams are conventional or unconventional, throw caution to the wind, bend the rules or make your own rules and stay inspired to achieve your success as it’s defined by YOU.

Your turn

What do you do when you need a boost of inspiration?

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