Maxwell Maltz


American Cosmetic Surgeon and Author of Psycho-Cybernetics, which was a system of ideas he claimed could improve one's self-image

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Close scrutiny will show that most "crisis situations" are opportunities to either advance, or stay where you are.

Failure feelings – fear, anxiety, lack of self-confidence – do not spring from some heavenly oracle. They are not written in the stars. They are not holy gospel. Nor are they intimations of a set and decided fate which means that failure is decreed and decided. They originate from your own mind.

Of all the traps and pitfalls in life, self-disesteem is the deadliest, and the hardest to overcome, for it is a pit designed and dug by our own hands, summed up in the phrase, “It’s no use – I can’t do it.

Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.

It is the young man of little faith who says, 'I am nothing.' It is the young man of true conception who says, 'I am everything,' and then goes to prove it. That does not spell conceit or egotism, and if people think it does, let them think so. Enough for us to know that it means faith, trust, confidence, the human expression of the God within us. He says. 'Do my work.' Go and do it. No matter what it is. Do it, but do it with a zest; a keenness; a gusto that surmounts obstacles and brushes aside discouragement.

Your automatic creative mechanism is teleological. That is, it operates in terms of goals and end results. Once you give it a definite goal to achieve, you can depend upon its automatic guidance system to take you to that goal much better than "you" ever could by conscious thought. "You" supply the goal by thinking in terms of end results. Your automatic mechanism then supplies the means whereby.

Remember you will not always win. Some days, the most resourceful individual will taste defeat. But there is, in this case, always tomorrow - after you have done your best to achieve success today.

Conscious effort inhibits and ‘jams’ the automatic creative mechanism.

Skill in any performance whether it be in sports in playing the piano in conversation or in selling merchandise consists not in painfully and consciously thinking out each action as it is performed but in relaxing and letting the job do itself through you. Creative performance is spontaneous and ‘natural’ as opposed to self-conscious and studied.

He must have a burning desire to solve the problem. But after he has defined the problem sees in his imagination the desired end result secured all the information and facts that he can then additional struggling fretting and worrying over it does not help but seems to hinder the solution.

It is no exaggeration to say that every human being is hypnotized to some extent either by ideas he has uncritically accepted from others or ideas he has repeated to himself or convinced himself are true. These negative ideas have exactly the same effect upon our behavior as the negative ideas implanted into the mind of a hypnotized subject by a professional hypnotist.

The ''self-image'' is the key to human personality and human behavior. Change the self image and you change the personality and the behavior.

Your nervous system cannot tell the difference between an imagined experience and a ‘real’ experience.

Loneliness is caused by an alienation from life. It is a loneliness from your real self.

Times will change for the better when you change.

To think, when one is no longer young, when one is not yet old, that one is no longer young, that one is not yet old, that is perhaps something.

Accept yourself as you are. Otherwise you will never see opportunity. You will not feel free to move toward it; you will feel you are not deserving.

Your most important sale in life is to sell yourself to yourself.

You may live in an imperfect world but the frontiers are not closed and the doors are not all shut.

You are embarking on the greatest adventure of your life -- to improve your self-image, to create more meaning in your life and in the lives of others. This is your responsibility. Accept it, now!

You can do only one thing at a time. I simply tackle one problem and concentrate all efforts on what I am doing at the moment.

This is where you will win the battle: in the playhouse of your mind.

You make mistakes. Mistakes don't make you.

Close scrutiny will show that most ''crisis situations'' are opportunities to either advance, or stay where you are.

Realizing that our actions, feelings and behaviour are the result of our own images and beliefs gives us the level that psychology has always needed for changing personality.

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American Cosmetic Surgeon and Author of Psycho-Cybernetics, which was a system of ideas he claimed could improve one's self-image