Combine outer effectiveness with inner tranquility (quotes)

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The holy grail is to combine inner tranquillity with effective outer action

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Outer effectiveness benefits life

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Outer effectiveness helps us get things done to make a positive impact on our lives and the world …

  • To me success means effectiveness in the world, that I am able to carry my ideas and values into the world – that I am able to change it in positive ways. Maxine Hong Kingston
  • Success, happiness, peace of mind and fulfilment – the most priceless of human treasures – are available to all among us, without exception, who make things happen – who make ‘good’ things happen – in the world around them. Joe Klock
  • Power is the faculty or capacity to act, the strength and potency to accomplish something. Stephen Covey
  • Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success. Henry Ward Beecher
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… something which is an important part of living

  • You must be the kind of man who can get things done. Ayn Rand
  • You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream; you’ve got to get out there and make it happen for yourself. Diana Ross
  • Life just doesn’t hand you things. You have to get out there and make things happen. That’s the exciting part. Emeril Lagasse
  • If you don’t make things happen then things will happen to you. Robert Collier
  • True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new. Antoine de Saint- Exupery
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Inner tranquillity benefits life

  • Inner tranquillity makes us healthy and happy and nurtures the soul
  • A happy life consists in tranquillity of mind. Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. Swami Satchidananda
  • At times our lives seem like that of a tranquil island in a sea of chaos. The battle is to keep this sea of chaos at bay and not let it wash us away into utter chaos. Sanjeeva Ananthan
  • One who has control over the mind is tranquil in heat and cold, in pleasure and pain, and in honour and dishonour; and is ever steadfast with the Supreme Self. Bhagavad Gita
  • Quiet is peace. Tranquillity. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it. Khaled Hosseini
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Together, inner tranquillity and outer effectiveness create a virtuous cycle

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Inner tranquillity can greatly boost outer effectiveness…

  • A life with a peaceful centre can weather all storms. Norman Vincent Peale
  • Calmness is the cradle of power. G. Holland
  • Being relaxed, at peace with yourself, confident, emotionally neutral, loose, and free- floating – these are the keys to successful performance in almost everything. Wayne Dyer
  • Everything you do can be done better from a place of relaxation. Stephen C. Paul
  • The cyclone derives its powers from a calm centre. So does a person. Norman Vincent Peale
  • Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. Peter Drucker
  • If an individual has a calm state of mind, that person’s attitudes and views will be calm and tranquil even in the presence of great agitation. Tenzin Gyatso
  • If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. Shunryu Suzuki
  • In karate, there is an image that’s used to define the position of perfect readiness: “mind like water.” Imagine throwing a pebble into a still pond. How does the water respond? The answer is, totally appropriately to the force and mass of the input; then it returns to calm. It doesn’t overreact or underreact. David Allen
  • Life is water, and we tend to push too hard, thrash about, force things, struggle. Instead, learn to float, learn to allow things to become effortless. Leo Babauta
  • The constant, unproductive preoccupation with all the things we have to do is the single largest consumer of time and energy. Kerry Gleeson
  • The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be. Bruce Lee
  • The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. James Allen
  • The power of calm: In matters of the mind, the more mental effort you apply to any given situation, the less will be the result. Richard Carlson
  • The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil. Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • There is usually an inverse proportion between how much something is on your mind and how much it’s getting done. David Allen
  • Wherever I go in the midst of movement and activity, I carry my stillness with me. Deepak Chopra
  • Your ability to be productive is directly proportional to your ability to relax. David Allen
  • Your power is proportional to your ability to relax. David Allen
  • Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances. Thomas Jefferson
  • The thing to do is to keep your mind when the world around you is losing theirs. Warren Buffett
  • The calm and balanced mind is the strong and great mind; the hurried and agitated mind is the weak one. Wallace D. Wattles
  • Some people think that meditation takes time away from physical accomplishment. Most people, however, find that meditation creates more time than it takes.   Peter McWilliams
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…while lack of inner tranquillity tends to reduce outer effectiveness

  • Conscious effort inhibits and ‘jams’ the automatic creative mechanism. Maxwell Maltz
  • Time is like that: cussed when we try to speed up, a dear friend when we slow down. Richard Koch
  • For he who has no tranquillity there is no concentration. Bhagavad-Gita
  • The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.
  • Stress is poison. Agave Powers
  • Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness. Richard Carlson
  • Looking to any angry, anxious, or otherwise stressed emotional state to help you sort out the pain you’re in is like trying to organize your monthly bills by throwing them into a blender. Guy Finley
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Outer effectiveness can be supportive of inner tranquillity…

  • Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action. Walter Anderson
  • Out of the strain of the doing into the peace of the done. Julia Louis Woodruff
  • Nothing brings order to a disordered mind like making a decision and letting it stand. Tony Robbins
  • Decide the outcome and the action step, put reminders of those somewhere your brain trusts you’ll see them at the right time, and listen to your brain breathe easier. David Allen
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…while lack of outer effectiveness can destroy it

  • Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they’ve started. David Allen
  • Anxiety is caused by a lack of control, organisation, preparation and action. David Allen
  • Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task. William James
  • Sometimes it seems your ever-increasing list of things to do can leave you feeling totally undone. Susan Mitchell
  • The constant, unproductive preoccupation with all the things we have to do is the single largest consumer of time and energy. Kerry Gleeson
  • If you let yourself get caught up in the urgencies of the moment, without feeling comfortable about what you’re not dealing with, the result is frustration and anxiety. David Allen
  • To be “on edge,” you are literally not centred – not being in your spiritual centre. Carrie Latet
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Paths to inner tranquillity and outer effectiveness

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Some effective ways to acquire inner tranquillity are through meditation, relaxation and spiritual practices

  • Meditation gives you an opportunity to come to know your invisible self. It allows you to empty yourself of the endless hyperactivity of your mind, and to attain calmness. It teaches you to be peaceful, to remove stress, to receive answers where confusion previously reigned. Wayne Dyer
  • When the restless activity of your mind slows down, when your thoughts stop rushing like waves on a windy day, then you will start getting glimpses of the sweet taste of inner peace. Remez Sasson
  • By altering the neurochemistry of the brain, spiritual practices bestow a sense of peace, happiness, and security, while decreasing symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress. Andrew Newberg
  • The real spiritual progress of the aspirant is measured by the extent to which he achieves inner tranquillity. Swami Sivananda
  • I believe the root of all happiness on this earth to lie in the realization of a spiritual life with a consciousness of something wider than materialism; in the capacity to live in a world that gives you tranquillity without complacency because you believe in something so much larger than yourself. Sir Hugh Walpol
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However, we must not close ourselves off to the messiness of everyday life

  • You might be tempted to avoid the messiness of daily living for the tranquillity of stillness and peacefulness. This of course would be an attachment to stillness, and like any strong attachment, it leads to delusion. It arrests development and short- circuits the cultivation of wisdom. Jon Kabat-Zinn
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The tranquillity bestowed by spiritual practices can help us to be more effective in our daily lives

  • The kind of spirituality I value is one in which you get great joy out of contributing to life, not just sitting and meditating, although meditation is certainly valuable. But from meditation, from the resulting consciousness, I would like to see people in action creating the world they want to live in. Marshall Rosenberg
  • So now we’re down to the brass tacks. Admit it. You want to be good in business, you want to be a success in your life, but you also have a strong instinct that tells you life wouldn’t be much unless it had a spiritual side to it too. Geshe Michael Roach
  • Buddhism has always taught that there is a time and a place for taking on the life of a secluded monk, for living apart from the world in order to learn to serve the world. But serve the world we must, and to do so we must be in the world. Geshe Michael Roach
  • One goal is material fulfilment, and the means for that is the creation of wealth. The second goal is the attainment of liberation, and the means for that is spiritual practice. The Dalai Lama
  • You might be tempted to avoid the messiness of daily living for the tranquillity of stillness and peacefulness. This of course would be an attachment to stillness, and like any strong attachment, it leads to delusion. It arrests development and short- circuits the cultivation of wisdom. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • While spirituality provides an efficient and endless fuel for your mind and body, you must burn that fuel with human action towards your goals, dreams, and desires. Steve Maraboli
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Spiritual tranquillity and outer effectiveness are by no means contradictory.  They fit together like hand in glove.

  • While spirituality provides an efficient and endless fuel for your mind and body, you must burn that fuel with human action towards your goals, dreams, and desires. Steve Maraboli
  • Never accept the idea that, because you are in business, you don’t have the opportunity or time or personal qualities which a true spiritual life demands, or that maintaining a deep inner life is somehow contradictory with leading a business career. The wisdom of The Diamond Cutter says that the very people who are attracted to business are exactly the ones who have the inner strength to grasp and carry out the deeper practices of the spirit. Geshe Michael Roach
  • And think of Buddha’s followers not just as shaved-head mendicants sitting on the ground cross- legged, chanting om at the wall. Perhaps the greatest masters of Buddhism in ancient times were the royalty, those with the drive and talent to manage entire countries and economies. Geshe Michael Roach
  • Spirituality is not to be learned by flight from the world, or by running away from things, or by turning solitary and going apart from the world. Rather, we must learn an inner solitude wherever or with whomsoever we may be. We must learn to penetrate things and find God there. Meister Eckhart
  • The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it. Henri J. M. Nouwen
  • There should be a balance between material and spiritual progress, a balance achieved through the principles based on love and compassion. The Dalai Lama
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