The Importance of Prayer

Prayer is our highest privilege, our greatest responsibility and greatest power God has put into our hands.

If you begin with prayer, you can think more clearly and make fewer stupid mistakes.
Sir John Templeton

I do not know how one could perform this job without getting on bended knee in fervent prayer.
Rick Perry, Governor of Texas

We kneel, how weak! we rise, how full of power!
Richard Trench

There are many things that are essential to arriving at true peace of mind, and one of the most important is faith, which cannot be acquired without prayer.
John Wooden

Character Required for Success

Character is what you are in the dark.
D.L. Moody

Success is the product of character. The development of your character is in your own hands, and poverty plus honest ambition is the best environment for character building.
Charlie Jones

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.
James Miles

We’re gonna look real hard at a fella’s character before we draft him. There’s been a lot of people cut in this league who had the ability, more ability than guys who are playing.
Bum Phillips

Poppy looked for opportunities to foster character in every situation that required out-of-the ordinary effort or carried the potential for disaster. The harder the effort or the worse the outcome, the greater the potential he saw for “character development.” From the earliest age, everything we kids hated doing (cleaning the house) or failed at (flute, banjo, saxophone) became a lesson in character development.
Mary Matalin

Admit Mistakes

Conceal a flaw, and the world will imagine the worst.
Marcus Martial

Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.
Bruce Lee

Confident leaders freely admit their own mistakes. And by doing it publicly, they set an example for others to take responsibility.
Bill Parcells

A man should never be ashamed to admit he was wrong, which is but saying that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.
Alexander Pope

Admit when you’re wrong. When I’m courageous enough to admit I’m wrong or I’ve made a mistake, I’m amazed at the generosity of the person on the receiving end. This increases trust, elevates credibility and strengthens the relationship.
Vickie Milazzo

Overcome Difficulties

One of the keys to success lies in understanding the nature of the obstacle before you, then using it to your advantage. Find out how that obstacle can make you stronger. Learn from it. Grow.
Heather Whitestone, Miss America 1994, who is deaf

One method I use to discover the treasure in my personal trials is to write on a piece of paper a list of my past trials and what possible benefits have come from each of them.
Gary and Norma Smalley

I view adversity, in all its forms, as a test of my faith in God. If I develop the habit of trusting God on a regular basis with the myriad little problems that constitute daily life, then I’m prepared when the larger issue of adversity arises.
Bobby Bowden

If you would not have affliction visit you twice, listen at once to what it teaches.
James Burgh

The most significant common intangible among the truly great is that they enjoy adversity. They want to be put in fear-inducing situations because they know it is the ultimate test. The true prize is not the trophy; rather, it is the knowledge that at precisely the right moment, one is able to exercise absolute self-control and precise judgment. This, in turn, allows the skills to take over, and the triumph follows.
Gary Player

Best Effort

By applying yourself to the task of becoming a little better each and every day over a period of time, you will become a lot better. Only then will you be able to approach being the best you can be. It begins by trying to make each day count and knowing you can never make up for a lost day.
John Wooden

Just do the best with what you have, and you’ll soon be doing it better.
Gil Hodges

Achieving your personal best is all one can ask of themselves. If the results are first, fourth or thirtieth, and it is the best you have ever done, then that is something to be proud of.
Bonnie Blair

Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.
George Halas

It’s easy to say success is having a gold medal or winning a championship, but I think it is much more than that. It’s knowing I did everything I could possibly do to win. The results are less significant than the effort.
Kelly Williams

Overcome Failure

Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
Sir Winston Churchill

Inside a ring or out, ain’t nothing wrong with going down. It’s staying down that’s wrong.
Muhammad Ali

I learned from my father not to wallow in disappointment. He taught me to use these experiences to fight back – not only for myself, but also in a way that’s constructive and beneficial to many others. He was a very generous person and despite his lifetime of disappointments, he was an incredible optimist.
Lani Guinier

Ever tried and failed? No matter. Try again and fail better.
Samuel Beckett

Long before any championships were ever won at UCLA, I came to understand that losing is only temporary and not all-encompassing. You must simply study it, learn from it and try hard not to lose the same way again. Then you must have the self-control to forget about it.
John Wooden

Take Pleasure

Make the most of every sense; glory in all of the pleasures and beauty which the world reveals to you.
Helen Keller

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.
Søren Kierkegard

To live much and to take pleasure in life is to live twice.
Baltasar Gracián

Most men that thrive in the world forget to take pleasure during the time that they are getting their estate, but reserve that till they have got one, and then it is too late for them to enjoy it.
Samuel Pepys

Get a life in which you notice the smell of salt water pushing itself on a breeze over the dunes, a life in which you stop and watch how a red-tailed hawk circles over a pond and a stand of pines. Get a life in which you pay attention to the baby as she scowls with concentration when she tries to pick up a Cheerio with her thumb and first finger.
Anna Quindlen