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

Make a Difference

The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.
J.D. Salinger

The measure of a man is in the lives he’s touched.
Erin Banks

Change your focus from success to significance. Don’t try to impress; instead, impact. Seek influence; not affluence. Don’t try to make just money; make a difference.
John Maxwell

The world is before you, and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in.
James Baldwin

Whenever I held my newborn baby in my arms, I used to think that what I said and did to him could have an influence not only on him but on all whom he met, not only for a day or a month or a year, but for all eternity – a very challenging and exciting thought for a mother.
Rose Kennedy

The Power of Vision

The great man has a vision of the future that enables him to put obstacles in perspective; the ordinary man turns pebbles in the road into boulders.
Henry Kissinger

If you have been seeing things that are not there, it could be that you are not hallucinating but are a person pregnant with a miracle and about to do the impossible.
T.D. Jakes

I see that my steadfast desire was alone responsible for whatever progress or mastery I have made. The reality is always there, and is preceded by vision. And if one keeps looking steadily the vision crystallizes into fact or deed.
Henry Miller

Begin with the end in mind.
Stephen Covey

The people who make a difference in this world commit to what could be before they know where the money is coming from. Their vision is enough to cause them to jump in. Money usually follows vision. It rarely happens the other way around. Consequently, vision always involves sacrifice and risk-taking.
Andy Stanley

Christian Living

Not even close, but it was a good second.
Alison Nicholas, when asked if winning the U.S. Open was the best thing that ever happened to her, even more important than her deeply held religious beliefs

I try to work with God as a partner.
Gary Player

Often people engaged in highly competitive enterprises believe that matters of faith hinder effective performance. My experience has led me to believe that spiritual preparation contributes to effective performance no matter what the arena.
Tom Osborne

Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God.
Dr. Bob Pierce

Because golf is an individual sport, when you do well, you tend to feel as though you are the one who’s doing it, that you are the one in control of it, that you are the one who’s deserving of it. But when God opens your eyes and makes you realize that everything you have is a result of Him and that you’re totally dependent on Him, it makes a huge difference. It’s important for me to know that I can rest in the fact that God – not Steve Lowery – is in control of my life.
Steve Lowery

The Road to Wisdom

Learning from the wise sayings of great men is like riding to success on the shoulders of giants.
Elbert Hubbard

Fire your ambition and courage by studying the priceless advice in the proverbs and wise sayings. They’re the shortest road to wisdom you’ll ever find.
Alexander Graham Bell

Wise sayings are lamps that light our way, from darkness to the light of day.
Henry Ward Beecher

Every man like myself, who never went to college, can largely make up for that lack by reading the wise sayings of the great men of the past, who gladly left their wisdom and experience in proverbs for us who follow them.
Sir Winston Churchill