Enjoy Life

Life is for enjoying. It is not a race to see how much you can get done.
Jill Clark

Life will sometimes hand you a magical moment. Savor it.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Do not miss a day’s enjoyment or forgo your share of innocent pleasures.
— Apocrypha: Ecclesiasticus

Every minute that goes by is a minute that’s lost if we don’t enjoy it. Your life can be as exciting as you want it to be. I love my life.
Dot Richardson

The true way to live is to enjoy every moment as it passes, and surely it is in the everyday things around us that the beauty of life lies.
Laura Ingalls Wilder

Time with Children

Many of the most highly publicized events of my presidency are not nearly as memorable or significant in my life as fishing with my daddy.
Jimmy Carter

We must beware of packing our schedules by saying “yes” to things which mean “no” to our families. Now is the time to take time. There is no other.
R. Kent Hughes

When we tell ourselves, “I’ll work hard now, putting in long hours, and after I’ve achieved a certain measure of success, I’ll spend more time with my family,” we may fool ourselves, but we won’t fool our children. They will grow up with or without us, and then when we turn toward them, ready to spend more time with them, they may no longer be as receptive or available.
Dorothy Nolte

“Sentence me,” said a father in court at his son’s trial for one of the hideous crimes of today. “I have been so busy all his life making money that I did not know what he was about. I alone am to blame – sentence me.”
Anne Monroe

No time is more special between father and child than the few minutes just before bed. I’ve found that their age doesn’t even affect it. Whether they’re 15 months or 15 years, they are the warmest, kindest and most appreciative of beings during that brief period. Use this opportunity for whatever you like: a bedtime story, a prayer, a discussion. It doesn’t really matter. The important thing is your being there, your giving them your full attention.
Joe Kita

Build Confidence

He who sets a very high value upon himself has the less need to be esteemed by others.
Samuel Butler

If your self-esteem rests upon social validation, you have not self-esteem, but a form of social conformity.
Rollo May

Self-esteem is like a difficult-to-cultivate flower. It requires frequent nurturing that occurs when you keep your word and follow through on your promises.
Derrick Bell

His creation of you combined with His love for you and demonstrated by His work in you makes you of significant value.
Josh McDowell

People with high self-esteem are risk takers, but more important, they are achievers.
Rick Pitino

Control

What is important to recognize is that you are totally in control of your success – not your opponent, not the judges, critics, media or anyone else. It’s up to you.
John Wooden

List those areas in your job where you have control, and those where you do not. Pay close attention, so that you do everything you can to seize control when possible, and let go in areas where control is not possible.
Joe Torre

Steadfastly refuse to upset yourself over something you can’t control.
Jim Walter

The more concerned we become over the things we can’t control, the less we will do with the things we can control.
John Wooden

If you get caught up in things over which you have no control, it will adversely affect those things over which you have control.
Joshua Wooden, Coach John Wooden’s dad

Overcome Temptation

The most effective defense against temptation is this: Shut your eyes.
Ibn Gabirol

Every temptation is an opportunity for us to draw nearer to God.
George Sweeting

Since you are tempted without ceasing, pray without ceasing.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

If you have been tempted into evil, fly from it. It is not falling into the water, but lying in it, that drowns.
— Anonymous

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
1 Corinthians 10:13

Be a Gentleman

This is the final test of a gentleman: his respect for those who can be of no possible service to him.
William Phelps

I’d like to be known as a gentleman first, and then as a golfer.
Ben Hogan

You can be tough as nails and still be a gentleman.
Bo McMillin

A gentleman is one who considers the rights of others before his own feelings and the feelings of others before his own rights.
John Wooden

Challenge Yourself

Real competitors relish the challenge, the bigger the better. The more difficult the game, the more they improve.
John Wooden

To be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist.
Gail Sheehy

I’ve never hidden from a challenge. The more difficult something is, the more interested I get.
Derek Jeter

Give yourself an even greater challenge than the one you are trying to master and you will develop the powers necessary to overcome the original difficulty.
William Bennett

The higher the mountain and the harder it is to climb, the better I respond.
Jack Nicklaus