Category Archives: Be Your Best

How to Grow

All growth is a leap in the dark, an act without the benefit of experience.
Henry Miller

It is by extending oneself, by exercising some capacity previously unused that you come to a better knowledge of your own potential.
Harold Bloom

God never puts anyone in a place too small to grow.
Anonymous

Undertake something that is difficult; it will do you good. Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
Ronald Osborn

Heart

A man who works with his hands is a laborer. A man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman. A man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.
Louis Nizer

The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart.
Robert Frost

To a young man learning to perform on the flying trapeze, a veteran circus performer once said: “Throw your heart over the bars and your body will follow.” In every field of endeavor those who put their hearts in their work are the real leaders. Falling in love with one’s job is the secret of success.
Anonymous

To be successful, have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.
Thomas Watson

Greatness

Like an ant carrying a morsel of bread to his dwelling place, greatness is often dragged by persons who seem too small.
T.D. Jakes

Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.
Hugh Cameron

God does not always choose great people to accomplish what He wishes, but He chooses a person who is wholly yielded to Him.
Henrietta C. Mears

The people we admire are ordinary people that have been able to accomplish some extraordinary things. The things that make them extraordinary are things that we all possess.
Rolf Benirschke

God is looking not for great people but for people who will dare to prove the greatness of their God.
L.B. Cowman

Pressure

Pressure usually represents opportunity.
Jimmy Connors

I like added pressure. It makes me work harder.
Mary Lou Retton

Pressure is neither good nor bad. You can convert pressure into negative tension and worry – or positive expectation and enthusiasm. It’s a choice you make yourself.
Edge Keynote

You never will be the person you can be if pressure, tension and discipline are taken out of your life.
James Bilkey

It’s important that you don’t fear pressure: You should embrace it. It brings out the best in all of us. You want it every day of your working life. You want to feel that each day you are under a microscope, that you are involved in something that’s important.
Rick Pitino

Great Decisions

The best decision you’ll ever make is probably one you’ve been putting off.
Charles Foster

Not to decide is to decide.
Harvey Cox

There’s a very easy way to test whether you’re making decisions based on emotions. When you come across data that are strikingly different from what you previously thought, how long does it take for you to shift your thinking? The longer it takes to accept new data, the more you’re relying on your emotions.
Michael Dell

Whenever I make a decision, I start out by recognizing that there’s a strong likelihood that I’m going to be wrong. All I can do is the best I can. To worry about it puts obstacles in the way of clear thinking.
Fletcher Byron

The effective decision-maker does not start out with the assumption that one proposed course of action is right and all others must be wrong. Nor does he start out with the assumption, “I am right and he is wrong.” He starts out with the commitment to find out why people disagree.
Peter Drucker

Gossip

I will speak ill of no man, and speak all the good I know of everybody.
Benjamin Franklin

Gossip needn’t be false to be evil – there’s a lot of truth that shouldn’t be passed around.
Frank Clark

To listen to gossip both creates and encourages gossip. No listeners, no gossip.
A.P. Gouthey

Speak no evil of anyone who is absent, for it is unjust.
George Washington

Never listen to talk about the weaknesses of others, and if someone complains of another, you can tell him humbly to say nothing of it to you.
St. John of the Cross

Getting Advice

Get good counsel before you begin; and when you have decided, act promptly.
Sallust

Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.
Proverbs 13:10

Many receive advice, only the wise profit by it.
Publilius Syrus

The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.
Proverbs 12:15