Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
— Jim Ryun
Repetition is the key to good habits, in golf and in life.
— Sandra Haynie
Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.
The successful person is the individual who forms the habit of doing what the failing person doesn’t like to do.
— Donald Riggs
When we have practiced good actions awhile, they become easy; when they are easy, we take pleasure in them; when they please us, we do them frequently; and then, by frequency of act, they grow into a habit.
— John Tillotson
Emotional maturity is the ability to stick to a job and to struggle through until it is finished, to endure unpleasantness, discomfort and frustration.
— Edward Strecker
It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up again.
— Vince Lombardi
So long as there is breath in me, I will persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles of success: if I persist long enough I will win.
— Og Mandino
I never wrote anything that was published until I was forty.
— James Michener
We all make mistakes, but the winner knows that success comes from perseverance: trying, failing, learning and doing it again until he succeeds. Most important, a winner does not waste energy by scolding or berating himself. He keeps practicing, takes a break and tries again.
— Judy Ford
My ultimate dream was to play major-league baseball, but I had smaller goals along the way.
— Derek Jeter
A goal is a dream with a deadline.
— Harvey Mackay
Reach for the furthest thing you think you can get. Then reach again. Sooner or later, the things that looked way beyond you are the next natural goal to reach.
— Calvin Peete
People are like rubber bands: They must be stretched to be effective.
— John Maxwell
A goal isn’t truly a goal until a time schedule has been worked out for its fulfillment. Once you have answered what you will do, you must then decide when you expect to complete it. Until that happens, a goal still lives in the land of dreams.
— John Stanko
No man is worthy to succeed until he is willing to fail.
— A.W. Tozer
The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try nothing and succeed.
— Lloyd Jones
When I was young, I observed that nine out of every ten things I did were failures, so I did ten times more work.
— George Bernard Shaw
I work continuously within the shadow of failure. For every novel that makes it to my publisher’s desk, there are at least five or six that died on the way.
— Gail Godwin
There is no disgrace in honest failure; there is disgrace in fearing to fail.
— Henry Ford
Never let hope elude you. That is life’s biggest fumble.
— Bob Zuppke
Trust your hopes, not your fears.
— David Mahoney
Hope encourages men to endure and attempt everything; in depriving them of it, or in making it too distant, you deprive them of their very soul.
— Field Marshal Maurice de Saxe
Hope is the medicine I use more than any other – hope can cure nearly anything.
— Dr. McNair Wilson
Life is fleeting. But if you live your life in hope, hope that you can make a difference somehow, and you strive to succeed, then your life will last forever and you will never be forgotten.
— Samuel Adams
Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience.
— Admiral Hyman Rickover
The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.
— Linus Pauling
A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock pile when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind.
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
— John Steinbeck
Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.
— Cavett Robert
Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.
— Peter Marshall
Half finished work generally proves to be labor lost.
— Abraham Lincoln
Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it.
— Margaret Thatcher
I always have good finishes. You go as hard as you can until the end. You can always rest when it’s over.
— Janet Evans