Monthly Archives: November 2010

The Power of Humility

Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.
Rick Warren

Greatness is a two-faced coin – and its reverse is humility.
Marguerite Steen

Even though a ruler may be wise as a sage, he must humble himself and yield to others. Then the intelligent will offer him their counsel and the brave will exert themselves to the fullest for him.
Sina Guange

Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be thankful. Conceit is self-given; be careful.
John Wooden

I don’t think that because I play for the Yankees and make millions that I’m better than someone who carries my suitcase onto an airplane or someone who picks up my dry cleaning. That’s a weak attitude for anyone to have. If you ever feel that way, you need to reevaluate yourself and your priorities.
Derek Jeter

How to Set Goals

If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.
Andrew Carnegie

If you don’t have obstacles, it probably means you’re not setting your goals high enough.
Derek Jeter

Write down your goals. There’s something about writing things down that makes them more “real.” If your goals are written down, you can pull them out from time to time and check your progress toward accomplishing them.
Pat Williams

The higher your goals, the more you’ll achieve, even if you don’t realize every goal.
Gary Player

Your goals should have a specific deadline attached to them. Almost as important as what you’re going to do is when you will do it. No matter how grand your personal goals may be, if you don’t have a realistic timetable attached to them, you may find that you never achieve them at all.
Pat Williams

Relax with a Book

A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.
Henry Ward Beecher

Books are the food of youth, the delight of old age, the ornament of prosperity, and the refuge and comfort of adversity.
Cicero

Books are no substitute for living, but they can add immeasurably to its richness.
May Arbuthnot

If you drop gold and books, pick up the books first, then the gold.
Jewish Proverb

One of my favorite perks during fair weather is to simply take a book out into the sunshine. After lunch I pull up a chair on my patio and spend ten minutes or so basking and browsing. The combination of the warm sun, the absorbing words and the pure relaxation is almost guaranteed to lift my spirits and send me back to work with a higher joy-quotient.
Thomas Kinkade

Kindness

Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate.
Albert Schweitzer

The older you get the more you realize that kindness is synonymous with happiness.
Lionel Barrymore

Charity does not require a large deed. It often takes little acts of kindness in the form of a warm smile or a kind word.
Stephen Covey

Kindness makes a man attractive.
Proverbs 19:22

It is a good idea to be ambitious, to have goals, to want to be good at what you want to do, but it is a terrible mistake to let drive and ambition get in the way of being a nice person who cares about other people and takes the trouble to treat them with kindness and decency. The point is not that they will then be nice to you. The point is that you will feel better about yourself.
Robert Solow

The Disadvantages of Debt

Credit lets you start at the bottom and then dig yourself into a hole.
Anonymous

Debt is the worst poverty.
Thomas Fuller

Scripture does not prohibit borrowing. But there is not one positive reference to borrowing money in all of the Bible. All references to borrowing are negative. Most of them are warnings.
Larry Burkett

Getting into debt is getting into a tanglesome net.
Benjamin Franklin

The problem with borrowing money is that the people you borrow it from want it back plus a little extra for the privilege. That’s why people who live on tomorrow’s money become impoverished; tomorrow’s money always costs more. The laws of compounding interest make tomorrow’s money the most expensive money there is to use.
Wes Beavis

Be Grateful

If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can’t buy.
Daniel Webster

I remember those happy days and often wish I could speak into the ears of the dead the gratitude which was due to them in life and so ill-returned.
Gwyn Thomas

Remember the wonderful blessings that come to you each day from the hands of a generous God, and forget the irritations that would detract from your happiness.
William Ward

Keep a grateful journal. Every night, list five things that you are grateful for. It will change your perspective of your day and your life.
Oprah Winfrey

About ninety percent of the things in our lives are right and about ten percent are wrong. If we want to be happy, all we have to do is to concentrate on the ninety percent that are right and ignore the ten percent that are wrong.
Dale Carnegie

The Power of Commitment

Define success in terms of how well you honor your commitment to the process.
Dr. Bob Rotella

It often helps to write commitments down and keep them in front of us. Recording our roles and goals strengthens our resolve and reminds us to budget time and other resources.
Stephen Covey

I resolve to apply myself industriously to whatever business I take in hand, and not divert my mind from my business by any foolish project of growing suddenly rich; for industry and patience are the surest means of plenty.
Benjamin Franklin

Commitment gives us new power. No matter what comes to us – sickness, poverty or disaster, we never turn our eye from the goal.
Ed McElroy

Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality. It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions. And the actions which speak louder than words. It is making the time when there is none. Coming through time and time after time, year after year after year. Commitment is the stuff character is made of; the power to change the face of things. It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism.
Abraham Lincoln