Monthly Archives: January 2012

Discover Your Purpose

If you can identify what you still have energy to do while suffering from burnout, you’re well on your way to knowing what your life purpose is.
John Stanko

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
Howard Thurman

You were born with an inner guidance system that tells you when you are on or off purpose by the amount of joy you are experiencing. The things that bring you the greatest joy are in alignment with your purpose.
Jack Canfield

What is the chief end of man? To glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.
Westminster Shorter Catechism of the Presbyterian Church

You can easily take your purpose for granted because to you it’s second nature. What do you do that causes people to say, “Wow, how did you do that?”? You probably reply, “It was nothing.” In a sense, it was nothing to you because it was consistent with your purpose.
John Stanko

The Power of Faith

Stepping out in faith always brings clarification of God’s plan.
Charles Swindoll

Everything is possible for him who believes.
Mark 9:23

Faith sings in your heart, no matter what assaults your soul.
Lester Sumrall

Deep faith eliminates fear.
Lech Walesa

All the strength and force of man comes from his faith in things unseen. He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions.
James Clarke

The Power of Commitment

Constant effort and frequent mistakes are the stepping-stones of genius.
Elbert Hubbard

Bear in mind, if you are going to amount to anything, that your success does not depend upon the brilliancy and the passion with which you take hold, but upon the bull-doggedness with which you hang on after you have taken hold.
A.B. Meldrum

My golf is woeful, but I will never surrender.
Bing Crosby

As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
James 5:11

A Child’s Happiness

The more parents try to make their children happy, the more they prevent their children from learning how to make themselves happy.
John Rosemond

To show a child what has once delighted you, to find the child’s delight added to your own, so that there is now a double delight seen in the glow of trust and affection, this is happiness.
J.B. Priestley

Your most important goal as a parent is not to make your children happy on a short-term basis. It’s to raise capable, responsible human beings. There are many times when your children will be unhappy with your decisions. Usually, this means you’ve made the right decision.
Elizabeth Pantley

Parents who don’t make happiness a goal but who concentrate on the basics – making sure their child works hard in school and takes his chores and responsibilities seriously – will produce a child whose talents and values will bring him success.
Marilu Henner

Mother had a lot to say. This does not mean she was always talking but that we children felt the wells she drew upon were deep, deep, deep. Her theme was happiness: what it was, what it was not; where we might find it, where not; and how, if found, it must be guarded. Never must we confound it with pleasure. Nor think sorrow its exact opposite.
Mary Lavin

Mothers

Everybody knows that a good mother gives her children a feeling of trust and stability. She is their earth. Only to touch her skirt or her sleeve makes a troubled child feel better.
Katharine Hathaway

I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
Abraham Lincoln

I am amazed (and secretly delighted) at how many people stop me to have a look at my baby. Motherhood seems to break all social barriers as conversations with strangers of all ages and backgrounds evolve.
Simone Bloom

You have omitted to mention the greatest of my teachers – my mother.
Sir Winston Churchill, on being asked to check a list of those who had taught him

In the event of an oxygen shortage on airplanes, mothers of young children are always reminded to put on their oxygen mask first, to better assist the children with theirs. The same tactic is necessary on terra firma. There’s no way of sustaining our children if we don’t first rescue ourselves. I don’t call that selfish behavior. I call it love.
Joyce Maynard

It’s the Little Things

I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but it is my chief duty and job to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
Helen Keller

You must be willing to do the things that are not fun.
Pat Summitt

The point is not to do remarkable things, but to do ordinary things with the conviction of their immense importance.
Teihard de Chardin

Do not despise the bottom rungs in the ascent to greatness.
Publilius Syrus

A little neglect may breed great mischief. For want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe, the horse was lost; for want of a horse, the battle was lost; for want of the battle, the war was lost.
Benjamin Franklin

Experience

Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him.
Aldous Huxley

There is no quick way to learn; the only teacher is experience.
Forrest Gregg

In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.
Harold Geneen

If experience was so important, we’d never have had anyone walk on the moon.
Doug Rader

If you are not in a lifelong learning situation then you are the person who has 35 years in business and one year’s experience 35 times.
Sir Graham Day