Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Power of Positive Thinking

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.
Sir Winston Churchill

Optimism enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not abandon it to his enemy.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The virtue you would like to have, assume it is already yours, appropriate it, enter into the part and live the character just as the great actor is absorbed in the character of the part he plays.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I think the biggest thing for me was just mentally believing I should win these tournaments.
Lindsay Davenport

I’ve gotten a long way just on sheer optimism – taking jobs I was unqualified for, never believing I would fail at them because I’m optimistic to the point of being naïve. I was willing to try things I probably should have failed at and could have failed at but didn’t.
Liz Dolan

Kindness

To exercise kindness without hope of reward is the only possible way to be happy.
Charles Finney

Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.
Samuel Johnson

You will accomplish more by kind words and a courteous manner than by anger or sharp rebuke, which should never be used except in necessity.
Angela Merici

He who distributes the milk of human kindness cannot help but spill a little on himself.
Sir James Barrie

It is my calling to treat every human being with grace and dignity, to treat every person, whether encountered in a palace or a gas station, as a life made in the image of God.
Sheila Walsh

The Downside of Success

There must be more to life than having everything.
Maurice Sendak

A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space.
Gloria Steinem

The funny thing about success is that without your faith, the more successful you get, the bigger the hole in your heart gets.
Chuck Norris

Winning is like drinking salt water; it will never quench your thirst. It is an insatiable greed.
Thomas Tutko

If you are finding your contentment and happiness in your accomplishments, or from the amount of money and possessions you own, I am here to tell you, it doesn’t last.
Paul Azinger

Desire

Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.
Bill Cosby

A champion must have the will to win, not just the wish to win. You have to have an attitude that says, “I know I can do it! And I’m going to do it!”
Patty Berg

Desires must be simple and definite. They defeat their own purpose should they be too many, too confusing, or beyond a man’s training to accomplish.
George Clason

“How does one become a butterfly?” she asked pensively. “You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”
Trina Paulus

Whatever path you follow, do it as though Gershwin had written music to underscore your every move. Romantic and idealistic, yes. But I cannot think of anything in life worthwhile that was achieved without a great desire to achieve it.
Neil Simon

Christian Living

When we come to Christ, He doesn’t just patch us up. He renews us. He doesn’t just reform us. He transforms us by His power.
Billy Graham

The Christian is not a man who is better than someone else, but one who is better than he would be if he were not a Christian.
Anonymous

The biggest fallacy is in the people’s perception of Christianity and their belief that you can’t be a Christian and still be competitive.
Dan Reeves

I feel I can never be as good as people think I am. But I try hard to be a Christian and do right.
Byron Nelson

I was convinced that the basic tenets of Christianity provided a solid foundation upon which to build a life – as well as a football program.
Tom Osborne

The Power of Listening

People will rarely remember your advice, but they will always remember that you listened.
Cara Lawrence

Sometimes the greatest sermon is silence. A suffering person does not need a lecture – he needs a listener.
Billy Graham

One of the best ways to build trust is by deep listening. It’s the most powerful dynamic of human interaction when people feel they’re being heard. Listening doesn’t mean agreeing, but it does mean having the empathic reach to understand another.
Warren Bennis

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when someone asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.
Henry David Thoreau

Bend from the lofty perch of your own disciplines and listen with regard to disciplines not your own. If you are an engineer, listen to the artist; if you are a physicist, listen to the philosopher; if you are a logician, listen to the religionist; and especially if you are in a position of power, listen, listen.
Chaim Potok

The Power of Commitment

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
Dale Carnegie

Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.
Benjamin Disraeli

I have a great deal more respect for someone who keeps coming back after losing heartbreaker after heartbreaker than I do for the winner who has everything going for him.
Wilt Chamberlain

It took me twelve years to become an overnight sensation.
Toby Harrah

God has a way for us to do everything He places in our heart. He does not put dreams and visions in us to frustrate us. We must keep our confidence all the way through to the end, not just for a little bit and then when it looks like the mountain is too big, give up.
Joyce Meyer