Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Power of Commitment

The great thing, and the hard thing, is to stick to things when you have outlived the first interest, and not yet got the second, which comes with a sort of mastery.
Janet Stuart

Genius is perseverance in disguise.
Mike Newlin

The slow penny is surer than the quick dollar. The slow trotter will out-travel the fleet racer. Genius darts, flutters and tires; but perseverance wears and wins.
Orison Marden

The urge to quit is the signal that an opportunity to excel is at hand.
Greg Quinn

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful individuals with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
Calvin Coolidge

Mothers

There is no influence so powerful as that of the mother.
Sarah Hale

For any normal woman in normal circumstances there is bound to be a special excitement and joy and gratitude to God when she holds her first baby in her arms.
Rose Kennedy

To get time for civic work, for exercise, for neighborhood projects, reading or meditation, or just plain time to themselves, mothers need to hold out against the fairly recent but surprisingly entrenched myth that “good mothers” are constantly with their children.
Wendy Sanford

It is at our mother’s knee that we acquire our noblest and truest and highest ideals.
Mark Twain

No ordinary work done by a man is either as hard or as responsible as the work of a woman who is bringing up a family of small children; for upon her time and strength demands are made not only every hour of the day but often every hour of the night.
Theodore Roosevelt

Today Is the Day

Life changes when you least expect it to. The future is uncertain. So, seize this day, seize this moment and make the most of it.
Jim Valvano

Each day comes bearing its gifts. Untie the ribbons.
Anna Schabacker

Today is mine. Tomorrow is none of my business. If I peer anxiously into the fog of the future, I will strain my spiritual eyes so that I will not see clearly what is required of me now.
Elisabeth Elliot

Remember then: there is only one time that is important – now! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power.
Leo Tolstoy

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon – instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.
Dale Carnegie

The Power of Dreams

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt

The poor man is not he who is without a cent but he who is without a dream.
Harry Kemp

The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or by cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.
John F. Kennedy

My mother always told me how important dreams are. “Never give up on your dreams, because dreams are where reality begins,” she said.
Marcia Mahan

The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams.
Og Mandino

Have Fun

It is a happy talent to know how to play.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A little play lets the subconscious go to work.
Napoleon Hill

Remember, play is not frivolous behavior. The word “recreation” contains the two words “re” and “create.” Play is the way to re-create yourself, every day, and remind yourself you are not your work.
Laura Stack

The sole purpose of play is to have fun, to be diverted and amused, to frolic meaninglessly and gleefully for a while, outside the realm of the intellect. When we do this, we discover a positive side of ourselves that celebrates life without analysis, one of the basic components of love.
Leo Buscaglia

Church

You need to have the expertise and the guidance of someone else. You cannot train yourself. The church is the gym of the soul.
Sylvester Stallone

Houses of worship are wonderful places of sanctuary where we can distance ourselves from our outside cares and reflect on what’s important to us.
Mary Lou Retton

A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.
Abigail Van Buren

Take care of your inner self. Pray. Take time to be with God. If you’re not involved in a good church, start looking for one right away – a place where you can fellowship with people of faith who can support and encourage you.
Pat Williams

The Power of Humility

One of the most important qualities of many really successful people is humility. If you have a degree of humility about you, you have the ability to take advice, to be teachable. A humble person never stops learning.
Todd Blackledge

Those most worthy of our praise are the ones who are made most uneasy by it.
John DeFore

With everyone I work with, I stress the humility factor. Humility should be everyone’s final achievement. It is the crown jewel of life. Without it your life will never be full.
Peter Burwash

To be humble to superiors is duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness.
Benjamin Franklin

When victory is achieved, that feeling can be overwhelming. Keep your common sense about you, and be gracious. Silence is often the best tactic after a win. If you must talk, praise your opponent and praise your teammates. Never praise yourself.
John Madden