Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Power of Action

Activity makes more men’s fortunes than cautiousness.
Marquis de Vauvenargues

Don’t wait until you feel like taking a positive action. Take the action and then you will feel like doing it.
Zig Ziglar

Action is eloquence.
William Shakespeare

Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
Mother Teresa

Often we are caught in a mental trap of seeing enormously successful people and thinking they are where they are because they have some special gift. Yet a closer look shows that the greatest gift that extraordinarily successful people have over the average person is their ability to get themselves to take action.
Anthony Robbins

When Bad Things Happen

You can overcome anything. It takes having an obstacle to learn and grow.
Orlando Bloom

It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.
Isaac Asimov

Greatness comes not when things always go good for you, but the greatness comes when you are really tested, when you take some knocks, some disappointments, when sadness comes. Because only if you have been in the deepest valleys can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.
Richard Nixon

Every failure, obstacle or hardship is an opportunity in disguise. Success in many cases is failure turned inside out.
Mary Kay Ash

The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.
M. Scott Peck

The Joy of Work

Winning the Nobel prize wasn’t half as exciting as doing the work itself.
Maria Mayer

Hard physical labor is the most underrated joy in life. It keeps you young in mind and body.
Sam Jerzak

Work is a good word. When we work hard at something we enjoy and feel good about, we feel good about ourselves again and again and again.
Mike Krzyewski

Work is much more fun than fun.
Noel Coward

Working hard becomes a habit, a serious kind of fun. You get self-satisfaction from pushing yourself to the limit, knowing that all the effort is going to pay off.
Mary Lou Retton

The Power of Patience

Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is “timing.” It waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.
Bishop Fulton Sheen

He that can have patience can have what he will.
Benjamin Franklin

When we read of the great Biblical leaders, we see that it was not uncommon for God to ask them to wait, not just a day or two, but for years, until God was ready for them to act.
Gloria Gaither

Slow growing trees bear better fruit.
Jean Moliére

I always wanted to force the outcome, make something happen. Sometimes you have to let events unfold in front of you, and attack when the opportunities are there. It’s hard to accept that some things are not in your control.
Notah Begay III

Dogs

There’s just something about dogs that makes you feel good. You come home; they’re thrilled to see you. They’re good for the ego.
Janet Schulman

The dog was created especially for children. He is the god of frolic.
Henry Ward Beecher

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
Ben Williams

Folks will know how large your soul is by the way you treat a dog.
Charles Doran

I can still see my first dog. For six years he met me at the same place after school and conveyed me home – a service he thought up himself. A boy doesn’t forget that sort of association.
E.B. White

The Best Book

The Bible grows more beautiful as we grow in our understanding of it.
Johann von Goethe

The vigor of our spiritual life will be in exact proportion to the place held by the Bible in our life and thoughts.
George Mueller

Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Tell your prince that the Bible is the secret of England’s greatness.
Queen Victoria, to an African

The word of God will stand a thousand readings; and he who has gone over it most frequently is the surest of finding new wonders there.
James Hamilton

How to Set Goals

You want to set a goal that is big enough that in the process of achieving it you become someone worth becoming.
Jim Hohn

If you want to rev up your motivation to achieve a goal, frame your desired goal in the positive (i.e., weigh 150, rather than not be overweight) and create a clear mental picture of you enjoying your success. For most people, pictures provide more of an emotional charge than words alone.
Dr. Suzanne Zoglio

Set attainable goals; reach them and then set higher ones.
Dick Gould

Once you decide that something is a priority, you give it tremendous emotional intensity, and by continually focusing on it, any resource that supports its attainment will eventually become clear. Therefore, it’s not crucial to understand exactly how you’ll achieve your goals when you first set them.
Anthony Robbins