Monthly Archives: June 2015

The Power of Concentration

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.
Alexander Graham Bell

The difference in men does not lie in the size of their hands, nor in the perfection of their bodies, but in this one sublime ability of concentration: to throw the weight with the blow, to live an eternity in an hour.
Elbert Hubbard

Concentration is a fine antidote to anxiety.
Jack Nicklaus

It is those who concentrate on but one thing at a time who advance in this world.
Og Mandino

If there is any one “secret” of effectiveness, it is concentration. Effective executives do first things first and they do one thing at a time. Concentration – that is, the courage to impose on time and events one’s own decision as to what really matters and comes first – is the executive’s only hope of becoming the master of time and events.
Peter Drucker

Reading

There is no remedy so easy as books, which if they do not give cheerfulness, at least restore quiet to the most troubled mind.
Lady Mary Montagu

The only things that are going to change you from where you are today to where you are going to be five years from now are the people you meet and the books you read.
Lou Holtz

Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourse of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.
Helen Keller

Men of power have no time to read; yet the men who do not read are unfit for power.
Michael Foot

I try to make time for reading each night. In addition to the usual newspapers and magazines, I make it a priority to read at least one newsweekly from cover to cover. If I were to read only what intrigues me – say, the science and business sections – then I would finish the magazine the same person I was when I started. So I read it all.
Bill Gates

The Power of a Budget

A budget can give you a taste of financial success, regardless of your income level.
Larry Burkett

The purpose of a budget is not to restrict your spending but to be a tool for you to determine where your money is presently going, so you can shift funds around to match your long-term goals and priorities.
T.D. Jakes

Managing your finances creates peace of mind. Life costs money, and knowing how much you have and consciously choosing where and how to spend it puts you in the driver’s seat. It allows you to live gracefully as opposed to clutched with fear, anxiety or panic about insufficiency and survival. When you are at ease, your life – and hence your ability to succeed further – just flows better.
Cherie Carter-Scott

The term “budget” has earned a bad reputation unjustly. People who do not live on a budget are not handling their finances efficiently, especially those people who think they don’t need one.
Larry Burkett

A Good Attitude

Attitude is a person’s most important asset.
Tom Bradley

Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it.
Henry Ward Beecher

The only disability in life is a bad attitude.
Scott Hamilton

Accomplishment is 85 percent attitude and 15 percent skill.
Zig Ziglar

If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behavior. In other words, begin to act the part, as well as you can, of the person you would rather be, the person you most want to become. Gradually, the old, fearful person will fade away.
William Glasser

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