People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.
— Earl Nightingale
A goal gives you confidence – it turns the meek to bold.
— Don Decker
The man with average mentality, but with control, a definite goal and a clear conception of how it can be gained and, above all, with the power of application and labor, wins in the end.
— William Howard Taft
Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.
— Fitzhugh Dodson
The overarching goal is important for its motivational properties. Most people need to believe in something that is larger than their day-to-day, often mundane, tasks. They are more likely to become committed to making things happen right if they believe in the significance of the unit’s goal.
— David Bradford and Allan Cohen
If what you want does not happen for you right away, stay at it. Become good at it. You’ll be surprised at how your confidence will build as you develop self-discipline.
— Terry Bradshaw
Genius at first is little more than a great capacity for receiving discipline.
— George Eliot
I sought discipline, I embraced it as a loyal friend. And, throughout my life, it’s rewarded that loyalty by proving me with nothing but success and happiness at every turn.
— Mary Lou Retton
If they’ll just give something for a short time, they’ll have happiness for a long time.
— Weeb Ewbank, on training camp
Self-discipline: everything worthwhile begins at this level. It simply means doing whatever you have to do and making whatever sacrifices are necessary to get the job done the best you know how. It’s hard work; it’s giving up things you like in order to achieve a higher goal.
— Dr. Jim Loehr
What you think of yourself is much more important than what others think of you.
Confidence is contagious. So is the lack of confidence.
— Vince Lombardi
Strike a balance between confidence and humility – enough confidence to know that you can make a real difference, enough humility to ask for help.
— Carley Fiorina
You may succeed when others do not believe in you, but never when you do not believe in yourself.
I have to really believe that I can medal, and then I’ll do whatever it takes every day to prepare myself for when that time comes. If I don’t think I can, then I’m not going to give it that hundred percent or more that I need to give, to suffer. You have to find that line and go just beyond it.
— Tinker Juarez
No one can arrive from being talented alone. God gives talent; work transforms talent into genius.
— Anna Pavlova
Working at a young age helped my confidence grow in my own ability to succeed.
— J.C. Watts
Men trust to what they call their genius, and many a gifted artist has never come to his kingdom because he has never learned to toil.
— Hugh Black
A professional is one who does his best work when he feels the least like working.
— Frank Lloyd Wright
A man is relieved and happy when he has put his heart into his work and done his best.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
It’s in the little things and in the lonely places that we prove ourselves capable of the big things.
— Charles Swindoll
Every small, positive change we can make in ourselves repays us in confidence in the future.
— Alice Walker
Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground and later win a little more.
— Louis L’Armour
It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.
— Laura Ingalls Wilder
We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.
— Marian Edelman
My parents gave me the biggest gift a parent can give a child: Confidence.
— Elizabeth MacKay
A child can never be better than what his parents think of him.
— Marcelene Cox
The fact that my father had so much confidence in me helped me develop my potential. He never let me get discouraged. He gave me security and let me know that he would be there for me “come hell or high water.” I think that was the greatest gift Dad gave me.
— Bernadine Healy
No child ever has too much self-esteem. If you take every possible opportunity to point out what children do well, praise them descriptively for it and express appreciation, your child will become more cooperative, competent and confident.
— Nancy Samalin
Children arrive in our arms longing to be known, longing to accept themselves as they are, to be who they are. So when they wade into the swift current of their times, they will be able to stand firm and won’t depend on peer pressure to give them their standard.
— Charles Swindoll
When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun; and when you have fun, you can do amazing things.
— Joe Namath
To be a champion, you have to believe in yourself when nobody else will.
— Sugar Ray Robinson
Confidence is the sexiest thing a woman can have.
— Aimee Mullins
No one could ever win if you had to win before you could win. So you have to win in your mind. That’s what we’re talking about when we’re talking about confidence.
— Dr. Bob Rotella
Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secret of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four c’s. They are curiosity, confidence, courage and constancy, and the greatest of these is confidence.
— Walt Disney