Opportunities don’t present themselves in ideal circumstances. If you wait for all the lights to turn green, you will never leave your driveway.
— John Maxwell
Pain is short, and joy is eternal.
— Friedrich von Schiller
Pain and suffering are inevitable in our lives, but misery is an option.
— Chip Beck
Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.
— Ernest Hemingway
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.
— George Bernard Shaw
It is when things go hardest, when life becomes most trying, that there is greatest need for having a fixed goal. When few comforts come from without, it is all the more necessary to have a fount to draw on from within.
— B.C. Forbes
If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us.
— Jim Rohn
Having an exciting destination is like setting a needle in your compass. From then on, the compass knows only one point – its ideal. And it will faithfully guide you there through the darkest nights and fiercest storms.
— Daniel Boone
Dreams whet your appetite, but goals make you hungry.
— Josie Bisset
The key to activating the laws of success is for you to become perfectly clear about what it is you want and exactly what it will look like when you have achieved it. Just as you wouldn’t attempt to build a house without a plan, you wouldn’t think of building a great life without a clear list of the goals you wish to attain and a written plan of action for the attainment of those goals.
— Brian Tracy
We tend to move to our comfort zones. To reach a goal, we must expand a comfort zone.
— James Newman
If you’re not making many errors, you might ask yourself, “How many opportunities am I missing by not being more aggressive?”
— Roger von Oech
Goal: An aim or objective, the end toward which effort is directed.
Resolution: The quality of not allowing difficulties or opposition to affect one’s purpose.
We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal and then leap in the dark to our success.
— Henry David Thoreau
Pursuing your goals is much like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. While you ultimately seek the final outcome, you still have to work piece by piece. Since you will spend most of your time trying to make progress, you must enjoy what you are doing in order to finish. Take joy from the process, and use the small successes to fuel your continued efforts.
— Dr. David Niven
When you have shut the doors, and darkened your room, remember never to say that you are alone; for God is within.
The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
— 1 Peter 5:10
There may be those on earth who dress better or eat better, but those who enjoy the peace of God sleep better.
— L. Thomas Holdcraft
In the greatest difficulties, in the heaviest trials, in the deepest poverty and necessities, God has never failed me: the financial balance for the entire Inland China Mission yesterday was twenty-five cents. Praise the Lord! Twenty-five cents – plus all the promises of God.
— J. Hudson Taylor
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
— Isaiah 41:10
Strengthen your commitment to improvement by rewarding yourself for achieving a goal.
— Patrick Cohn
From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.
— Franz Kafka
By itself, no goal is compelling. No matter how good the idea, no one will go through the inevitable – and often painful – ups and downs of making it happen unless they really care. Those who reach their goals must have a passion driving them, a personal fervor.
— Marilyn Tam
Difficulties increase the nearer we approach the goal.
— Johann von Goethe
One secret to success I’ve learned the hard way is incredibly basic: Write everything down. Leave nothing to memory. Memory gets you in trouble. Memory ultimately betrays you. Memory allows you to be unfocused. Memory gives you an easy excuse when you fail. Writing down your day’s purpose simply makes you better organized.
— Rick Pitino
I should be the most presumptuous blockhead upon this footstool if I for one day thought that I could discharge the duties which have come upon me, since I came to this place, without the aid and enlightenment of One who is stronger and wiser than all others.
— Abraham Lincoln
For God is at work within you, helping you want to obey him, and then helping you do what he wants.
— Philippians 2:13 (TLB)
Reach up as far as you can, and God will reach down all the way.
— John Vincent
We are never without help. We have no right to say of any good work, it is too hard for me to do, or of any sorrow, it is too hard for me to bear, or of any sinful habit, it is too hard for me to overcome.
— Elizabeth Charles
The strengthening of faith comes through staying with it in the hour of trial.
— Catherine Marshall
A weak faith is weakened by predicaments and catastrophes whereas a strong faith is strengthened by them.
— Viktor Frankl
Faith given back to us after a night of doubt is a stronger thing, and far more valuable to us than faith that has never been tested.
— Elizabeth Goudge
Your seed of greatness will not grow without you using your faith to stretch yourself beyond your past limitations.
— T.D. Jakes
Faith is not conjuring up, through an act of your will, a sense of certainty that something is going to happen. No, it is recognizing God’s promise as an actual fact, believing it is true, rejoicing in the knowledge of that truth and then simply resting because God said it.
— L.B. Cowman