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Excellence

Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.
John Gardner

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
Pearl Buck

Excellence is born of having higher expectations of yourself than anyone could possibly have of you.
Condolezza Rice

People are always making comparisons, and we notice the things that are different. If you render more and better service than others, you will naturally stand out in bold contrast.
Napoleon Hill

A Happy Marriage

The happiness of married life depends upon making small sacrifices with readiness and cheerfulness.
John Selden

Marriage is not so much finding the right person as it is being the right person.
Charles Shedd

God did not create woman from man’s head, that he should command her, nor from his feet, that she should be his slave, but rather from his side, that she should be near his heart.
— Talmud

Every enduring marriage involves an unconditional commitment to an imperfect person.
Gary Smalley and John Trent

Expectations can easily hurt a marriage because the more we expect from our spouses, the more we are likely to take them for granted and the more we are likely not to feel grateful for all the good things they do.
Dennis Prager

How to Set Goals

Think big; start small.
Patricia Fripp

Beware of undertaking too much at the start. Be content with quite a little. Allow for accidents. Allow for human nature, especially your own.
Arnold Bennett

You have to set goals that are almost out of reach. If you set a goal that is attainable without much work or thought, you are stuck with something below your true talent and potential.
Steve Covey

Set your goals high enough to inspire you and low enough to encourage you.
Anonymous

The mistake many people make is setting their expectations too low. Then they fail to mobilize all their talents and resources – which, in turn, lowers their self-regard and level of achievement. Resilient people access their full potential by setting clear goals that will expand their expectations.
Roger Crawford

How to Set Goals

Goals should be difficult to achieve because those achieved with little effort are seldom appreciated, give little personal satisfaction and are often not very worthwhile.
John Wooden

Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope.
Epictetus

Have realistic expectations and set attainable goals. Reaching intermittent, moderate goals is certainly more rewarding and enjoyable than floundering amid unrealistic expectations.
Leonard Finkel

Don’t let anyone else set your goals – you do it yourself. Only you know what you want, and only you know what’s realistic.
Yogi Berra

The goal you set must be challenging. At the same time, it should be realistic and attainable, not impossible to reach. It should be challenging enough to make you stretch, but not so far that you break.
Rick Hansen

A Full Life

If I had my life to live over, I’d relax. I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more chances. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I’d start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies.
Nadine Stair

And in the end is not the years in your life that count. It is the life in your years.
Abraham Lincoln

Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.
U.S. Military Academy cadet maxim

My dad [Charles Schulz] instilled in us how essential it is to enjoy the process of life, regarding every moment and every act as having some importance. He taught us that’s how people achieve greatness in whatever they do.
Jill Transki

Excellence

Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.
John Gardner

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
Pearl Buck

Excellence is born of having higher expectations of yourself than anyone could possibly have of you.
Condolezza Rice

People are always making comparisons, and we notice the things that are different. If you render more and better service than others, you will naturally stand out in bold contrast.
Napoleon Hill