The measure of an enthusiasm must be taken between interesting events. It is between bites that the lukewarm angler loses heart.
— Edwin Teale
It’s important to keep trying to do what you think is right no matter how hard it is or how often you fail.
— John Wooden
You learn you can do your best even when it’s hard, even when you’re tired and maybe hurting a little bit. It feels good to show some courage.
— Joe Namath
As long as a person doesn’t admit he is defeated, he is not defeated – he’s just a little behind, and isn’t through fighting.
— Darrell Royal
Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. The body will always give up. It is always tired morning, noon and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired. When you were younger the mind could make you dance all night, and the body was never tired. You’ve always got to make the mind take over and keep going.
— General George Patton
The most disturbing and wasteful emotions in modern life, next to fright, are those which are associated with the idea of blame, directed against the self or against others.
— Marilyn Ferguson
You can make mistakes, but you aren’t a failure until you start blaming others for those mistakes. When you blame others you are trying to excuse yourself. When you make excuses you can’t properly evaluate yourself. Without proper self-evaluation, failure is inevitable.
— John Wooden
Blame is the coward’s way out.
— Elvin Hayes
The moment you blame anyone for anything, your relationship and your personal power deteriorate.
— Brian Koslow
When people do all they can, though it succeeds not well, blame not them that did it.
— George Washington
The most important attribute of successful people is not that they always succeed, but that they respond to failure by coming back and redoubling their efforts.
— Mary Farrell
It’s easy to stick together when you’re winning. But the true test of a team is to stick together when you lose.
— Dale Brown
In the many years before we won a championship I overcame disappointment by not living in the past. To do better in the future you have to work on the “right now.” Dwelling in the past prevents doing something in the present.
— John Wooden
I don’t fear failure because I’ve got the most important ingredients in life at hand – my family and my faith.
— George W. Bush
Losing the Super Bowl was a great disappointment. But I learned from my dad to put things in their proper perspective. It’s only natural to have setbacks in life. But you deal with them and you move on. If losing the Super Bowl is the greatest disappointment I have in my life, then I will have lived a very blessed life.
— Drew Bledsoe
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
Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach. It’s the end you’re after.
— Anthony Robbins
Plans are essential, but I don’t think they require religious adherence. If a plan is working, stick with it. If not, change it.
— Robert Dedman
The opposite of quitting isn’t “waiting around.” No, the opposite of quitting is an invigorated new strategy designed to break the problem apart.
— Seth Godin
Flexibility allows you to put worry where it belongs – out of your life – because you know that if one path is closed to you, you can find another one to get you to wherever it is you want to go.
— Pat Williams
When you fail it’s often not the inherent goal that was wrong or misguided, it was simply that the means to that goal were inappropriate. You must be able to separate your vision from the path to that vision – sometimes it’s just the route you take that has to be altered.
— Rick Pitino
The size of our past goals has determined our present life style. The size of our future goals will determine our future life style.
— Danny Cox
If you don’t fail now and again, it’s a sign you’re playing it safe.
— Woody Allen
People don’t exert themselves for little, unimportant goals. They work hard, take great risks and let nothing stop them only for big, important goals. That’s why leaders who try to play down the difficulty of a task make a big mistake.
— Major William Cohen
Your goal should be just out of reach, but not out of sight.
— Anita DeFrantz
Every goal must have a completion date attached. If a date is not attached, the desired outcome turns into an intention rather than a goal, postponed by the eternal promise of “someday,” crippled by the not-now syndrome. Dates commit intentions to calendar realities. They target the time frame for the goal and prevent it from withering away into infinity.
— Cherie Carter-Scott
There are no triumphs without setbacks. Recognize this, and you’re less likely to be brought down by one failure, or a series of disappointments.
— Joe Torre
There is no disgrace in defeat. Champions are born in the labor of defeat.
— Bill Tilden
There is no such thing as defeat, except when it comes from within. As long as a person doesn’t admit he is defeated, he is not defeated – he’s just a little behind and isn’t through fighting.
— Darrell Royal
Failure is part of learning. Fear of failure can paralyze you. If you don’t risk looking ridiculous or inept or even stupid sometimes, you may stay secure, but you’ll also stay the same. By avoiding failure, you’re also avoiding life’s richness.
— Maria Shriver