Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
— Jim Ryun
Repetition is the key to good habits, in golf and in life.
— Sandra Haynie
Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.
The successful person is the individual who forms the habit of doing what the failing person doesn’t like to do.
— Donald Riggs
When we have practiced good actions awhile, they become easy; when they are easy, we take pleasure in them; when they please us, we do them frequently; and then, by frequency of act, they grow into a habit.
— John Tillotson
We lift ourselves by our own thoughts; we climb upon our vision of ourselves.
— Orison Marden
Genius is little more than thinking in an unhabitual way.
— William James
Thoughts lead on to purposes, purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.
— Tryon Edwards
The finest thought runs the risk of being irrevocably forgotten if we do not write it down.
— Arthur Schopenhauer
Thoughts are the thermostat that regulates what we accomplish in life. My body responds and reacts to the input from my mind. If I feed my mind upon doubt, disbelief and discouragement, that is precisely the kind of day my body will experience. If I adjust my thermostat forward to thoughts filled with vision, vitality and victory, I can count on that kind of day.
— Charles Swindoll
It’s not what you do once in awhile, it’s what you do day in and day out that makes the difference.
— Jenny Craig
Great battles are really won before they are actually fought. To control our passions we must govern our habits and keep watch over ourselves in the small details of everyday life.
— Sir John Lubbock
You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.
— John Maxwell
The strength of a man’s virtue should not be measured by his special exertions, but by his habitual acts.
— Blaise Pascal
Every habit and faculty is preserved and increased by correspondent actions. If you would be a reader, read; if a writer, write. After sitting still for ten days, get up and attempt to take a long walk; and you will find how your legs have weakened. Whatever you would make habitual, practice it.
To fear the unknown is to never know the wonder of newfound things.
— Gary Player
The habit of doing one’s duty drives out fear.
— Charles Baudelaire
Many of our fears are tissue-paper-thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.
— Brendan Francis
Daniel looked into the face of his God, and would not fear the face of a lion.
— Charles Haddon Spurgeon
There’s only one way I know to overcome fear, and that is to stare your fear in the face and keep moving in the direction of your dream – no matter how much your heart may be pounding, your knees shaking or your brain telling you to turn back.
— Pat Williams
Every person who has become successful has simply formed the habit of doing things that failures dislike doing and will not do.
— John Maxwell
The satisfaction is in the striving.
— Dr. Bob Rotella
If you’re going to be a champion, you must be willing to pay a greater price than your opponent.
— Bud Wilkinson
It’s a circle. Work and confidence. And more work and more confidence.
— Darrell Royal
When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.
— Pauline Kezer
It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.
— Anthony Robbins
If you look at any list of successful people you’ll invariably find they reached the top because they developed good habits, then used them to their advantage.
— Rick Pitino
If one can stick to the training throughout the many long years, then will power is no longer a problem. It’s raining? That doesn’t matter. I am tired? That’s beside the point. It’s simply that I just have to.
— Emil Zatopek
Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit, and you reap a character. Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.
— Charles Reade
If we plant a flower or a shrub and water it daily it will grow so tall that in time we shall need a spade and hoe to uproot it. It is just so, I think, when we commit a fault, however small each day, and do not cure ourselves of it.
— St. Teresa of Avila
People forget how fast you did a job – but they remember how well you did it.
— Howard Newton
First we will be best, then we will be first.
— Lou Holtz
You do not merely want to be considered just the best of the best. You want to be considered the only ones who do what you do.
— Jerry Garcia
Excellence is not a destination you arrive at. It is the benchmark for your journey.
— Magic Johnson
Excellence is an act won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.