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
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
It doesn’t take great men to do things, but it is doing things that makes men great.
— Arnold Glasgow
Never fail to do something because you don’t feel like it. Sometimes you just have to do it now, and you’ll feel like it later.
— Marie Freeman
It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.
— Mahatma Gandhi
It’s easier to act your way into new ways of feeling than to feel yourself into new ways of acting.
— Susan Glaser
Motivation doesn’t really exist outside of action. Motivation is movement. By taking action, by setting out along the path, we start the process, we create our own motivation.
— Anthony Grant and Jane Greene
People who chase their dreams do what they love and they go for greatness. Those kinds of dreams, the dreams that fill their minds with purposeful energy, are the most potent source of motivation I know.
— Dr. Bob Rotella
If you don’t daydream and plan things out in your imagination, you never get there. So you have to start someplace.
— Robert Duvall
Those who learn to recognize the promptings of their heart and then find the courage to follow them are the ones who win races, rule nations and create masterpieces.
— Richard Chang
At least once a day, allow yourself the freedom to think and dream for yourself.
— Albert Einstein
That impossible dream you dreamed when you were young but got talked out of, the one you thought you outgrew, might be the key to awakening your genius. That special talent you never followed through on might be an important source of delight, the one you should commit to. That old dream might be the one thing that will bring the magic of meaning to your life.
— Mark Hansen and Barbara Nichols
Let your goals be important enough to override your distractions.
— Billy Casper
There were dozens, even hundreds, of small goals that led me to the point where I finally became a Yankee.
— Derek Jeter
Motivated people raise the bar to supposedly unreachable heights and then establish the methods necessary to reach those heights. They purposely set difficult goals for themselves, because they realize that if the challenge isn’t worthy, the payoff will be empty and unsatisfactory.
— Rick Pitino
Make sure your goals are clear and specific. If your goals are nebulous, the results are likely to be nebulous too.
— Pat Williams
If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not being very innovative in what you’re doing.
— Weston Agor
When God allows one door to close, He will open another door for you, revealing something bigger and better.
— Joel Osteen
Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.
— Sir Winston Churchill
Circumstances may cause interruptions and delays, but never lose sight of your goal. Prepare yourself in every way you can by increasing your knowledge and adding to your experience, so that you can make the most of opportunity when it occurs.
— Mario Andretti
Opportunities and motivation are connected. Motivated people see opportunities, and opportunities are often what motivate people.
— John Maxwell
You create opportunity. You develop the capacities for moving toward opportunity. You turn a crisis into an opportunity and defeats into successes and frustration into fulfillment. With what? With your great invisible weapons: your good feelings about yourself, your determination to live the best life you can, and your feeling that only you can give yourself, that you are a worthwhile, deserving person.
— Dr. Maxwell Maltz
Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.
— Lou Holtz
It would be very difficult to fail, no matter what your endeavor, if you went to work every day with a great attitude and dedicated yourself to a sound process.
— Bob Rotella
If there’s one thing that you could give your children that’s more important than anything money can buy, it’s a positive mental attitude. It gives children, even as youngsters, the will to be happy and the desire to succeed.
— Robert Dedman
Life is 10 percent what happens to us, and 90 percent how we respond to it. Attitude is the single most significant decision I make every day.
— Charles Swindoll
We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.
— Viktor Frankl