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When Bad Things Happen

The price of progress is trouble.
Charles Kettering

Trouble is a part of life, and if you don’t share it, you don’t give the person who loves you a chance to love you enough.
Dinah Shore

There is no man in this world without some manner of tribulation or anguish, though he be king or pope.
Thomas à Kempis

Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes.
Henry Kaiser

Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.
Henry Ward Beecher

The Power of Change

You must adapt to change, and condition yourself to see it as an opportunity to improve yourself, not as a window to failure.
Rick Pitino

Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
George Bernard Shaw

Change means the unknown. It means, too many people cry, insecurity. Nonsense! No one from the beginning of time has had security.
Eleanor Roosevelt

See change as opportunity, not threat.
Jack Welch

Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.
King Whitney, Jr.


Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.
Robert Schuller

Your life is all about progress, not perfection. You’ll never be perfect, but you can and will make progress.
Todd Duncan

None of us will ever achieve perfection. We also will never achieve our full potential if we don’t constantly strive for perfection.
Greg Quinn

The maxim “Nothing avails but perfection” spells paralysis.
Sir Winston Churchill

Understand that you won’t actually ever become the best of which you are capable. That’s perfection. We can’t obtain perfection as I understand it. But we can work, and work hard, toward obtaining it. If you do that, you will never lose, in sports or in life.
John Wooden

Overcome Difficulties

The men whom I have seen succeed best in life have always been cheerful and hopeful men, who went about their business with a smile on their faces, and took the changes and the chances of this mortal life like men, facing rough and smooth alike as it came.
Charles Kettering

Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them?
Rose Kennedy

The quickest way I know to lose heart is to concentrate on the things that haven’t been accomplished, rather than the things that have.
Ron Mehl

The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.
John Madden

You may be looking at the mountains in your life and thinking, “If I can only conquer this one difficulty, then I won’t worry about the rest.” But the truth is that once you discover the excitement and passion of defeating that first mountain, you’ll be anxious to get started on the next one – and so on.
Pat Williams

Power of Goals

Goals are the fuel of progress.
Greg Norman

If I don’t set goals, I just dilly-dally around and I don’t have anything to work for.
Amber Amstutz

Goals are different than dreams. Goals have a time limit and an action plan; dreams don’t. You can dream forever and never get anywhere, but goals you can reach.
Yogi Berra

If set high, but not impossibly so, goals make us work harder and learn how to cope with adversity.
Robert Brown

As you accomplish your daily and weekly goals, your confidence grows with each new achievement.
Patrick Cohn

The Right Direction

You’ve got to think about “big things” while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.
Alvin Toffler

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Muriel Strode

It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly. Do not mistake activity for achievement.
Mabel Newcomber

We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and getting back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.
C.S. Lewis

A man following Christ’s teaching is like a man carrying a lantern before him at the end of a pole. The light is ever before him, and ever impels him to follow it, continually lighting up fresh ground and attracting him onward.
Leo Tolstoy

The Power of Courage

Change is what keeps us fresh and innovative. Change is what keeps us from getting stale and stuck in a rut. Change is what keeps us young.
Rick Pitino

The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.
Charles Kettering

Where there are changes, there are always business opportunities.
Minoru Makihara

I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.
Aldous Huxley

Too many people remain in a bad or stagnant situation simply because they’re afraid of any change. “This situation may not be ideal,” we think to ourselves, “but at least I know where I stand.” But unless you take the initiative to try something new, you may never know how much better things can be.
Mary Lou Retton