The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
— William James
Many people flounder about in life because they have no purpose. Before it is possible to achieve anything, an objective must be set.
— George Halas
People want to be on a team. They want to be part of something bigger than themselves. They want to be in a situation where they feel they are doing something for the greater good.
— Mike Krzyzewski
Find a purpose in life so big that it will challenge every capacity to be at its best.
— David McKay
I believe that everything in life has a purpose. And our lives themselves have a purpose. Organizing the details of our lives brings that purpose into sharper focus. The sharper it is, the less likely we will lose sight of it after a severe setback.
— George Allen
You weren’t an accident. You weren’t mass produced. You aren’t an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted and lovingly positioned on the Earth by the Master Craftsman.
— Max Lucado
It is better to have faith in a cause that will ultimately succeed than to succeed in a cause that will ultimately fail.
— Bobby Bowden
Every man is born with the ability to do something well. This is what the Lord intended him to do. Using that ability – that’s what life is all about.
— George Allen
God requires a faithful fulfillment of the merest trifle given us to do, rather than the most ardent aspiration to things to which we are not called.
— St. Francis de Sales
What men call training and preparation, God calls the end. God’s end is to enable me to see that He can walk on the waves of the chaos of my life just now. If we have a further end in view, we do not pay sufficient attention to the immediate present: if we realize that obedience is the end, then each moment as it comes is precious.
— Oswald Chambers
If you can identify what you still have energy to do while suffering from burnout, you’re well on your way to knowing what your life purpose is.
— John Stanko
Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
— Howard Thurman
You were born with an inner guidance system that tells you when you are on or off purpose by the amount of joy you are experiencing. The things that bring you the greatest joy are in alignment with your purpose.
— Jack Canfield
What is the chief end of man? To glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.
— Westminster Shorter Catechism of the Presbyterian Church
You can easily take your purpose for granted because to you it’s second nature. What do you do that causes people to say, “Wow, how did you do that?”? You probably reply, “It was nothing.” In a sense, it was nothing to you because it was consistent with your purpose.
— John Stanko
A difficult crisis can be more readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose – a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve.
— John Maxwell
Success demands singleness of purpose.
— Vince Lombardi
To have a great purpose to work for, a purpose larger than ourselves, is one of the secrets of making life significant, for then the meaning and worth of the individual overflow his personal borders and survive his death.
— Will Durant
Don’t be afraid to follow your bliss, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.
— Joseph Campbell
Keep a written copy of your definite major purpose and your plan for it inside your notebook. Then, whenever your enthusiasm is ebbing, pick up your notebook. Not only will it remind you of the reason you should be enthusiastic, but it will also review for you the benefits of that enthusiasm.
— Napoleon Hill
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
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
He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
Nothing contributes so much to tranquilizing the mind as a steady purpose – a point on which the soul may fire its intellectual eye.
— Mary Shelley
You must have a purpose for each day. This gives each day a structure and the sense you are controlling the day and not being controlled by it. Purpose establishes your discipline and makes you more focused.
— Rick Pitino
More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent.
— Billy Sunday
The rewards of reaching for excellence are profound. I’m not talking about a pay raise, a plaque or even a gold medal. It’s living into a purpose or a calling that enlivens even the most mundane tasks. It’s a deep pride in the life we are living.
— Nancy Hogshead