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
Great opportunities often disguise themselves in small tasks.
— Rick Warren
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
— Sir Winston Churchill
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
— Helen Keller
Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.
— Ann Landers
Among the humble and great alike, those who achieve success do so not because fate and circumstance are especially kind to them. Often the reverse is true. They succeed because they take whatever has been given to them and go on to make the most of their best.
— Sidney Greenberg
Success is not occupying a lofty place or doing conspicuous work, it is being the best that is in you. Do the things near at hand and great things will come to your hands to be done.
— Douglas Malluch
Do your best and leave the rest to God.
— James Howell
You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself, get more sleep, and rest when you know that it was a 100 percent effort that you gave – win or lose.
— Gordie Howe
I have no regrets because I know I did my best – all I could do.
— Midori Ito
With my father there was no such thing as half-trying. Whether it was running a race or catching a football, competing in school – we were to try. And we were to try harder than anyone else. We might not be the best, and none of us were, but we were to make the effort to be the best.
— Robert F. Kennedy
The vision of things to be done may come a long time before the way of doing them becomes clear, but woe to him who distrusts the vision.
— Jenkin Jones
Winners bring reality up to their vision. Losers bring their vision down to reality.
— Chuck Knox
A clear vision, along with the courage to follow through, dramatically increases your chances of coming to the end of your life, looking back with a deep abiding satisfaction, and thinking, I did it. I succeeded. I finished well. My life counted.
— Andy Stanley
Develop a vision. People want to follow someone who knows where he or she is going.
— Kenneth Labich
I noticed an almost universal trait among Super Achievers. These people knew what they wanted out of life, and they could sense it multidimensionally before they ever had it. They could not only see it, but also taste it, smell it and imagine the sounds and emotions associated with it. They prelived it before they had it. And that sharp sensory vision became a powerful driving force in their lives.
— Steve DeVore
If what you want does not happen for you right away, stay at it. Become good at it. You’ll be surprised at how your confidence will build as you develop self-discipline.
— Terry Bradshaw
Genius at first is little more than a great capacity for receiving discipline.
— George Eliot
I sought discipline, I embraced it as a loyal friend. And, throughout my life, it’s rewarded that loyalty by proving me with nothing but success and happiness at every turn.
— Mary Lou Retton
If they’ll just give something for a short time, they’ll have happiness for a long time.
— Weeb Ewbank, on training camp
Self-discipline: everything worthwhile begins at this level. It simply means doing whatever you have to do and making whatever sacrifices are necessary to get the job done the best you know how. It’s hard work; it’s giving up things you like in order to achieve a higher goal.
— Dr. Jim Loehr
Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
— Henry Ford
Little bitty things make the big difference.
— Dan Reeves
In great affairs men show themselves as they wish to be seen; in small things they show themselves as they are.
— Nicholas Chamfort
We cannot do great deeds unless we are willing to do the small things that make up the sum of greatness.
— Theodore Roosevelt
I have never been especially impressed by the heroics of people convinced that they are about to change the world. I am more awed by those who struggle to make one small difference after another.
— Ellen Goodman
Failure is the only precursor to success. Big failure, in turn, is the only precursor to big success.
— Tom Peters
Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end street.
— John Maxwell
I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge.
— Igor Stravinsky
I quit being afraid when my first venture failed and the sky didn’t fall down.
— Allen Neuharth
Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You’re thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all because you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes.
— Thomas Watson