Emotional maturity is the ability to stick to a job and to struggle through until it is finished, to endure unpleasantness, discomfort and frustration.
— Edward Strecker
It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up again.
— Vince Lombardi
So long as there is breath in me, I will persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles of success: if I persist long enough I will win.
— Og Mandino
I never wrote anything that was published until I was forty.
— James Michener
We all make mistakes, but the winner knows that success comes from perseverance: trying, failing, learning and doing it again until he succeeds. Most important, a winner does not waste energy by scolding or berating himself. He keeps practicing, takes a break and tries again.
— Judy Ford
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
My strongest point is my persistence. I never give up in a match. However down I am, I fight until the last ball. My list of matches shows that I have turned a great many so-called irretrievable defeats into victories.
— Bjorn Borg
Character is determined in the second half.
— Bernie Casey
I wrote for twelve years and collected 250 rejection slips before getting any fiction published, so I guess outside reinforcement isn’t all that important to me.
— Lisa Alther
A champion is one who gets up when he can’t see.
— Jack Dempsey
Doers are willing to break through the barriers of pain that stand between themselves and a goal. The pain barriers might be emotional or physical – or both. Doers realize that any goal of substance is not meant to be achieved easily and they will face severe tests of their patience and determination along the path to fulfillment.
— Gary Player
We will always have time for the things we put first.
— Liane Steele
Try to make decisions based on your priorities, not your pressures.
— Patrick Morley
It is impossible to do everything people want you to do. You have just enough time to do God’s will. If you can’t get it all done, it means you’re trying to do more than God intended for you to do.
— Rick Warren
There’s no such thing as not enough time if you’re doing what you want to do.
— Robert Half
People who are consistent winners manage their challenges in hierarchical fashion. They set priorities and they live those priorities. They commit to managing their time in such a way that they do not spend time grinding along on priority number two or three or four if priority number one needs their attention.
— Phillip McGraw
Life follows the 95/5 rule. Ninety-five percent of what we worry about will never happen. And 95 percent of the time, if it does happen, the anticipation has been far worse than the reality.
— Roger Crawford
Every morning I spend fifteen minutes filling my mind full of God, so there’s no room left for worry thoughts.
— Howard Christy
I try to only worry about things I have control over.
— Steve Nash
All worry is caused by calculating without God.
— Oswald Chambers
Work doesn’t make a person tired, worry does. It saps your energy and attacks your dreams. It tries to make you believe you can’t succeed when success is almost within your grasp. Win over worry, and you’ll find that victory is at hand.
— John Maxwell
If there’s one characteristic all winners share, it’s that they care more than anyone else. No detail is too small to sweat or too large to dream.
— Jack Welch
Even if it’s just for 15 minutes, pursue one of your passions every day. Watch your health and esteem grow as you feed your soul through regular exercise of passionate interest.
— Dr. Ellen McGrath
The most successful people are the ones who have a passion for what they do. They never get bored, they still look forward to their work, and that’s what keeps them going.
— Yogi Berra
Passion is the key to success. Every achiever I’ve met is quick to admit that the passion for his or her dream made it happen.
— Robert Schuller
The more excited you are about accomplishing something that is important to you, the more excited others will be about helping you do it. Emotions are contagious. The more passion you have for your life and your activities, the more charisma you will have, and the more cooperation you will gain from others.
— Andrew Wood and Brian Tracy